Nightmares

Nightmares can be scary things and if you get them frequently it’s likely that you’re not getting a very restful sleep.  We know that children who sleep less struggle to learn and manage their behaviour so it is very important that we tackle nightmares fast. Luckily, there are some simple strategies that you can try to banish those nightmares for good!

Watch the clip and trial the strategies, and hopefully you’ll no longer be bothered by nightmares. It can also help to talk to a trusted friend and adult about your nightmare. You never know, they might come up with a great strategy to overcome it!

Little Rabbit and the Night Mare by Kate Klise

This book is filled with great strategies to tackle nightmares. Watch the video below and see if you can spot any of them! If you really enjoy the book you could ask your parent to track a copy down.

A nightmare will stop bothering you when you face up to it and realise that it’s not actually as scary as it seems. This may seem hard to imagine but there are some simple steps you can try to overcome the nightmare.

Tell someone that lives with you about your nightmare so that you don’t have to face it alone. Ask them for advice on what they would do.

Make ‘Keep Out Signs’ and put them around your room to keep the nightmares away.

Make a Nightmare Trap to capture the nightmare while you sleep.

Sometimes nightmares have toys or objects in them that you recognise. You could move the toy out of your room or even put it somewhere silly (like in the chicken coop!) and that might make the nightmare go away.

“It’s your nightmare. You must look it in the eye and tell it to stop bothering you!”

You could also post your nightmare below and other people may be able to come up with a strategy to solve it!

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