7 Signs You're Overstressed: Learn the Truth Behind Hives, Memory Loss, Pain, Fatigue, and Painful Periods: Crazy, Surreal Dreams
Crazy, Surreal Dreams
When your mind gets overloaded with anxiety and doesn't know how to process it, a bad dream can be its way to work through the stressful experience so it becomes less threatening, explains Barry Krakow, MD, medical director of the Maimonides Sleep Arts and Sciences in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Nix It: Think of the dreams as free psychotherapy, a possible clue to what's making you tense, and a suggestion on how to deal with it. Focus on how you felt in the dream. If you were afraid or embarrassed, consider why. Then ask yourself what makes you feel the same way in real life. For example, you might realize you've said or done something embarrassing at work and need to apologize to someone or be more careful. If bad dreams are starting to interfere with your sleep, occur nightly, or are truly disturbing, you may need professional help to sort things out, says Dr. Krakow.