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10 Ways to Prevent Bad Dreams and Nightmares

Updated on December 29, 2016

Causes for Nightmares

There are a few causes for having bad dreams and nightmares. Many people have nightmares because of awful things they've seen in real life, or in a movie. Usually people will have nightmares after seeing a scary movie. This is because our eyes are the gate to our soul, and whatever images we see, may affect our dreams. Some people may dream of bad things that has happened in their past. Watching scary movies can certainly make fear settle into our thoughts, which may cause nightmares.

Negative images aren't the only thing that may cause bad dreams and nightmares. But negative songs, negative conversation, and negative people you keep company with, may also cause bad dreams. Words that you listen to can affect your Spirit, which is where your heart is. The positive or negative words in songs that we listen to, can get into our thoughts, which will cause bad dreams. Verbal conversation can also replay in dreams rather good or bad. And when it comes to the company you keep, if you and your companion are doing positive fun and happy things, this may play-out in dreams, which is a great idea.

The point is that words are powerful; our God in heaven created the earth with "words." We have to be careful of the words or conversation we engage in, and the things we do with the company we keep. These things that are mentioned above can make a difference in our dreams.

Preventing Bad Dreams and Nightmares
Preventing Bad Dreams and Nightmares

10 Ways to Prevent Bad Dreams and Nightmares

  1. Say your prayers before going to bed at night (Matthew 6:9-13).
  2. Avoid eating a meal or snacks 2 hours before bedtime.
  3. Avoid caffeine before bed; teas, coffee, chocolate and sodas.
  4. Avoid disturbing movies, books, or the News before going to bed.
  5. Watch a comedy before going to bed (to put your Spirit in a good mood).
  6. Start your day with Bible verses and scriptures.
  7. Listen to positive songs, such as Gospel music or inspirational music during the day. Or listen to Gospel songs while your sleep on very low volume.
  8. Avoid having bedroom wall colors that are black or other dark colors.
  9. Make sure your bed sheets and covers are bright and colorful, and not dark colors such as black.
  10. Try to visualize positive images before going to sleep, by closing your eyes and thinking of calming scenes (such as the beach).

Nightmares can be prevented while you're already sleep and about to have a bad dream. Also try and meditate on helpful Bible scriptures.

When you're already sleep and having a bad dream, you can come out of the nightmare by saying to yourself "In the name of Jesus Christ." Just keep saying it over and over again, until you wake up, and then turn over onto your stomach. This will work for bad dreams that are in process, "Guaranteed."

Sleeping on your stomach instead of on your back, in the middle of a nightmare will help stop bad dreams. Treating others the way you would want to be treated, can have an effect on your dreams. If you're treating other people wrong your dreams can be bad, and cause nightmares. Have you ever heard people say, "I wonder how that person sleeps at night?" This is because the person may be unrighteous and rotten, toward others. Another thing that may prevent bad dreams is arguing or having confrontation with someone. And finally, try not to stay angry, this will have an effect on your dreams.

Verse of Scripture - Avoid going to Bed Angry

Be angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Ephesians 4: 26

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      5 years ago

      Just what I needed to read! I have frequent nightmares, and the idea of using scripture is the best thing I've read yet to ward off these bad dreams. Praise The Lord for this article. Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      Very useful! :)

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      6 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Chitrangada, glad you see this article as 'useful.' Thanks for your comment, greatly appreciated.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful tips, for those who have the problem of bad dreams. Great hub.

    • Ann810 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Heather, everything looks black in the dark. When your eyes are closed and your going to sleep, your conscience knows that your bedsheets are not black. Thank you for your comment.

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      6 years ago

      I'm pretty sure my bedsheets will always look black in the dark.


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