Health Tip: Put Nightmares to Bed

Deal with the cause of your bad dreams

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(HealthDay News) - 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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