“Those with the greatest awareness have the greatest nightmares.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Each night fills me with terror. Sleeping, which so many people seem to love, is one of my least favorite activities. Not only does it feel like a waste of time, it also brings awful nightmares.
Perhaps I am the villain one night, killing millions of people until everything around me is red. The next evening, a friend or coworker is kidnapping me. Almost worst are the nights when people tell me how they truly feel, how much they really hate me. Sometimes that is the hardest to hear.
Going to sleep is a struggle for me. Not only does my mind have difficulty settling down, I also deal with nightmares. Recently I have begun a medicine to help with these terrifying dreams. Since then, my nights have been better. Still, overwhelming darkness creeps into many of my dreams.
However, there is hope if you struggle with this as well. Although it might seem point less, relief from nightmares is possible. Will they still occur? Yes, but there are practical way to combat these frightening images. I am going to share ten tips that I have used of the years to help me. Hopefully you will find several that might work for you.
According to Merriam-Dictionary.com, sleep is “the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored.” Thus, night is supposed to be a time of rest and replenishment.
However I fear getting into my bed each night. Often, I wake up more exhausted than when I went to sleep. Because of my nightmares and flashbacks, I struggle to do the very thing that should help me to face each day renewed.