Getting rid of nightmares

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’ve been plagued with nightmares my whole life. I’ve heard sleeping in a cold room makes you more prone to them, but I think that’s just silly. I’ve learned to deal with the sleeplessness…. I wish you better luck than I’ve had.

Post # 5
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Are you stressed out?

Try doing something relaxing before bed… for some it’s exercise (it keeps others up), or a bath.. or warm milk.

Just try to get the stress levels down.

I dream a lot and have nightmares too… the more stressed I am, the worse they are usually.

Post # 6
3833 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

This sounds crazy, but I have gone through this a few times and the only thing that every worked was sleeping my sleep position.

When I slept alone, I would switch my head and feet – i.e, sleep with my head toward the foot end and my feet toward the head of the bed (switch sheets & pillows and all). Now that I sleep with DH, I switch sides with him.

It always works and after awhile without nightmares, I can go back to my regular spot with no problems.

Post # 7
4134 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Are you taking any medications at all? I had horrible nightmares on wellbutrin. Some medications increase REM sleep. 

Try keeping a log of the nightmares. Write down as much as you can remember in the morning. If you wake from one frightened, reassure yourself and ground yourself in realty. If they are related to a traumatic experience, are causing you to be fearful of going to sleep, are so problematic they are effecting your quality of life or you are acting out dreams/thrashing etc it’s time to talk to a doctor. There are programs for nightmares here.. I don’t know about everywhere but if it’s bad enough I have seen people be Rx’d REM supressing medications. 


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