Reoccurring nightmares

I grew up with reoccurring nightmares, not knowing what was wrong was my biggest nightmare and why I presented a certain way. I also had reoccurring nightmares going into and coming home from school every day. Not being able to keep up with school, or my peers academically and feeling I’d failed.

Although there can be a number of psychological triggers that cause nightmares, anxiety and depression can also be the reason. post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can also be the reason we experience chronic recurrent nightmares. Nightmares in adults, can be caused by stress and certain sleep disorders.

But reoccurring nightmares aren’t something that just wake you up at night. Reoccurring nightmares can be something you’re subjected to that you have little control over, that you keep going back into and that causes you distress. Something that continually takes you out of your comfort zone.

What can you do to limit your reoccurring nightmares?

If you’re dealing with anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder and you’re struggling with sleep and reoccurring nightmares as a result, get help with those. Talk through how you feel with a trauma-focused therapist and look at your life in greater detail, because that will help you understand why you feel depressed, or why you have anxiety.

Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) is a cognitive behavioural treatment, based on the idea that the mind produces the nightmare out of habit and it’s a habit that can be broken, that can also be used as an effective approach for eliminating ongoing nightmares and for reducing the number and intensity of nightmares amongst, people who deal with PTSD.

Having experienced trauma, I allow myself to feel the emotion behind the trauma and as a result I am able to make sense of all my experiences.


19 Oct, 2019

4 thoughts on “Reoccurring nightmares

  1. Yes, I used to have a recurring nightmare where I realise I have just 3 days to revise for my final university exams, by which time it’s too late.

    That’s it. The dream never develops, it starts and stops at the same point as I wake up. I think it’s about my worries that time is running out generally, which is a bit of a morbid thought as I’m only 56.

    Thankfully I haven’t had the dream for a few months now.

    1. Thanks. Yes, I believe that when we move on with our lives and we’re generally happy and live presently, we do move on from reoccurring nightmares.

      I also no longer have reoccurring nightmares over my disability, because I am and continue to be proactive.

      My blog and my (soon to be published) book is the reason why I no longer have reoccurring nightmares. I am no longer the person I used to be.

      The key is taking control and changing certain aspects of you life, whilst remaining true to yourself.

  2. My nightmares were quite often very real, so it’s no wonder that I also had the reoccurring ones on a regular basis.

    Most of the time I really didn’t know what was wrong myself, since my parents didn’t share much of anything about what was really going on, other than the things we didn’t really want to know.

    Thanks to my PTSD and sleep apnea, I don’t normally get enough sleep to have a lot of those nightmares which can be a blessing and a curse at times.

    I definitely need to work on getting that trauma based therapy, since there is still a lot of things that I haven’t even begun to talk about.

    It would be fantastic if I could get a decent amount of sleep for a change, and not have to deal with so many of those nightmares.

    1. I hear you Randy. Yes, it would very much help if you could talk about your experiences. I hope you start to get enough to sleep to be able to make a difference to how you feel.

      Even if we carry parts of our experiences with us, getting the right amount of sleep at least helps us function in our lives, with or without our reoccurring nightmares.

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