Ever since I was little, I’ve had some of the worst nightmares. Not just nightmares, but night terrors. In college I went through a period of about six months where my night terrors were so bad that I would go days without sleeping, or I would never sleep more than thirty minutes because I would wake up screaming and crying. It was like a living hell. Thankfully, the night terrors have calmed down a bit and I’m back to just regular nightmares. I bought the above book in the hopes of figuring out why on earth I was dreaming about my teeth rotting and falling out or why random people from high school were in my nightmares.
The book is pretty fantastic. It doesn’t just have a comprehensive list of the most common themes in nightmares, but it also has good information on what causes nightmares, how to control nightmares, how to confront fears, the difference between phobias, nightmares and night terrors, and even a little section at the end where you you keep a ‘nightmare journal’. It is the only book I keep to help me cope with my nightmares, and I refer to it every time I have a bad dream that bothers me.
The book is easy to read and pretty well written. It was printed for Barnes and Noble, so it’s really well designed and put together from a variety of sources (all of which are credited on the copyright page of the book). I highly recommend it to anyone who is more interested in learning more about the meaning of their bad dreams and how to control them, instead of letting them control you. As far as a rating goes, I give it a 4/5.