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Why do I have the same bad dream each night?

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Last Updated: 04/17/2018 at 7:06pm
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March 3rd, 2015 2:50am
Maybe you're worried about an incident or action that you can't take back. Maybe you're worried about something that may happen in the future that you have no control over. Maybe you live your life the same each day and are exposed to the same things that give you this thought.
March 10th, 2015 11:22pm
You need to mediate or relax take a few deep breaths and pray before you fall asleep. Say with the power of god i will be ok
April 20th, 2015 2:26pm
Most people dream for up to 5 hours a night. This can be evidenced by R E M (Rapid eye movement). If you look at someone sleeping and their eyeballs appear to be moving then they're dreaming. Dreaming is your brain's way of clearing out un-necessary thoughts and memories and it consigns them to the part off your brain that doesn't use memory. That's why you can't remember most of them. The only ones you do are those just before waking whilst they are still in your memory. If you are experiencing such dreams try to think of pleasant things before you drift off to sleep. Concentrate on them to the exclusion of all other thoughts. Think of grassy fields under a warm sun with scented flowers by a large lake. peace. Set an alarm clock to wake you up five minutes before your normal rising time. You can always lie in for five minutes then in your warm comfortable bed. Avoid foods with dairy products in them at night, milk, cheese (especially) and butter. Do not drink caffeine based drinks such as tea, coffee or coca cola. Try fruit juice or water or a water based cordial. Try a little light exercise before going to bed that leaves you slightly tired. Put a little lavender inside your pillow. If you have a partner a little gentle sex doesn't do any harm as it relaxes you afterwards. Do all these and you should have a good night's sleep
May 12th, 2015 11:25pm
It would be your mind telling you or reflect a certain aspect of your life fear usually is change itself
June 16th, 2015 8:46pm
Having recurrent bad dreams can be a sign that we are carrying a stressful problem that we need to deal with. Dealing with problems can be tough, but with the right kind of help- it can be done! And although it may seem like a moutain to climb in the begining, things get easier on the journey we walk towards healing our wounds. Be kind to yourself :)
June 18th, 2015 3:23am
Recurring dreams are often reflections of what occupies your mind commonly. I used to be scared of hospitals, and even though I didn't think too often about them during the day, I'd have repeating nightmares at night. It's usually something subconscious you're bothered by.
July 6th, 2015 5:07pm
We all have unique lessons to learn in our life and sometimes these lessons are lifelong. Recurring dreams tend to build upon a particular theme and typically change subtly as we grow into a different understanding of ourselves as well as the obstacles we face. Careful scrutiny of the dream content tends to reveal tiny changes to the narrative we would at times like to believe is “exactly the same.” Recurring dreams can be a useful barometer for our own growth and development. Pay attention to the nuances of your recurring dreams as these small changes can offer the greatest lessons.
July 6th, 2015 11:30pm
It's possible that you could feel stress or anxiety about something in your life. dreams often reflect and exaggerate a feeling you experience in your day to day.
November 3rd, 2015 2:24am
This may be due to a large amount of stress in your life. I will sometimes go two or three days with the same dream (which is usually terrifying and during which I know I am asleep). Think of ways to reduce your stresses.
March 14th, 2016 10:49am
Maybe its a sign or something you are guilty for.. there are many reasons but the main is a guilty conscious.
June 6th, 2016 9:54pm
It could be due to either physical or emotional problems. Once our body is weak or so many things are running in our head it is more likely we get this situation.
November 29th, 2016 7:48pm
Some time when we have bad experience in past or s in consciously we are scared of something we have bad dreams. Sometime bad dream symbolizes hidden distresses
April 17th, 2018 7:06pm
There may be psychological reasons for this. Usually it means there may be a repressed memory that your brain is trying to resolve. Sometimes counselling or hypnotherapy can help overcome this or discussing this dream with someone else.