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Health Information For Teens
I have really bad nightmares. Is there anything I can do to get them to stop? – Hunter*
Almost everyone has nightmares from time to time. But some things can contribute to persistent bad dreams.
For some people, medicines, alcohol, drugs, lack of sleep, fever, or anxiety sometimes cause nightmares. Often, though, nightmares seem to be triggered by emotional issues at home or school, major life changes (such as a move), trauma, and stress — even if what happens in the nightmares seems unrelated to your life.
Try to eliminate bad dreams by:
In rare cases, a medical problem may cause sleep disturbances — and for that, a visit with your doctor is the way to go.
If something is really bothering you, if you’re anxious or fearful, or if you continue to have bad nightmares, look into seeing a counselor or a psychologist. Getting to the root of an emotional problem could solve the nightmare problem.
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
Visit our stress and coping center for advice on how to handle stress, including different stressful situations.
Sleep problems can keep some teens awake at night even when they want to sleep. If that sounds like you, find out what you can do.
Yoga can help reduce stress because it promotes relaxation, which is the natural opposite of stress. These tips for teens can help you tap into yoga’s stress-reducing benefits.
Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. But you might not be getting it. Here’s why – and tips for getting more shut-eye.
There’s good stress and bad stress. Find out what’s what and learn practical ways to cope in this article.
Insomnia can be a big problem for teens. Read our tips on getting a good night’s sleep.
Getting the right amount of exercise can rev up your energy levels and even help you to feel better emotionally. Find out why.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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