TBD Tips – How To Avoid Nightmares Successfully
A bad dream, once in a while is okay but most people take recurring nightmares very lightly. Personally, I have this repeated vision of falling from an elevated place. After researching about it, I found out that surprisingly, I'm not the only one to experience this!
Coming back to why we're here today, there are a number of factors that determine the kind of dream we see. If you're someone who's gone sleep-less due to the fear of repeated nightmares, you're at the correct place because we will tell you about how to avoid nightmares.
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- Firstly, we need to understand that nightmares are not at all healthy. Disturbed sleep patterns and long-term health issues are only some of the problems of repeated bad dreams. And if they are exceptionally terrifying or disturbing images, it can be quite tough to shake them off.
- There is a difference between nightmares and night terrors. Nightmares occur during the wee hours of the morning and are generally very clear and real. Night terrors, on the other hand, are most common during the first few hours of sleep and will be a vivid sensation of fear, unaccompanied by any visuals. Nightmares are dreams that you can recall after you wake up; night terrors cannot be remembered clearly.
- Track the source of your nightmares. Nightmares usually occur due to a specific problem, like the way how pregnant women or new mothers dream about getting separated from their child. While such cases cannot be dealt with as they are a result of hormonal changes, you can shut out other disturbing thoughts to avoid such nightmares.
- If such dreams stem from the fact that you are suffering from the signs of clinical depression, stress or anxiety-related disorders, share your nightmares with your doctor.
- This one is a no-brainer! Do not watch a horror movie or share spooky stories before calling it a night. The results are very obvious.
- Abstain from munching on midnight snacks. Eating right before bed can speed up the activeness of your brain, hence the nightmares. On the other hand, even going to bed hungry can make matters worse. Also, avoid alcohol, drugs or caffeine in the immediate hours before bedtime.
- Improve on your sleep conditions by making your room more comfortable. Ensure that it's neat, dark and promotes a pleasant atmosphere. You could also have your favourite things, like a photo or a book beside you while you doze off.
- Happy thoughts promote happy dreams! Use the imagery technique to create a happy imagery right before you go to sleep. If your nightmares have a particular track, try imagining an alternate and happy ending to your dream; who knows, it could actually affect your nightmare in a positive way. For example, if like me, you too visualize yourself falling, imagine how a parachute would open up and save you :)
- Keep a track of your dreams by either sharing it with a trusted person or writing it down in a diary instantly. If you can remember it blurrily, jot down abstract words because it helps.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is of utmost importance if you're trying to control repeated nightmares.