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  • 12/2/2007

Put Nightmares to Bed


Nightmares can be triggered by factors including stress, medications, fear, sleep disorders, or a recent loss.

Here are suggestions to help conquer bad dreams, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:


• Reduce stress by talking to friends and relatives about what's bothering you.

• Try relaxation techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.

• If you started having nightmares after starting a new medication, talk to your doctor to find out if it could be causing your sleep problems.

• If you're taking illegal drugs or drinking alcohol to excess, join a support group to help you stop using these substances.

• Get regular exercise.

• Start a regular sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day may help prevent nightmares.


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