Horror Movies Can’t be that Bad, Can They?

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You may not have watched a lot of horror movies growing up so you could sleep.  Well there actually might be a basis for not watching them beyond being able to sleep that night.  Scary movies can actually induce anxiety in people later in life and have shown results of being terrible for your sleep.  What most people find is that it’s important to limit how often you watch horror movies.  Every once in a while may be okay, but if you’re watching them every night then you may have a problem and might need to tone it down.

What can happen if I watch too many horror movies?

If you haven’t seen a horror show yet then you’re probably really young or super religious.  I’d venture to say that almost everyone’s seen at least one in their lifetime.  However, studies have shown that frequent viewers tend to have heavy anxiety that can last until even when they’re grown up.  Not to mention many people develop triggers that can create fears that can and will last with them for the rest of their lives.  There are a few things you can do to lessen the dangers of watching horror films.

Light

Instead of getting wrapped up in your own blanket burrito and turning off every possible light, maybe leave a light on or two.  Anything you can do to reduce the jump scares and general anxiety that scary movies can give you will be beneficial for you.

Turn the sound down

It should be pretty obvious that when a movie gets all quiet in the next five seconds you’re going to have a jump scare.  Jump scares also tend to be pretty loud and anxiety filling.  If you want to reduce the amount of anxiety from them then turning the sound down is actually very effective.  Have you ever watched a horror movie without sound?  It’s a really different experience.  They tend to draw heavily from the music and sound effects to create the atmosphere that makes half the things the characters do scary.

Make it a game

Horror movies are known to have ridiculous tropes that are just reused repeatedly.  Just like how your parents may have told you to make cleaning your room into a game to make it more fun.  You can make a game of counting how many cliches a single movie will use.  Here are a few of my favorite scary flicks that I like to play this game to.

  • Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • Friday the 13th.
  • Cabin in the Woods.
  • Psycho.
  • The Exorcist.
  • The Shining.

I’m sure you have a few of your own favorites you’d watch instead but these are just some of mine.

Watching it earlier

Most people tend to want to watch these films later to get the… “full effect”.  Why do they need to be so dumb?  If they weren’t going to get scared before they are now.  Some people can handle the effects and are pretty good at staying up, but if you know you’re one of those people who get scared easily then just don’t do it.

What if I REALLY want to watch one?

Then that’s okay.  You can definitely improve your health without changing your whole life around.  Just try to work on limiting how often it is, and limiting the scariness when you do.  I love them just as much as the next guy, but I make my health a priority and try to protect it at all costs.  You can still get the content of the movie while making it less scary, a light on during it won’t kill you.  Keep this in mind next time the occasion comes up.  It might just save you some sleep.