(Closed) What do you do when you have a bad dream?

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Post # 3
6076 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

I pray.  

Post # 4
6113 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

As cheesy as it sounds, I make my husband put his arm around me. Or at least touch my somehow. It lets my body/brain know that I’m not alone and for some reason that helps. Before I lived with my husband, I would snuggle with a stuffed animal if I had a bad dream. Man, I sound like a little kid haha

Post # 5
1564 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I like to write it down on my iPad or a notebook. Especially if it was extra weird or scary. It seems to get it out of my brain. That or else I snuggle with Darling Husband and “accidentally” wake him up so he can hug me 🙂

Post # 6
8694 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i try to go back to sleep, if not, i play on my phone, go to the bathroom, if it is close to time for me to get up, then i get up for work.

Post # 7
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

wake up dh, tell him about my dream, fall back asleep then over analyze it in the morning. I have loads of bad dreams, usually height related but nothing can stop me from sleeping… Nothing. 

Post # 8
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@HonoraryNerd:  Tell someone about it (usually my DH).  I occasionally experience dejavu so I make sure to tell someone my bad dreams because they don’t come true when I tell someone.

Post # 9
1784 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@HonoraryNerd:  Depends on the severity of the dream. Wedding nightmare? Mild nightmare? I just think ‘that sucked’ and go back to bed. AWFUL nightmare where I wake up sobbing? I wake FH up to snuggle and talk about it.

Post # 10
7445 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I had a bad dream the other night, and I almost woke up Darling Husband because I felt like I needed a hug, but I hugged my baby who sleeps next to me instead. When I told him I almost woke him up for a hug but wanted him to sleep, he was like “Awwww, you should have woken me up!”.

Post # 11
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I go to the bathroom lol. It helps me to get out of bed for a few minutes to get out of that panicky feeling.

If it’s a really bad nightmare I will cuddle up to my husband and sometimes wake him up.

I dream a LOT and remember most of my dreams so I am used to having not so nice ones.

Post # 12
205 posts
Helper bee


I will do anything that can connect me with the outside world as after a nightmare, the dark always seems a bit darker and things feel unsettled. 

If SO is around I will turn over and hug him until I feel better, but usually I am alone. When I lived in my old place I had a great view and could see a lot of London with lights and traffic and stuff going on, so would look out of the window. Now I go online and look up Facebook or a forum to see people posting in real time. It makes me feel less alone. 

I hope some of the suggestions in this thread work for you!

Post # 13
2224 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I usually wake Fiance up to tell him about it, and then just fall back asleep. I’m not usually too phased by them, I mostly just don’t want to forget them the next morning, which is why I wake him up.

Post # 14
584 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@HonoraryNerd:  If it’s in the middle of the night and I can’t fall asleep again I turn one of my favorite shows on for some distracting noise and then snuggle up close to my Fiance. Forcing myself back to sleep doesn’t help me forget about the dream, usually it makes me continue to have a bad dream so I just let myself fall asleep whenever!

Post # 15
4159 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Thankfully, I don’t have too many bad dreams, but if I do, I usually just flip sides and I can fall back asleep right away.  I hate to wake my Darling Husband because he’s such a light sleeper anyway and it’s hard for him to fall asleep.  I, however, can sleep through anything, and fall asleep at the drop of a hat.

Post # 16
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i watch tv or pray the rosary or snuggle up next to my husband and/or wake him up so he can hold me.

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