Nightmares are dreams in which the person experiences extreme feelings of fear, anxiety, distress, or terror. While nightmares are not uncommon, they can be classified as Nightmare Disorder if they regularly interrupt a person’s sleep and have an effect on their development. While nightmares are a normal thing, and tend to occur more in girls than boys, nightmare disorder is an issue and tends to stem from anxiety in daily life. There are some medications that can be taken in extreme cases that will reduce REM during sleep, but there are some steps you can take before it gets to that point. You should, first of all, try to address any stress or anxiety in your life and find a way to deal with it, because it may be the root of your nightmares. If this does not work, then bloodwork and other tests can be done, and you may even benefit from seeing a sleep specialist. Before all that though, you should try to take some steps, such as setting a bedtime schedule, avoiding caffeine, sleeping during nighttime hours and waking during daylight, exercising, relaxing before bed, don’t lie awake in bed at night, and making sure to control the temperature of your bedroom.
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- 1Nightmare Disorder has many symptoms including waking repeatedly with memory of terrifying dreams.
- 2There are several causes of a Nightmare Disorder including stress and sleep disorders.
- 3There are many ways to treat a Nightmare Disorder like relaxing before bed, exercising, and setting oneself a schedule.
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