Do any of you know of any good ways to help reduce nightmares and stress that might be causing them?

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asked Sep 15, 2010 by snack pack88 (2,011 points)
I was just wondering if there are any tricks to help avoid them and I have always had an abundance of them but they've been extra bad and alot more of them recently I believe it may be due to stress but are there any ways that you know of to help relieve stress and nightmares because I haven't been getting much sleep recently and I am quite tired.

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answered Sep 15, 2010 by IamTechCrazy (4,621 points)
I'm no expert when it comes to dreams but here's my opinion.  If this is becoming a big problem and affecting your life it needs to be confronted. First I would try calming yourself and getting into a nice relaxed mood before bed. Try drinking some bedtime tea and reading or listening to calm music. Yogi makes a good tea called bedtime tea or sleepy time tea. If that doesn't help I would research "Lucid Dreaming" and this would teach you to recognize when you are dreaming and take control over your dream. Sounds funny but it would allow you to be awake in your dream and either change it or overcome the fear of the dream, plus it can be fun :) that's what I would do.
commented Sep 15, 2010 by snack pack88 (2,011 points)
I would say that 80 percent of my dreams besides my nightmares are lucid dreams and they kick ass lol but when I just have horrible dreams its like I almost know its a dream but I am not thinking consciously enough about it to truly realize it to change it and before bed I always listen to soothing music it helps a little I think I may try the tea thing hopefully it will help.
commented Sep 15, 2010 by IamTechCrazy (4,621 points)
You should get in the routine of doing reality checks. One idea was to create a trigger to do a reality check. If you wear a digital watch you could set an alarm to go off every couple hours and when you hear it you look at the time, ask yourself are you dreaming then look back at the time. If the numbers are normal you're not dreaming and if they are weird looking then you are. You could create other triggers as well, whatever works for you.
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answered Sep 15, 2010 by chadt4 (12,475 points)
Whenever I'm stressed I try and do things that will take my mind off of it. Work out, go for a run, drive around town, play some video games, anything that will make you forget about your stress.

I also agree with the above comment on getting into a relaxed state before bed, as strange as it sounds, warm milk also works for me. Just put milk in the microwave for 10 seconds and drink it. Either that or tea, just make sure to check that the tea isn't caffeinated.
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answered Sep 15, 2010 by airwolf (7,980 points)
I haven't gotten one nightmares since 15 years ago and I believe they are scared of me.. Whenever you have a nightmare, don't try to wake up.. Try modifying your dream with something different to confront those nightmares.. and who knows, you may defeat your nightmares..
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answered Sep 15, 2010 by Gorkon5567 (2,491 points)
I read a study once that said gamers are much more likely to have lucid dreams. I find that true in my own life, since I'm always in control of my dreams. Perhaps gaming will help you too.
commented Sep 15, 2010 by snack pack88 (2,011 points)
HAHA I am a large gamer and I do typically tend to have lucid dreams but I lose the ability when I have nightmares for some reason.
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answered Sep 15, 2010 by FizzNakLe (2,506 points)
I'm a lucid dreamer myself. I've become that way from keeping a dream journal. Whenever you wake up write down what happened in your dream. Eventually you'll be aware in your dreams and you will be able to change the direction of the dream.

Generally your mood when you're awake is reflected in your dreams. Negative people have negative dreams, positive people have positive dreams. Trying being happier during the day :)
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answered Sep 16, 2010 by Uelogy (2,431 points)
Yeah, if you want the nightmares to leave you will need to focus on what's troubling you.

Sometimes you dont even know what's bugging you - but nightmares are a message from you sub conscious.

Don't ignore it or try to "get rid of them" - as it won't work... If your having reoccurring bad dreams you need to try and identify what your not happy with and if possible do something about the "issue" not the "dreams".
commented Sep 16, 2010 by snack pack88 (2,011 points)
Well I wont fight you there I know its most likely due to stress and there's nothing I can really do about it and its a culmination of things but I have been trying to relax a bit
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