When we sleep we either have a good or a bad dream. We cannot possibly pick what dreams we produce but when it becomes real bad, we just wake up. This is not the case for people who are suffering from chronic nightmares.
People who suffer chronic nightmares often wake in terror at least once or twice a week. In fact, some people continue to feel terrified throughout the next few days that sleeping will be impossible. In chronic nightmares, there is nothing but negative emotions like sadness, anger, guilt, shame and fear.
Before it takes a toll on our mental health, it is important that we know what to do should this become our case. The good news is that there are effective treatments for chronic nightmares. There are many specialists that we can ask for help here in Singapore. Here are some treatments they will suggest:
- Psychotherapy: In psychotherapy, patients meet with their therapists regularly to discuss the nightmares. Therapists will then evaluate which emotional problems are causing the nightmare. Other people do not consider this because they think therapists are for crazy people only.
- Prazosin: Prazosin is a drug prescribed for people with high blood pressure however recent studies claim that doses of this drug at night can help people with chronic nightmares and posttraumatic disorders. Before taking this, we have to consult our physicians.
- Imagery Rehearsal Therapy: Although a very young entrant, this therapy has been gaining favor as a treatment for people suffering from chronic nightmare.
We have to remember that chronic nightmares can trigger psychological stress like depression, fatigue and anxiety.