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.