Post # 1
recently (within the past 2 months) I’ve been having terrible nightmares almost every night. Sometimes its the same, sometimes it’s a completely different dream but they’re driving me crazy! I’m not taking any medicine before bed and I keep a pretty normal routine but they’re waking me up in night sweats and terrified! I’ve tried keeping the lights and/or nightlights on, tv on, all of it. Nothing helps.
Any ideas how to get rid of them!? Im loosing sleep and getting really upset. Darling Husband works nights and hopefully his shift changes soon (he’s been working nights for over a year now).
Post # 3
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 # 4
i used to get terrible ones as a kid and didn’t sleep for months! I hope these pass soon And I hope yours do too! what a nightmare! ( pun intended)
Post # 5
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
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 Darling Husband, 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
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.