SpookT

326d

How do yall fall asleep after having a nightmare that felt very real?

Anxiety (Including GAD)

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  • Dsparda

    326d

    I have nightmares like that near daily. Usually, I write down somewhere (usually on my phone) what happened in my dream and cry out every emotion from my system till I pass out. I don’t know if that’s healthy to do, however. I’d recommend trying to distract yourself with content/activities that make you feel happy till you’re ready to sleep.

  • Oliloos

    326d

    As bad as it seems, I turn on the light, go get a cup of water, and think on it for a good 15-30 min to calm down. When the mind is "settled", I get back in bed but lay under the covers for some form of safety

  • Dsparda

    326d

    ^^^ @oliloos that is super super helpful too !!

  • Annie24

    326d

    Talk about it and remind myself it wasn’t real

  • Pfeiffer

    326d

    I will sleep with the lights on, not sure why but it makes me feel safe. And sometimes maybe watch a short funny tv episode like Friends or something so you have happier thoughts before falling asleep again.

  • Ribbit

    326d

    Meds and a call to one of my bestfriends if they are awake. Specific playlists. A hot shower.

  • KittyTopHat

    326d

    Depends on the person, for example, I had the same nightmare 2 days in a row, waking up in the middle of the night sweating, while being stabbed in my dreams, my heart racing, looking around my room in the dark, and telling my safe it's just a dream. I'm mostly a logical person so usually when I wake up from a nightmare I say "It was a dream, and it wasn't real" then after 10-15 minutes I can go back to sleep without having the dream again.

  • Jen5150

    326d

    Honestly? I say the “Our Father” prayer over and over. Works like a charm for me, it may help you! 🙏🏻🥰

  • noi_or_Amelia

    326d

    Ya I don’t sleep well when that happens and usually end up staying up all night after that

  • Annie24

    326d

    Oh and the “Protection Mantra” on YouTube is on point!

  • MoonRabbit

    326d

    I go on a walk to ground myself in reality.

  • socks

    326d

    i usually journal about it and feel all the feelings and then do something to relax and distract myself until i get sleepy again and then try to sleep again. sometimes it doesn’t work but that’s what i usually do to try and help myself

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