How to Sleep Tight

Here are some tricks you can use to sleep well, keep your nightmares at bay, and have sweet dreams all night long.


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    Keep a dream journal to write down your dreams. Look for patterns. Say you have nightmares before an exam, then take extra care to get relaxed before bed on those nights. You can also use your dream journal to rewrite the ending of bad dreams to something less frightening.
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    Keep a healthy sleep routine. Try to go to bed at the same time every night, and get up at the same time--even on weekends.
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    Get plenty of exercise. You're more likely to sleep soundly if you are physically tired. Make sure you get in some good--preferably outdoor--activity every day.
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    Talk about it. If something is on your mind that's bothering you, discuss it with a friend or grown-up. Unhappy feelings or anxieties usually don't just go away. They pop up again in different ways--like in your nightmares.
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    Keep your door open. Even just a crack. This will help you remember that you family is close by. If you are scared, get up and find someone for reassurance, or a hug.
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    Avoid scary books or movies before bedtime. Sometimes, images from scary stories pop up in dreams--even two or three days after you've seen them.
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    Take a warm bath before bed. Relax and soak rather than doing something like playing a really exciting video game that will wind you up.
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    Avoid eating or exercising just before bedtime. Both these activities stimulate your system and make it tougher to get to sleep. Tossing and turning in a light doze might give you uneasy feelings that lead to nightmares.
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  • Some of the most common night mares include: Your teeth are falling out, you're in a car that's out of control, someone is chasing you, you're falling, you have a test and you haven't studied, or you're out in public--naked!

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