We all have had nightmares at one point in our lives. Although some people may only experience bad dreams now and then, or even not at all, some people suffer from nightmares somewhat frequently.

In this article, we’re going to go through some simple things that you can do to offset the possibility of having a nightmare when you sleep. Of course, if it continues to persist or get worse, please see a doctor or your GP to see if they can alleviate the issue.

Firstly, stopping nightmares from occurring can be something as simple as setting yourself a bedtime routine. Sleeping haphazardly at different times and getting different hours of sleep can throw off your circadian rhythm and make you dream things that you might not want to dream. To counter this, set yourself a bedtime you can stick to, and make sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Some people need more or less sleep than that, so you might need to experiment a bit to get that optimum combination.

How you eat and drink on the lead-up to your bedtime can also influence whether or not you’ll have bad dreams. Try not to eat so close to your bedtime and lay off the caffeine and energy drinks.

If your bed is uncomfortable, that can also lead to nightmares. Try to make your bed more comfortable with a new mattress, or new pillows. 

Lastly, talking to someone about your problems, whether it’s a family member, a friend, a work colleague, or even a therapist can help put your mind at ease and could stop nightmares from happening.

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