Somewhere between 2%-8% of adults have nightmares. This is a small and rare population. A lot of this population is people with PTSD for whom getting treatment for PTSD could possibly stop their nightmares. I am someone who gets debilitating nightmares and it is not caused by a health condition. I have nightmares that are full-fledged horror movies. I must fully wake for at least an hour or else I will go right back into my nightmare. For at least a month after a nightmare, the images will try to come into my mind when I try to sleep. It's basically a mini-PTSD. I employ techniques night after night to force the images out until eventually they are not scary. It can take up to a year or more to fully recover from one of these nightmares. I will still have some risidual images forever. I avoid horror movies so as not to give ammo to my brain to use against me later.
So, now to the question part: there are some people on raddle who have some pretty extensive drug knowledge. I know this is a very niche area, but does anyone know of a drug to stop nightmares? I'd even be okay with something that makes you never remember dreams again (obviously, I still need REM so dreams have to happen). Dreams are potentially scary. Any of them could be a nightmare so they can all fuck right off. Since this is so niche, I can't find anything in pharmaceuticals that aren't just "here, stop having emotions." I was wondering if there was a "hey, this drug is awesome but you'll stop dreaming if you take it." Most people I know like dreams and would be sad to lose them so I was hoping some folk knowledge of "this sucks because no dreams" would be available.
I'm grasping at straws so don't feel bad if you got nothing. But no one can say yes unless I at least ask. :)