Testimonial – Nightmares

Nightmares are common in childhood, equally occurring in both boys and girls until early puberty, during which time they become more frequent in girls.  As many as 50% of young children may experience nightmares.  Occasional bad dreams are not usually worrisome, but recurrent nightmares that rob you or your child of sleep or cause you fear or anxiety during your waking hours may require more focused attention.

Some common traits of nightmares are:

  • the dream awakens you
  • you are frightened, anxious, sad or disgusted because of the dream
  • you can clearly recall vivid details of the dream
  • the dream keeps you from going back to sleep

Ways to avoid having nightmares may consist of:

  • reducing or eliminating stress
  • no frightening books or movies before bedtime
  • no snacks right before bedtime

Other things that may cause nightmares:

  • illness
  • trauma, PTSD
  • medications, especially antidepressants, narcotics, barbituates and beta blockers

Some coping methods could include:

  • talking about the dream
  • putting stress in its place, use some deep breathing
  • use a night light
  • keep the door open/or closed whichever one gives you or your child comfort

Most physicians would not treat nightmares with any medication and when you find your child is suffering frequent nightmares that interrupt both of your sleep, it can be more than bothersome.  Following is a testimonial from a mother showing how she dealt with nightmares in her home using Young Living Essential Oils.

Nightmares.Heather Brock

“… And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”  Revelation 22:2

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nightmares/DS01010

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/nightmares

http://www.medicinenet.com/nightmares/article.htm

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