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What can I do if I have recurring nightmares?

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Last Updated: 06/22/2020 at 9:36am
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May 31st, 2015 10:44pm
I drink anytype of tea it doesnt really matter with honey and listen to a happy upbeat song so i go to bed with a good mood :)
June 30th, 2015 11:56pm
Try to meditate before bed if possible. :) Another option is talking to your family doctor on the possibility of medicine.
August 31st, 2015 1:16am
Turn the nightmare into light. It can be anywhere from taming the monster that haunts you or turning the scenario into your favor. Within every ounce of darkness, ever second of fear; there is something bright. Use it against them, look deep within and face it courageously. Have you ever heard of the Lightmares? They are what takes away the light, and shows us the beauty in the night.
May 16th, 2016 2:18am
Try some relaxation techniques (meditation, etc.) and positive self-talk right before you fall asleep. Tell yourself that you are safe and that you won't be afraid of your dreams but you will "observe" them and learn what they are trying to tell you.
May 24th, 2016 8:54am
Talk to someone you trust and tell them everything, telling someone really helps. Also they could refer you to a doctor.
July 11th, 2016 10:31pm
Start by going to bed on a decent time and try to have a 6-8 hours of sleep every night, getting the right amount of sleep that our body needs is one way of reducing stress and anxiety that cause nightmares.
May 30th, 2017 11:36pm
First advice change your bedtime routine; brush your teeth, do stretches, brush your hair, turn down your bed (comfy for sleeping; tighten the sheet, plump pillows etc..) If you take medication try taking it sooner before bed time. same for anything you ingest; food, drink, etc... If you have a curtain diet you eat (amount of carbs, type of meats, etc), if you have the same base meal everyday changing it can help (when I started eating less carbs in my meal ratio I slept a lot better). If you follow Freud, remember your dreams and looking for patterns and themes can help you psychoanalysis yourself and you can identify your anxiety causing the nightmares (try looking up dream work (no S) to get the basic principle if you aren't familiar) Turn off screens; reading or going through thoughts can be better alternatives. Thinking about certain things; sleep (literally when you've stopped everything to finally go to sleep) 10-15 minutes earlier and think about a subject- one that makes me generally happier as a person and get better sleep is thinking about people and 1 good thing about all of them (go through class or friends), try not to think of the next day it could make you stressed, just things you enjoy or something you learnt or are grateful for.
October 31st, 2017 12:03pm
Try to set a calm, positiveand relaxed environment before going to bed. Try to avoid television and blue lights an hour before bed. Put fresh sheets on. Setting a nice environment helps to settle your mind before sleep. You could also try some quiet meditations to clear your thoughts and wind down, ready for deep restful sleep. Calming teas such as peppermint or chamomile are sensory relaxants. These steps will help you prepare for peaceful slumber. If still you have trouble with a nightmare, I find writing it down, and trying to interpret what the dream is telling you, can be therapeutic. Once you have an understanding of what it may symbolize, the frightening nature of some nightmares loose potantcy. I often find once I recognize and address the symbolistic meaning of a dream that the recurrence resolves itself. I think are dreams are here to guide us on the right path. The scarier the more our subconscious wants us to pay attention. There is a reason for this suffering. We just have to listen and understand ourselves. Take care of ourselves and each other.
November 14th, 2017 12:24am
Can you talk to someone about it and explore what it may mean? Unless disruptive, this could be a way our psyche deals with an unresolved issue that got pushed deep down because of the pain and overwhelm it would bring, if faced. Such could sometimes get solved in a dream and than it stops, otherwise maybe it's time to muster the courage and face it.
June 22nd, 2020 9:36am
Create a dream journal. Write out what happens in the dream. The locations. The disasters. Maybe record the story if it’s very long. Draw diagrams. Keep a book full of the nightmares you have. It will give you clarity and help you address your fears. I used to have nightmares about flying. I’ve never been afraid of flying so I was confused but when I wrote it all down over the course of a few nights I realized I have a fear of packing incorrectly and forgetting things. I don’t trust myself. So to address this I use more checklists in my day to day life. Helped me get clarity.