Subconscious fears disrupt sleep?

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Question from molly284: There are times I wake up sweating with fear (not hot flashes) because my dreams are so vivid that IT came back. I can't really talk to my husband about it because he thinks I should just get over it and move on. Will this fear ever lessen or will it continually gnaw at my subconscious?
Answers - David Spiegel I don't know, but it's not completely irrational that you have the fear. One problem is that you have the fear and the second problem is that your husband isn't accepting that, so you wind up not only afraid but alone and afraid. So I would say to him, look, I am having these nightmares and you can help me by giving me a hug and comforting me.

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