Why do I constantly wake up with nightmares?
Last Updated: 08/20/2019 at 5:14pm
Terrence Sawyer, MS Counseling Psychology
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This is a tough question to answer, as in my experience nightmares are very individual in nature. Perhaps you have a memory or traumatic experience that you're subconscious is trying to deal with, or perhaps you experience anxiety during the day and then process it while you are sleeping and present with nightmares as the symptom of that anxiety. These are just a couple of possibilities, and they are solely from my current understanding and personal experience.
Maybe you are repressing feelings about a situation that is going on in your life. Analyse what is it this might be and try to accept it and if needed look for help.
I think nightmares can happen for a lot of reasons - sometimes it's your brain trying to process stress or trauma or your subconscious trying to make sense of negative emotions, something you ate that disagreed with you or something physical that is happening to you while you sleep being manifested as a dream (like background noise or physical discomfort). I suffer a lot from nightmare disrupted sleep - but I find that most of the suggestions for sleeping well (meditation, imagery, aromatherapy, background music, avoiding tech devices before bed, herbal or warm drinks, avoiding caffeine, regular physical exercise and making sure when I settle down I am in a cool, dark and calm space) really work.
Nightmares are generally just fragments of events that your brain has stored. They don't mean anything, and it's mostly a way for the mind to store away certain memories and re-arrange some too. Since they are re-occurring it's probably just that your brain is flushing out memories in those regions, what may have stored those "nightmares" triggers. Just see it as like, you're throwing away old boxes filled with memories, and you first go through each box looking through all the items you have, and the nightmares are items you don't like and your brains is just sorting through that box right now. Hope it helps, ~ Machi
Nightmares are a sign of stress. Sometimes, they can also be caused by a physical problem as well. So it's important to talk to your Dr. if you are having many nightmares.
Stress and diet are two large factors in how well our sleep can go. Nightmares can be caused by having unsolved problems in our life. Trying relaxation techniques before we go to sleep can often help us to have a great sleep. If you are experiancing poor sleep and feel that it is affecting your day to day life, It might be worth consulting your local GP and they can refer you to a counseling center near you. Diet is the secound part of how we sleep, eating sugery junk food before we sleep can cause us to have active dreams, That mixed with day to day stress can cause us to have bad dreams. Try to maintain a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
Good question. There are many possibilities. Are you watching TV before bed or on your phone or some other device? Are you worrying about things? Do you have fears that surface at night? Have you started any medication? Do you have sleep issues such as sleep apnea? There are many reasons that this can happen, some medical and some due to habits. The best thing to do would be to talk to your doctor to find the cause. Good luck!
Usually nightmares signify worries from our daily lives that are on our mind and then develop into bad dreams. If you are having frequent nightmares, it is likely that you are worrying about something happening in your life or something that's about to happen, whatever that may be. It might be useful to analyse your nightmares, how ever much you can remember of them, and consider what the main themes of them are. For example, are you running away from something like a natural disaster or a person? It might show that you are feeling afraid of something out of your control that you cannot stop from happening. From that, it might be possible for you to think over what it is in your life that you're stressed about and try to think practically such as, in the case of something you are running away from, you could try to think of why you are running away from this matter and make the realisation that, if this matter is out of your control like moving to a new job somewhere new or exams, you cannot stop it anyway. It is a part of your life and so there is no reason to fear it. You can only prepare yourself in the best way you can to make yourself feel better about the situation, By having this realisation, it is very possible that this fear will stop being a cause for your nightmares once you have confronted what it is and made peace with it in your mind.
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