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Momotea

683d

How do you guys deal with night terrors and nightmares? I have them almost every night and it makes me avoid sleeping which I know is bad

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    • BreezyBaby

      683d

      I keep guided meditations playing all night long. They help my mind conscious or otherwise stay focused on something positive. There are so many free guided meditations on YouTube. I listen to ones by Sleepy Cat Meditations and The Honest Guys channel as well.

    • Dorkasaurus

      682d

      If it's affecting your sleep a ton, it could be time to ask your doctor about a sleeping medication. Something as needed, perhaps. I just get myself as comfortable as possible and make my bed and room feel as safe as possible. So I might sleep with a lamp on but an eye mask on. I have a Warmies eye mask that has hot/cold therapy and aromatherapy. Oh! A weighted blanket helps a TON. Compression helps calm your nervous system and helps you feel safe and less exposed. You're less likely to toss and turn just from stress. Having white noise helps me as I'm waking up from a night terror because it lets me know immediately my environment is different from the dream. Drinking water helps in that same way. I really just give myself a lot of sympathy and patience, write down and talk out what I need to, and think of a positive memory associated with whatever was brought up in the dream. That usually ends up in me thinking of that positive memory/subject as I fall back asleep or finding something online related to it to occupy my time until I can get tired enough to try sleeping or decide to stay up.

      • Momotea

        681d

        @Dorkasaurus thank you! This is very helpful

    • CypressTrish

      682d

      Mine happens during the day more then night. I was on medication

    • jenmiastout1423

      682d

      I was put on prazosin for night terrors from ptsd and I've got to say it was probably the best thing I was ever put on, no night terrors when I take it and im not afraid to sleep anymore ❤️

    • Mixtape

      682d

      Check out the Loona app for guided sleep journeys with a little coloring game. It’s very soothing and it plays music for 30 minutes after you finish I believe (it usually puts me right to sleep). Also, have you tried CBD supplements for sleep? They are pricey but I just tried them for the first time and they definitely relaxed me. In combination with aromatherapy, a cuddly toy, the Loona app, and some hot tea, I think the CBD will put me right to sleep next time I try it.

      • Momotea

        682d

        @Mixtape I like cbd but I can’t afford it regularly. I’ll definitely check out the app!

    • SJP

      683d

      I taught myself to lucid dream where possible, to calm myself down before bed (warm milk or a shower are usually my best bets), and focusing solely on one positive thought. It doesn't get rid of them, but it does make them manageable.

    • Netta

      683d

      I'm struggling with this. No matter what I do nothing works. I always sweat even if it's cold.

    • loveshespoke

      683d

      I've found Journaling, music, podcasts, aromatherapy, and a really, really cuddly pillow or stuffed animal to hug in your sleep really helpful.

    • Prizm72

      683d

      I have been taking clonidine for years and that helps- also ^ meditation before you sleep is huge. Make sure you’re not grinding your teeth, or get a dentek mouthguard- they’re silly but, it’s worth saving your enamel 🤗

      • BreezyBaby

        683d

        @Prizm72 I take Seroquel XR and Clonidine together and they help most nights.

    • BreezyBaby

      683d

      I keep guided meditations playing all night long. They help my mind conscious or otherwise stay focused on something positive. There are so many free guided meditations on YouTube. I listen to ones by Sleepy Cat Meditations and The Honest Guys channel as well.

      • Momotea

        683d

        @BreezyBaby thank you! I use them to get to sleep but they only run for an hour. I never thought to do them through the night!

        • BreezyBaby

          683d

          @Momotea it has helped me so much. Doesn't work every single night but they most definitely have lowered the amount of nightmares and terrors I get. I made a playlist of the ones I like and play it on repeat. 🤗🥰

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