How well a person sleeps affects their overall health and having sleep interrupted with something as bothering as nightmares can have terrible side effects. The terror experienced from disturbing images and emotions in nightmares raises your heart rate and compel you to wake up. This leads to anxiety, stress, physical exhaustion and even long-term health problems if not tackled. Here are some tips to put an end to nightmares and enjoy a sound sleep.
1. Look for causes of experiencing frequent nightmares
Nightmares can happen spontaneously or be a symptom of a serious problem like a different sleeping disorder or a psychological condition. Whether you suffer from sleep apnea, post-traumatic stress disorder, lost someone close, or facing a serious change like having a surgery or changing your career, you can ask a doctor to provide proper treatment to get over this problem and thus stop having nightmares.
2. Improve the quality of your sleep
Sleep deprivation is not only caused by nightmares, but it also causes nightmares in the first place. Improve the quality of your sleep by making your bedroom comfortable in terms of darkness, noise, and temperature. Reduce your consumption of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine so they don’t interfere with your sleep.
3. Don’t eat right before sleep
Food, especially sugary food, activates your metabolism and makes your brain more active. Therefore, eating right before bed is like asking for nightmares.
4. Talk about your nightmares
Narrate your nightmares to someone you trust and tell them what makes you afraid about them. Getting those emotions off your chest can improve your dreams. When there is no one to talk to, write in a dream journal.
5. Watch something cheerful or hilarious before bed
Avoid scary movies, pictures or stories completely before sleeping. Instead watch something cheerful or hilarious to improve your mood.