Do you ever wake up from a nightmare and feel disoriented? You can't remember where you are or what's going on. It's a feeling that is both strange and unsettling. Nightmares can be vivid and frightening, making it hard to go back to sleep.
If you've ever had a nightmare, you're not alone. According to a study, nearly 50% of adults have had a nightmare at some point in their lives. And 8% of people have nightmares once a week or more.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to ease your transition back into reality.
First, take a few deep breaths and try to relax. It may be helpful to close your eyes and picture a peaceful place. This will help your body and mind to calm down.
Second, take a look around and try to orient yourself. If you're not sure where you are, look for clues like pictures on the wall or furniture in the room. Once you have a general idea of your surroundings, you'll likely feel more settled.
Third, try to remember what happened before you fell asleep. This can help you to make sense of the dream and understand that it wasn't real. If you can't remember what happened, don't worry - it's not always possible to recall dreams clearly.
Finally, remind yourself that the nightmare is over and that you're safe now. It can be helpful to say this out loud or even write it