Nightmares: Researchers Say ‘Pleasant Sounds’ and Other Therapies Can Reduce Them

By David Rossiaky, Oct 27, 2022

Dr. Alex Dimitriu, the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California and BrainfoodMD, told Healthline that TMR works by associating a stimulus — such as a specific sound — with a specific thought while you’re awake. “Then when the same sound is played during sleep, the brain re-activates this memory. In the case of nightmares, if a tone can be associated with a positive ending to the nightmare, playing that sound while the person is dreaming should help reactivate the positive memory that was rehearsed while awake,” explained Dimitriu.

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