Nightmare Cures: diet, exercise, good bed.
Half of teenagers still have nightmares, a survey by Archers Sleepcentre has revealed.
After sampling 90 Glasgow school pupils between the ages of 15 and 18, Archers Sleepcentre discovered that 45% of boys and 52% of girls had at least one nightmare in the last month. Despite this, only 15% sleep with the door open and 2% with the light on. Are kids no longer scared of the bogey man?
Whether nightmares are scary or not, they certainly interrupt sleeping patterns. Quite often though, simple solutions can get rid of these night time nuisances.
Cause: Eating Before Bed
It’s not just a myth; foods like cheese, chocolate and beans are hard to digest and leave your stomach churning through the night. Midnight snacks seem quite likely since the survey showed that the majority of teens went to bed after 11 o’clock.
The increase in your body’s metabolism acts as a stimulus for nightmares.
Cure: Apples, Fish and Yoghurt
And any other light foods that are easy to digest if you’re eating just before bed. The idea is to give your digestive system a break along with the rest of your body.
Your mind uses it’s time asleep to rationalise incidents from the day. Pressure, feelings of inadequacy, becoming overwhelmed; these cause stress that can be dangerous if not address.
Cure: Yoga and Meditation
Or even a simple walk before bed. Facing the issue means it’s not left to your sub conscious to let it run free into a nightmare.
Cause: Awkward Sleeping Position
Though 51% of teens involved in the Archers survey already have a double bed, uncomfortable mattresses can make a night difficult. Your body is confused by the discomfort and fidgets, this manifests itself into a nightmare.
Cure: A Good Bed
For example, a memory foam mattress softens under warmth so moulds to the sleeper’s body. This reduces the pressure points on the body, resulting in less tossing and turning by evenly distributing body weight
Along with things like dry skin or stomach ache, nightmares can show your body has a weak tolerance to certain foods or materials. These upset the body and – in the same way as a fever -cause nightmares.
Simple trial an error is the only way to spot this one. Cutting out certain foods from your diet, changing your fabric softener, or trying a hypo allergenic pillow are ways to find out where the allergy lies.
The Glasgow teens might not be scared, but some of these cures could certainly give them a good night’s sleep. Nightmares definitely aren’t just something you have to live with.
Archers Sleepcentre recommends:
Innovations Luxury Latex Pillow
Silentnight Prestige Oberon Memory Mattress