Nightmares can occur without any warning, and play havoc with a sound night's sleep. If you have a nightmare, how do you calm yourself down so that you can get back to slumber town quickly? Do you have any tried and tested techniques to get back to sleep?
I'm lucky enough not to have them anymore. When I did, I looked at what I was eating and drinking though the day and for me they seemed to be caused by caffeine too late in the day, so I stopped that and they went away.
Depends on how bad the nightmare was. Sometimes I am still very sleepy and can just roll over and get back to sleep. Other times, the nightmare can be really upsetting and I might need to get out of bed, grab a water or read a book. Just something to take my mind off it.
If it was extremely scary, I would turn on a bedside light, grab a drink and do some things to keep my mind off of it and calm down. If it wasn't that scary, I would just, as helenonthesofa sofa said, roll over and go back to sleep.
I don't have too many nightmares that make me scared. I do have bad dreams from time to time, but they tend to revolve around fictitious disagreements with friends. Then I wake up in the morning feeling grumpy rather than scared.
If I'm ever spooked in the middle of the night I'll sometimes watch an episode of a 'Happy' TV show like Community. Something lighthearted like that will usually take my mind off things.
Not that I've had many nightmares, but when and if it happens, I am just too glad to realise I was just having a nightmare, I change sleeping position, and go right back to sleep. Getting up and trying to shake off the bad dream will also shake off sleep, so before I get to the level of wakeful alertness, I close my eyes and continue my interrupted sleep.