Dealing with Anxiety and Stress: Guiding Your Sleep While You’re Awake

To cope with nightmares, last week Sarah Kershaw wrote an article in the NY TImes – “Guiding Your Sleep While You’re awake.”  Dr. Barry Krakow helped to develop “imagery rehearsal therapy.”  The client selects a nightmare that he/she can learn how to transform into a dream of diminished intensity.  During the waking state, change the dream in your mind’s eye to have positive images.   Rehearse the new dream for 10-20 minutes each day and over time, the intensity of the nightmare will lessen and it may even become merely a dream. 

Ms. Kershaw presented several psychological methods to alter nightmares, but his seemed the best to me for dealing with anxiety and stress from nightmares.

Irving Nadler, PhD    Tel:  561-361-0711

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