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Tips On How To Stop Nightmares In Adults

February 3, 2014 on 2:06 pm | In Nightmares | No Comments

Nightmares run the range of strange to unsettling to downright terrifying, often staying with us long after we have woken up. While it might be easy to write off a nightmare as something unimportant, nightmares (as well as dreams) are often windows into the subconscious mind.

When nightmares become too much to handle, however, some proactive approaches are required to stop nightmares in adults. Occasional nightmares are a natural function of the brain, but if you feel like nightmares are taking over then these tips will help.

Nightmares cause physiological changes in the body that easily disturb a normal sleeping pattern. Many people wake up from nightmares in the middle of the night and have difficulty going back to sleep. This is sometimes accompanied by an increased heart rate, sweating, a feeling of anxiety, headache, and nausea. Oftentimes the imagery of nightmares begins slipping away as soon as someone wakes up, leading to sleepless nights trying to piece together what caused the reaction in the first place.

Nightmares often cause one to feel tired, groggy, irritable, and generally uncomfortable throughout the day. Waking up from a nightmare often causes mild confusion and disorientation that distracts from important tasks throughout the day. This is one of the primary reasons that it is important to stop nightmares in adults; something damaging occurring in sleep can affect work, family, and personal well-being in a long lasting way.

Nightmares are often caused by unresolved issues, so one of the first steps to stopping nightmares is to address those issues carefully. This includes a wide range of behaviors such as addressing relationship issues, talking to someone else, creating lists of short and long term goals, seeing a therapist, and making general lifestyle changes. Some people find it helpful to keep a dream journal to identify patterns in nightmares.

For example sometimes the content of nightmares is very clear; someone afraid of losing their home might have a nightmare about getting the foreclosure notice. In these cases it’s easier to pinpoint the fear involved in the nightmare and strategically approach it.

That person might not be able to suddenly produce money to secure their home, but they can plan and take steps to feel more secure. More ambiguous nightmares may contain a wide range of images and sensations that are not specific or are difficult to remember. In these cases seeing a therapist or working on reducing stress levels can help decrease the nightmares.

Reducing stress is one of the easiest ways for adults to stop nightmares. Meditation, yoga, exercise, massage, mindfulness techniques, and general time spent on the self are all healthy ways to remove stress.

When the body and mind are less stressed the chances of nightmares decrease. Changes in diet or the usage of a sleeping supplement may also aid in getting rid of nightmares in adults. As always a comfortable bedroom area focused solely on sleep helps adults leave worries and issues behind and focus on restful and satisfying sleep without nightmares.

Original Author: Trevor Johnson Full Bio

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