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Mynci
Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8737
Posted:Right without giving away too much, I was wondering if anyone could help me with advise for stopping nightmares?
I am sure they are anxienty based but they anxiety CANNOT be removed it is impossible (trust me but don't ask)
Does anyone know any free methods?
can you get hypnotherapy on the NHS and does it work?
this would mean a LOT if people could help because the nightmares are ruining a very special life, I've done a search but thee seems to be nothing specific to nightmare reduction... hug


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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:i know a great way to learn to stop nightmares, that i use myself. Unfortunately it can take several years to learn: lucid dreaming. I reality check in waking life whenever something bad happens. A lot of the time in dreams if anything majorly bad happens I end up reality checking and can choose to either wake up, or change the dream. It's good stuff smile

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jeff(fake)
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Scientist of Fortune
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 15th Apr 2005
Total posts: 1189
Posted:With nightmares the causes are all intensely personal so there is no standardised cure. Hypotherapy may help but the entire field is rather dubius and could make things worse. I'd be very surprised if it were available on the NHS.

Best thing to do at present would be to talk it over with a very good friend if that's possible. Feel free to PM me if you need someone away from your personal situation. HoPers should look out for each other.

hug's in the meanthime.


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Pooh-Bah
Location: Bristol
Member Since: 6th Jan 2005
Total posts: 1785
Posted:I was having a reoccuring nightmare about my illness (so similar in the fact that its something that cannot be changed or controlled)

I had the the advantage of having been interested in lucid dreaming a few years ago (I spent about a year working on it) so it was easier to get into this time. After a few weeks I managed to slowly control the dream until the horror of it was no more and I never had the dream again.

I have huge problems with nightmares and I have them all the time. I have managed to conquer all the reoccuring ones with lucid dreaming so I would really recommend it as a solution.

Unfortunately I cannot offer any instant or short term way of helping, sorry.


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Kyrian
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Location: York, England
Member Since: 15th Mar 2002
Total posts: 4308
Posted:If you find something let me know, I've discovered a pattern in when i have most of mine so I can just wake myself up before them now- but it means about 5 hours of sleep a night most of the time. And its not 100% (but its much nicer!). Are they alwas in the same part of the night or sleep cycle? If so, that might help as well.

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Mynci
Mynci

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Posted:Thanks for your info... the nightmares are not mine so I don't feel I can discuss them. (I'mthe close friend, if you like) we've talked them over loads but that doesn't seem to help. (I feel it may just re-enforce them)
Have some liturature on controlling dreams (mental rehearsal and scenario changing) that I think may be similar to this "lucid dreaming" I only hope it can help as a year will lead to a change in anxieties.


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linden rathen
linden rathen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: London, UK
Member Since: 2nd Mar 2005
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Posted:lucid dreaming is basically where you can control the dream - tis good fun in nice dreams ubbangel

when i used to get nightmares etc i found that once id woke up a good way to get by it (especailyl the fear of going abck to sleep)

would be to visulise my head with a hole at the top and bottom in the bottom i draw lots of ice images then i push out the top all teh bad stuff - sounds silly but i found it worked very well smile


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siren1987
siren1987

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Location: Nottingham, England
Member Since: 10th Sep 2005
Total posts: 22
Posted:i had anxiety problems and i went to see a psychologist to help me out. i was just thinking that if the anxiety can be reduced (not removed) it may help the nightmares. i tried yoga and deep breathing, it really helped. if your friendis really relaxed and calm before bed in may help reduce the intensity of the nightmares.
hug hope this helps


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Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs...
Member Since: 1st Sep 2004
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Posted:Yep, I also feel that attaining a little self hypnosis (meditation) can help with anxiety. I, personally do not suffer from nightmares, as I sleep too deeply, and sometimes if I do have one, and I wake up, I want to get back into it so I can kick the sh!t out of whatever's in the dream... I'll usually try to take a tank back in with me... And i'm not trying to be funny either... Its an offshoot of lucid dreaming...

But yeah, some lavender, or other good smells, clean bed, shower/bath before bed, other calming techniques can help a lot.

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matty390
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Location: wakefield yorks uk
Member Since: 31st Aug 2005
Total posts: 71
Posted:Dreamcatchers!!!!! biggrin
works for me

matt


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Groovy_Dream
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Member Since: 26th May 2005
Total posts: 449
Posted:Learn to lucid dream. Then you can turn your dream monster into a pink bunny rabbit (unless that's your phobia).

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Mynci
Mynci

Macaque of all trades
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Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
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Posted:thanks everyone but my reason for this thread has now come to a conclusion, thanks for all your great advice

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