What are Nightmares and How to Manage?

If you’ve ever had a nightmare, you’re in good company. Almost everyone gets them once in a while — adults, as well as kids. A nightmare is a bad dream. It may make you feel scared, anxious, or upset, but nightmares are not real and can’t harm you. Nightmares can produce the following effects: Feelings of loneliness, distress, weakness, fear, anxiety, anger, guilt and shame. Physical reaction, such as breathing difficulties, chest tightness, sweating and shaking. Sleeping difficulties – problems going to bed and to sleep, fear of sleeping alone or sleeping with someone. Things you can do to manage nightmares at the time Reassure yourself that you are safe and that the upsetting experience that you are remembering is not real. Breathe slowly and deeply. Locate yourself in the present; check your present reality by looking around, touching things, stamping your feet, looking in the mirror or talking to yourself. Make sure you are alright – turn on the lights, walk around the home, check the doors and locks. Drink glass of water. Wash your face or have a warm bath or shower. Focus on something else: read a book or magazine, watch TV, and listen to the radio or relaxing music. Discuss with your spouse, friend or relative who is...

How to Avoid Getting Nightmares

If you want to stop dreaming too much, the solution to your problem is not what you may desire. In order to stop seeing too many bad dreams in which you are in dangerous situations, you feel awful, and you awake up sad, you have to correct your mistakes. Follow these tips to sweet dreams. 1. Each night, about a half hour before you close your eyes to sleep. Map out what you want to dream about. Tell yourself over and over that you are in control of your dreams and anything you want, you can have. 2. Avoid fatty and spicy foods, which could cause gas and, in turn, nightmares. 3. Give up smoking. Nicotine has been linked to certain sleep disorders. 4. Avoid watching the evening news, horror movies or movies with graphic violence right before...

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