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Lucid Dreaming as a Treatment for Nightmares

Lucid dreaming is the art of being conscious during a dream. Nightmares are especially common for clients who have anxiety disorders. Nightmares may be viewed as catastrophic scenarios unfolding in the dream state. Lucid dreaming involves setting up signals which, once observed, make us ask the question, "Am I dreaming?" Once lucid, you may then change the dream.

How Anxiety Influences Sleep

People suffering from anxiety disorders often experience insomnia. Anxiety and impaired sleep represent a vicious circle: Anxiety sufferers find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. In turn, lack of sleep decreases coping skills, raising anxiety levels even more the next day, thereby further reducing sleep. Sleep hygiene and relaxation represent two ways to increase sleep and break the cycle.

Learn that Early Morning Anxiety is just Arousal in your Body

Anxiety symptoms are often worse in the morning and improve throughout the day. Why? Simple answer. When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, cortisol is released. Cortisol is highest in the hour after you awaken, something called the “Cortisol Awakening Response.” The function of cortisol is to increase arousal. Think of it as your body’s way of helping you wake up and focus your attention. Early morning anxiety is just arousal in the body getting you ready for the day.