Study: New treatment for nightmares holds promise

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A study published in the journal Current Biology suggests a new treatment for nightmares may have a lot of potential.

The gold standard for treating nightmare disorder is imagery rehearsal therapy.

It teaches people to reimagine their nightmares with positive endings.

It doesn’t work for everyone, but a new twist on that therapy adds sound, and it appears to have yielded improved results.

It involves sounds the sufferer associates with a more positive outcome.

The sound is played as the person is in REM sleep, the stage in which dreams take place.

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