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Nightmare Disorder Suggestions

(Also Known As: Nightmares Suggestions, Dream Anxiety Disorder Suggestions, Repeated Nightmares Suggestions, Insomnia Suggestions, Sleep Terror Disorder Suggestions, Sleepwalking Disorder Suggestions, Chronic Nightmare Disorder Suggestions)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Suggestions for Nightmare Disorder

Nightmare Disorder Suggestions are important because Nightmare Disorder can be a very disturbing condition that can cause discomfort to the personal, social, and occupational aspects of one’s life. Sleep deprivation can lead to the inability of a person to perform their day time tasks more efficiently. The fear and terror that one undergoes during their nightmares can cause them to develop the conditions of anxiety, depression, and even desperation. Parents of children with Nightmare Disorder are often affected too and the condition can hamper the normal life of a child.

Nightmare Disorder often fades as one grows older and it is not a major problem as long as it does not cause significant distress to the person having it.

However once Nightmare Disorder causes significant anxiety, unhealthy disruption of sleep, and/or fear of going back to sleep again it is important to see a specialist who will be able to identify and rule out possible causes of the sleep disorder, and provide the appropriate treatment to alleviate the effects of the Nightmare Disorder. Most often the doctor will require one to provide vital information, such as when the nightmares began, how often they occur, and what they are about. They will take a complete family and medical history of the patient as well as conduct a thorough physical assessment. It is important to provide them accurate information of the past and current medications the patient is taking. Keeping a sleep diary for about 2 weeks will help Nightmare Disorder patients to keep track of information about their nightmares, which will provide doctors better information to base their assessment and diagnosis to help the patient better.

Because the majority of people affected by Nightmare Disorder are children, it is important for parents and care givers to know the proper care of children with Nightmare Disorder. The following are helpful tips to help a child who experiences nightmares.

  • Use a dim light inside the child’s room to make them feel better.
  • Let the child sleep with a stuffed toy or special blanket for security
  • A quick response when the child wakes up from a nightmare can make them feel better and safer.
  • Discuss the nightmare with the child openly during the day.
  • Give assurance to the child that nightmares are normal in children and even adults experience them.
  • Seek immediate help if the child manifests disturbing recurrent nightmares.

Could You Have Nightmare Disorder?

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Related Conditions

Dyssomnia – Difficulty to Go to Sleep, Difficulty to Remain Sleeping, Sleep Disorder, Primary Sleep Disorder
Hypersomnia – Recurrent Episodes of Daytime Sleepiness, Sleep Disorder, Frequent Daytime Napping, Anxiety, Disturbed Sleep
Narcolepsy – Dyssomnia, Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, Daytime Drowsiness, Insomnia, Drooping Eyelids, Lack of Sleep, Sleep Awakening
Parasomnia NOS – Sleep Disorder, Abnormal Movements, Sleep Awakening, Abnormal Sleep Pattern, Dreaming, Disturbed Emotion and Behavior
Sleep Terror Disorder – Sleep Terror Disorder, Extreme Terror, Difficulty to Wake Up, Emotional Fear, Parasomnia
Sleepwalking Disorder – Somnambulism, Parasomnia, Engaging in Activities While in a State of Sleep