When to see a doctor for "Nightmares and Sleep Terrors"

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If you're experiencing frequent, troublesome nightmares, or you're just not feeling like you're getting restful sleep, it may be time to see a sleep doctor.
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Even though nightmares are common, it’s time to see a doctor when they start to affect you during the day. Are you feeling sleepy during the day because the nightmares are keeping you up, or because you’re avoiding sleep due to bad dreams? Are you having a hard time focusing at work? Then, yes, it’s time to see your doctor.
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Using how you feel during the day as a signal to see your doctor works for sleep terrors too, especially because you won’t always know that you’ve had one.

If you’re sleepy during the day, unfocused, or have trouble functioning normally, it’s time to talk to your doc.

You might also notice unexplained injuries or bruises from thrashing around during a sleep terror - another sign that you should see your doctor.
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Serious cases of nightmare disorder, a type of parasomnia, require specialized help like cognitive behavioral therapy.

Your doctor will work with you to tackle the source of the nightmares, including trauma, stress or anxiety, alcohol or drugs, or other underlying sleep disorders, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Sleep is one of the body's most important processes, and nightmares and sleep terrors can majorly mess it up.

So if you're experiencing either and they aren't going away on their own, talk to your doctor. You won't be stuck in a cycle of bad dreams forever.
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