Musings: Nightmares

Today’s topic is: “Do you have bad dreams or nightmares?” 

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For most of my adult life, I’ve been plagued with bad dreams. In fact, as many as three nights a week involve some sort of nightmare.

Most often, there is something or someone that I am trying to avoid. Alien creatures attacking Earth and I have someone else’s children to protect. Terrorists on motorcycles with guns and I’m crouching behind a concrete median divider. Just two nights ago, I spent several hours evading an outbreak of easily transmittable vampirism. In my dreams, much like my waking life, I don’t know how to fight back against these enormous threats, so I run and/or hide and hope they don’t get me.

For years, I figured that these stressful nights were caused by the stress I experienced during the day at my corporate job. But since leaving that world behind in 2011, the daily stresses have changed, but the nightmares hadn’t… until I became pregnant for the first time.

It took me a few months to realize that my bad dreams had ended, and when I told my midwife, she didn’t seem very surprised. Something about hormonal changes impacting the brain. But what I didn’t expect was for the dreams to come back after my daughter was born. (By the way, sleep deprivation and nightmares are an unfortunate combination.)

Luckily, I found a way to make them go away again! (This is where the story gets a bit squishy, so proceed with caution.) In the weeks after my daughter was born, my midwife created a placenta tincture. “The tincture can be used in any time of trauma, transition, or emotional distress to ease your symptoms.” Not only did it help balance out my post-partum mood swings, wouldn’t you know it, a few drops of tincture at bedtime and voila, no bad dreams! (We also use the tincture to boost my daughter’s immune system during times of high stress.) If you are going to have a baby soon, don’t let the ick factor keep you from the amazing benefits your placenta can provide.

If you have a cure for bad dreams, please share it in the comments.

~ Phoebe DeCook

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