How to stop nightmares

As an adult, are you supposed to have outgrown nightmares?

If nightmares are causing you significant distress, or are interrupting your sleep on a regular basis, it’s important to determine what’s causing your nightmares.

If you are suffering from adult nightmares, you might believe you’re the only adult who has them. Although it is true, that nightmares are more common with children, one in two adults also has occasional nightmares. In fact, 2% to 8% of the adult population is afflicted by nightmares.

By finding their cause you can make appropriate changes to reduce their occurrence.

What Are Nightmares?

Nightmares are intensely realistic. They are disturbing dreams that jolt you awake from a deep sleep. They can set your heart pounding from fear.

And although most nightmares tend to occur most during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, when most dreaming takes place, they can occur at any time.

What to do about nightmares?

Here are a few things you could do if you have nightmares that cause you anxiety and panic…

Check your Sleep Routine

Uncomfortable beds, sleeping positions or the content you read or watch before sleeping can sometimes contribute to creating nightmares.

It’s important that you have a good sleep routine, and your bedroom has the right conditions for good sleep.

You are what you consume

Eating dinner close to bedtime can literally feed your nightmares, so try not do it. Cheese at night is known as a snack that can cause problems.

But it’s not just what you eat and drink… While, you should avoid high-energy drinks, soft drinks, alcohol, coffee or tea, in the evenings, it’s mostly what you consume during the day which determines how you rest at night.

If you are sensitive, even such things as watching the news or a conversation or day filled with conflict may turn up in your sleep as a nightmare – after all, when you haven’t resolved an event consciously, your unconscious mind will try and bring this to your attention from a place beyond your conscious mind. Sometimes it tries to suggest a solution – in symbolic form. Pay attention to its messages.

Some medications are known to contribute to nightmare frequency. Drugs that act on chemicals in the brain, such as antidepressants and narcotics, are often associated with nightmares. Non-psychological medications, including some blood pressure medications, can also cause nightmares in adults.

Put your mind at ease

Leave stresses, digital gadgets, TV’s, work etc. outside the bedroom. The bedroom is only for sleeping (and love making).

Physical activity two or three times a week will help to release tensions that you could be taking home. If you’re not an active type, take walks outside in the evenings to help clear your mind and move your body.

Make time during the day to process any conflicts, stresses, fears or tensions – do not leave them unattended, as stress is cumulative and builds up over time.

Reading a good book at night time can be something to help you unwind and de-stress, but stay away from horror stories, thrillers and anything else that will stimulate your imagination.

Talk about the problem

The best way to avoid nightmares is to confront them. Whether it’s a work related issue, a memory that leads back to your childhood, or a generic fear – talking about your nightmares with an understanding friend, partner or relative could help to reduce anxiety and resolve what’s disturbing your sleep pattern.

If you don’t make progress on your own; do seek help from a professional. Sometimes nightmares have deeper roots, such as trauma, that can be uncovered through working with Hypnotherapy.

What if you finally got rid of anxiety.

Anxiety is an activation of the body at the body and psychological level in response to a threat.

At the body level it can manifest with different symptoms such as tachycardia, choking sensation, muscle stiffness / weakness, agitation / motor blockage (for example, tremors in the extremities), excessive sweating, dizziness, sleeplessness, etc.

On the psychological level, different unpleasant sensations are experienced, more or less intense and diffuse, such as anguish, fear, worry, desire to flee, feelings of loss of control, negative and recurrent thoughts, etc. There are different types of anxiety disorders such as phobias, panic attacks, obsessive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, generalised anxiety disorder, etc.

Anxiety is a positive and adaptive response of the organism within certain limits, but when it becomes inadequate or disproportionate it becomes a disabling problem that severely limits people’s lives. The causes of anxiety, phobias and panic attacks can be very varied. Phobias can be developed to the most varied stimuli, from animals and people to inanimate objects such as mirrors or even to certain forms.

It is more frequent that anxiety and phobias have a more gradual development in time and that panic attacks usually start with a traumatic episode. The anxiety response can occur even without the person being aware of what causes it, and only notice the physiological and psychological symptoms that accompany it. Maintaining this high level of alertness in the organism supposes a significant wear that can cause many physical illnesses and psychological disorders.


Hypnosis is a very effective tool in the treatment of anxiety disorders, because it allows quickly achieve deep states of calm and well-being that reduce the feeling of anxiety and provide immediate relief. In addition, with hypnosis you can work more directly with emotions, with that unconscious part of your mind, and thus facilitate the modification of those exaggerated reactions of fear, worry, anguish, etc. that are associated either to specific situations or stimuli or to more general or indeterminate contexts, or even non-conscious ones, such as the case of generalised anxiety or some types of panic attacks. The duration of hypnosis treatment for anxiety may vary depending of each person, although important progress can be observed from the first session. Also, the use of self-hypnosis outside the sessions allows the person to develop more quickly a greater self-control and self-confidence, and increase their psychological resistance.


Anxiety disorders are caused by inadequate responses to a stimulus or situation perceived as threatening, and that can be more or less concrete or indeterminate, even not consciously noticed. Hypnosis allows you to directly modify emotional associations by reducing or eliminating anxiety responses or panic attacks more quickly and effectively. Hypnosis is a powerful tool that helps the person increase their sense of control and become stronger and more resilient in the future.

I can help you, and I would very much like to do it.