‘Tis the season for spooky tales and scary movies.
Halloween is around the corner which means this month will be filled with horror movie reruns and decorations that will make you jump. Stuff like that is the fuel for nightmares. And if you have nightmares, you’re not getting a restful nights sleep.
Nightmares are more vivid than a bad dream and bring out feelings of fear, terror, distress or anxiety. Nightmares differ from dreams because they usually cause the sleeper to wake up with intense feelings. Children and teens are more likely to have nightmares, but adults can and do have them. Nightmares can be caused by personal experiences, stress, anxiety or the media. This is where Halloween comes in. Whether you watched a horror movie or walked by a house with creepy decorations, your memory stores that information and can cause nightmares.
There is no definite way to prevent nightmares, but we’d like to help you try. Having the perfect mattress can help you have a long, restful sleep. Uncomfortable beds can contribute to creating nightmares, so it’s important that your mattress is in good condition. Contact us if you want to speak about getting a new mattress!
Here are some other ways to try and avoid nightmares.
- Run some white noise or calming music: Your subconscious brain picks up on noises while you’re sleeping. A car horn may be turned into something else in your dream. If you play some calming music, it may soothe you and drown out the other noises.
- Write positive thoughts before bed: Journaling helps you sort out your feelings and stressors, but you don’t want to be reminded of all the bad things you’re dealing with right before you go to bed. Try writing something positive about your day before you lay down and you’ll leave those good thoughts in your mind.
- Avoid scary movies or books at night: It’s Halloween season and it’s pretty impossible to avoid all spooky things, but if you can, avoid seeing it before bedtime. If you can’t help yourself, try reading a magazine or doing something lighter right before you go to bed to break up the scary image in your mind.
If you’re having nightmares this time of year, try practicing these steps to see if it helps. Remember, your mattress plays an important role in your sleep. The more comfortable you are, the more likely you are to enjoy a peaceful, nightmare-free sleep.