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bad nightmares and scared to sleep - November 8th 2012, 01:03 AM

Lately I have been having really bad nightmares, I had a really bad one last night and I've been scared of falling asleep.
The nightmares are all pretty similar, the first one I had when it started a month or so ago I was dreaming that I was awake and just lying in my bed trying to fall asleep, and I thought I heard foot steps but dismissed them. Then suddenly it felt like something was crushing my back (I was sleeping on my chest) or trying to smother me, and I couldn't move or breath or scream. It really terrified me and I was so scared to sleep I stayed up really late for days.
I've had others where I felt something was holding down my head and crushing my ribs or the sheets were strangling me but I always feel like I'm awake when it's happening and I'm trying to scream for help but I can't.
Is this like abnormal for nightmares to be like that? Does it mean anything? How can I get over my fear?
   
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Re: bad nightmares and scared to sleep - November 14th 2012, 02:55 AM

Nightmares can be caused by any number of things. What is your nighttime routine? When do you eat, what do you eat, what do you do (what TV shows/computer games/other activities), when do you go to sleep after eating/doing those activities (ex. 1 hour later), and finally, what do you think about right before you fall asleep?






   
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Re: bad nightmares and scared to sleep - November 14th 2012, 04:04 AM

I've been in a similar position. Before you go to sleep, read a happy book or watch a happy movie, something that you really enjoy. I would read Harry Potter, because that's my favourite series. Then, while I was waiting to fall asleep, I'd think about that. Like, I'd wonder how Harry and Ginny's wedding was like, or how Neville was as a teacher, and I'd focus really hard on those happy things until I got to sleep.
Reoccurring dreams can also be a sign that something's off, like your subconscious is trying to tell you something about your personal life or your health. So that might be something to look into.



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