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Help! I Want To Get Rid Of My Nightmares.

By Trevor Johnson

Okay I know what you’re thinking, I want to get rid of my nightmares. But make no mistake because you can. Everyone deserves a good night’s rest but often times our nights aren’t so good especially when it’s filled with horrible nightmares. Nightmares can stem from anxiety, depression and stress. A hard day of work can lead to a hard time catching up on your Z’s. Taking the proper steps by identifying what causes your stress, switching up your sleeping habits, seeking therapy or resorting to medication are all ways to get rid of nightmares.

If there are things in your life that is causing depression and stress than more than likely you will experience nightmares. A nightmare once in a while is normal but when it becomes a reoccurring event on daily basis then there is a reason to raise alarm. When sleeping at night the brain continues to work and although you are asleep, you are still thinking! This is the reason why nightmares occur. Nightmares can bring upon many different emotions, guilt, anger and sadness. Sometimes traumatic events that have taken place in the past find a way to renter our lives through our dreams resulting in a nightmare. Being able to identify what it is that is upsetting you is a must and dealing with that issue will help put an end to your sleepless nights. Not only can situations in an individual’s life feed nightmares but some medications could have side effects that lead to this problem as well.

Cut back on the caffeine. If caffeine is a daily ritual you may want to consider finding a substitute. This power enhancement is sure to increase the chances of nightmares. The closing of the day brings upon anxiety once caffeine has left the system. When body crashes, and is prepared to rest at night it you are prone to having a bad dream because the brain still working trying to catch up with the body. Do not eat heavy meals before sleeping. Eating a heavy meal promotes the brain to work overtime. While you are asleep the brain is concentrating on breaking down food that has entered your digestive system. The posture you are asleep in will also have an effect on what happens once you close your eyes. Believe it r not the position you sleep in can affect whether or not you will get rest.

Therapy is an excellent way to get over this problem. Speaking to a professional can help rid nightmares. A special type of therapy practiced at the University of Mexico is called, Imagery Rehearsal Therapy. This happens when the client is awake and faced with the issue that occurs in their dreams. Being awake give them the opportunity to handle the problem with a clear and conscious mind. This allows the nightmare to be less intimidating and easier for the matter to be addressed.

Topiramate, nefazodone, and gabapentin are all medications that require seeking the advice of medical doctor. There are limited medicines for curing nightmares however, the medicines mentioned have been used and been helpful to those suffering from PTSD (POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER) Medications can be a last resort if therapy or options at home haven’t been useful in curing bad dreams.

You can get rid of my nightmares! There is never an easy way to confront sensitive issues that may currently be burdening you or that have traumatized you but there is help available. Nightmares can be put to an end and there are many different ways to deal with the situation whether you chose to do it alone or with the help of a family member, friend or healthcare professional, a good night’s rest is only a blink away because everyone deserves sweet dreams.

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Johnson, Trevor "Help! I Want To Get Rid Of My Nightmares.." Help! I Want To Get Rid Of My Nightmares.. 24 Jan. 2010. 17 Jul 2014 <>.

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