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Long Term Reduction of Nightmares with Imagery Rehearsal Treatment

  • Barry Krakow (a1), Robert Kellner (a1), Dorothy Pathak (a1) and Lori Lambert (a1)

An eighteen month follow-up of chronic nightmare sufferers treated with imagery rehearsal, a cognitive-behavioral method, demonstrated significant and clinically meaningful decreases in nightmare frequency. Sixty-eight percent of subjects decreased their nightmares below criteria for a “Chronic Nightmare Disorder”. Significant improvement was also noted for sleep quality and daytime anxiety. The findings support the theory that nightmares may be clinically conceptualized as a primary sleep disorder in some chronic sufferers.

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