I keep having terrible nightmares? Please read!?

I have a semi-stressful job as a grade 8 teacher. I have a class of good kids and I don't consider my job stressful. However, lately I have been having terrifying, awful nightmares and its affecting my work. What to do?

13 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    go to all yer students homes one day and just go postal on their collective little hides!!...i mean,don't hold back!!!...repay the little bastards for all the hardship they have caused you...then,you'll be able to sleep better at night.....

  • 1 decade ago

    Stressful things that happen during the day can turn dreams into nightmares. Nightmares may be a way to relieve the pressures of the day. This usually means dealing with things most people have to face at one time or another: problems at home, problems at school, and stress from sports or schoolwork. Sometimes major changes, such as moving or the illness or death of a loved one, can cause stress that leads to nightmares.

    Another thing that may cause nightmares is watching scary movies or reading scary books, especially before you go to bed.

    Sometimes if you are sick, especially with a high fever, you may have nightmares. Certain medications also can cause nightmares. Let your doctor know if you notice you are having more nightmares around the time you started a new medicine.

    Although it is normal to have a nightmare once in a while, there are some techniques you can try to get nightmares under control.

    Get into a healthy sleep routine. Try to go to bed about the same time and wake up at the same time every day. Unless you're sick or didn't get enough sleep the night before, avoid naps during the day. Avoid eating or exercising just before bedtime. Avoid scary books or movies before bedtime if you think they might be causing your nightmares.

    Sleep with a stuffed toy or favorite blanket. This helps some kids feel more secure.

    Use a nightlight. Even if you gave up yours up years ago, you might want to turn it back on. With a nightlight, if you awake from a nightmare, you'll be able to see familiar things and remember where you are.

    If you are scared, get up and find someone for reassurance. You're never too old for a hug!

    Most of the time, nightmares are not a big problem. It often helps to tell a trusted friend or family member about your bad dreams. Just talking about what happened might make you feel better. If something has been troubling you during the day, discussing those feelings also may help.

    Sometimes it helps to keep a dream journal, a notebook in which you describe the dreams you can recall. Tracking your dreams - good and bad - and how you felt before you went to sleep can give you a better sense of how your mind works at night.

    If you have frequent nightmares, you might want to see a counselor or a psychologist to help you deal with your bad dreams. It will give you a chance to talk about some of the things bothering you that may be related to your nightmares.

    Rarely, people with frequent nightmares may need to visit a doctor or a sleep clinic. A doctor can determine whether your nightmares are the result of a physical condition. A sleep clinic can check your brain waves, muscle activity, breathing, and other things that happen with your body while you sleep. If nothing else seems to work, your doctor may prescribe medicine designed to help you sleep through the night.

    Remember, nightmares are not real and they cannot hurt you. Dreaming about something scary does not mean it will happen in real life. And it doesn't mean you're a bad person who wants to do mean or scary things. Everyone has nightmares now and then.

    Nightmares may be scary for a little bit, but now you know what to do. Sweet dreams!

  • 1 decade ago

    "I have a semi-stressful job as a grade 8 teacher. I have a class of good kids and I don't consider my job stressful."

    You contradicted yourself in your first two sentences. Either you're stressed out, or you're not. I have nightmares too, but they don't affect my waking life. I'm confused how your work could be affected by your dreams, but if this is true you should see a counselor about it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If they are affecting your work, that's bad. Can you take a vacation? How about some counseling for a while? Something happened to cause these nightmares...you have to find out what it is so you can get past it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It depends on what these "nightmares" are about. Are your students in it? Is something chasing you regarding your career?

    If it effects you to the point that you become afraid to sleep at night, a suggest professional help. You may be border-line, or it could be something completely different.

  • 1 decade ago

    What are the nightmares about?? If this is affecting your job seek counseling!!

  • 1 decade ago

    Try, and I know this sounds wierd, having sex immediately before trying to dose. With any luck it will put you into a deeper realm of sleep that nightmares can't touch.

  • Ariel
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Where do you teach at?

    Try watchong a humorous movie before going to bed. It should take your mind off things.

  • 1 decade ago

    Maybe try taking some sleeping Ade's

  • 1 decade ago

    go see a doctor, i am sure there is some kind of medication he/she can prescribe you. You might even want to see a psychologist.

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