8 Ways to Get Rid of Nightmares

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Most people who know me know I can function very tired. I have always had nightmares starting at a really young age. I have say that I am used to be tired so becoming a mom was not that big a change in that department.  Nightmares are brought on by a lot of things in my case it is brought on by stress and anxiety.  A few years ago I went from having nightmares all year to just the first few months of the year, but this year that has not been the case.  I usually stop having nightmares in early spring but I am was having them, and they were bringing me down. 

Sleep, mental health, stress, anxiety, nightmares, meditation, coloring, tips


The Dangers of Nightmares.

Nightmares can bring on a mental distress, that can create a negative cycle. I cannot sleep because of stress and anxiety and not sleeping is making me stressed and anxious.

Nightmares can also impair cognitive function. It is harder to function when one has not slept. The ability to remember and recall information, stay focused, and deal with stressors is impaired when one does not sleep. I have been more short tempered the last few days and it is getting old.

As you can imagine with all these effects I want to start sleeping well. The last few days I am happy to say I have not had a nightmare I have taken some steps to get things under control.

How to Reduce Nightmares.

Write, writing is a great way to get your worries on to paper and off the mind. Nightmares can arise if you go to bed with worry on the mind.

Color, paint, make a sculpture whatever, just get your mind onto something relaxing. I have been painting the last few nights and it has done wonders.

Yoga, not just any yoga you want to do a routine that will settle your mind and body. If the fit is right, you will see an effect I love bedtime yoga. (my favorite video).

Meditation, Meditation works much like coloring it gives your mind the chance to slow down and relax. We spend all day with racing thoughts and this is a great way to slow things down.  If you have nightmares due to anxiety be careful with the meditation. As I have found it can make things worse. I have had some of my worst nightmares after meditating.

Have a conversation, this works like writing in my view. If you can find a listening ear who is understanding and not going to try and fix everything it can be therapeutic to talk your problems out.

Disconnect, get off of all electronic. This one is hard (even foe me), but it does help. I have found if you cannot get away from electronics eliminate certain uses. What I mean by this is if you like to write on a laptop or a tablet do it with a dim light and do nothing else. I love writing on my laptop so I dim the screen and I listen to music.

Routine, try and do the same things in the same order every night. I cannot say if this works because I have a child (you know how that goes) but I do try and go to bed every night at the same time.

Think Positive thoughts, what you think about you dream about. Try and think positive things when you get ready for sleep. Do not run over what went wrong that day, what you have to do the next day, what went wrong in your life. Just think about how grateful, happy, and loved you are. This takes practice (I do better on some days).
Sleep, mental health, stress, anxiety, nightmares, meditation, coloring, tips
I have come to grips that I will most likely always have nightmares and with so many things going on in my life I am not surprised. I have my fingers crossed that as I am starting to get used to life without school and looking for work I will settle into a new normal. This tips have so far been doing wonders on sleep without nightmares. Now if anyone can give me tips on how to stay asleep.

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