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Nightmares & insomnia D: - July 19th 2012, 08:18 PM

Alright guys, I have no idea if I'm overreacting, or...? Every night for the past...2 weeks? I've had nightmares. Not about any specific thing, but I always wake terrified, and sometimes that feeling last for around 2 hours before I can shake it.

It's a bit annoying, actually, because I've suffered from bouts of insomnia all my life. It generally gets worse when I'm under a lot of strain, which I am now. So not only do I have nightmares, I can't get to sleep in the first place!

I'm sorry if I don't make any sense. I'm...sleep deprived Any ideas?

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Re: Nightmares & insomnia D: - July 19th 2012, 09:18 PM

I'm honestly not sure what advice I can give to help since I take sleep meds when I have problems sleeping whether it's insomnia or nightmares. If it's affecting your every day life though, like you're always tired & such, you might want to call your doctor. Usually sleep problems are from stress though, so maybe it will pass.
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Re: Nightmares & insomnia D: - July 20th 2012, 02:00 AM

Hey beautiful.

I'm prone to nightmares too (comes from having a tendency towards anxiety coupled with a very active imagination), so I'll see if I can help. As Barbara said, sleep problems are often caused by stress. What I've found is that it helps to have a good sleep routine. Try to 'switch off' for a while before you go to bed (ie. get off the computer, don't watch TV, and probably don't talk to any witches ). Try to get into meditation or at least work on some deep breathing exercises, which you can do before you go to bed; that can help get you into a peaceful enough state to sleep. You know how in Harry Potter he tries to learn Occlumency? The principle of that is actually sound - maybe you can try to clear your mind, to forget about your worries and stress so that you'll get a better night's sleep. Come let me know if you need a little magic to help. Those are just a few ideas, so maybe one will work for you.

Other than that, it might help to 'de-stress' your life in general. Some people think that dreams are a way of working through things you haven't resolved in your waking hours, so presumably if you work through your problems when you're awake, you'll be less likely to have dreams and nightmares. I would also second the idea of going to a doctor if the problem persists or if it starts to interfere with your life. It's always better to have a professional opinion. Oh, and as for what to do if you have a nightmare - just remember that that's all it is. It can't hurt you, and it's not real. You're perfectly safe, no matter how scared you feel.

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