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How can I remedy my horrible nightmares?

How can I remedy my horrible nightmares?

Nightmares: It depends a bit on the cause. An alpha-adrenergic blocking agent used for hypertension may help relieve nightmares, so do various drugs given for post traumatic stress disorder. I suggest consulting a sleep specialist first to look for underlying causes--some medical conditions also cause nightmares. Sleep docs may be pulmonologists, psychiatrists or neurologists. ...Read more

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Bad dreams is a symptom in which a person remembers dreams that are stressful to him, such as scary dreams, dreams of getting chased by attackers, dreams of suffering ...Read more


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What are some remedies to prevent nightmares and get a good night's sleep?

What are some remedies to prevent nightmares and get a good night's sleep?

Insomnia : For proper "sleep hygiene, " one should try to go to bed about the same time every night, get up at the same time every morning and avoid naps. Caffeine may interfere with one's sleeping patterns. If you continue to have problems you should visit a physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Any home remedies that help prevent nightmares, sleep paralysis ?, chamomile tea good ?

Any home remedies that help prevent nightmares, sleep paralysis ?, chamomile tea good ?

Tough question: There are no proven remedies for nightmares or sleep paralysis. You should avoid herbal supplement use with your current medications. Have you always had these symptoms or is this new since starting your current medications? Check with your physician if changing therapy may help. ...Read more

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What should I do about nightmares? Is there a medical or OTC treatment?

What should I do about nightmares?  Is there a medical or OTC treatment?

Yes: See a sleep specialist. Nightmares occur in rem sleep and can be suppressed by serotonin antidepressants. Night terrors occur in stage 4 sleep and are not recalled. They are better suppressed by tricyclic antidepressants or benzos. ...Read more

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What causes nightmares?

Nightmares = dreams: Ightmares are simply dreams. In the theoretical aveerage person who sleeps 8 hrs a night you have 4 rem or sleep cycles. Rem or rapid eye movement is the deepest stage of sleep when we dream. Although each cycle is about the same we spend more time in rem in the last two cycles so we often rembers dreams or nightmares from the early morning. It is not clear why we dream any specific topic. ...Read more

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Why do I get nightmares?

It's normal: Sometimes life's stress and anxiety can contribute as can some meds, including alcohol. ...Read more

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How can I stop nightmares?

How can I stop nightmares?

Eval first: Please seek evaluation. A comprehensive evaluation by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist may shed light on the matter. Sometimes a polysomnogram is required to assess isolated sleep problems. ...Read more

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Why do you have nightmares?

Because?: Many hypothesis exist, none was confirmed, about the reason for this (to a certain extent) normal phenomenon. It is believed that plays some role in the balance/normal physiology of brains (even animals have them). If they are excessive, very intense and terryfing, featuring repetitive themes, or reflecting some painful real event, it may be abnormal, deserving a discussion with dr. See my comment. ...Read more

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Why do people get nightmares?

Why do people get  nightmares?

Nightmares: Nightmares frequently happen in post-traumatic stress disorder, but also in 20-40% of kids between age 5-12 without any psychopathology. Creative people with "thin boundaries" on psychological tests may have them. Medications like antidepressants, certain antihypertensives, antiparkinsonian drugs, & barbiturates can cause nightmares; also withdrawal from alcohol, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines. ...Read more