If a nightmare has got you seriously wigged out, the best cure might just be to turn on all the lights and pull out a feel-good book to read until you feel sleepy again.
I've certainly had moments where I've woken up in the middle of the night with my heart pounding and mind whirring. Those moments after waking from a nightmare can be incredibly surreal. Suddenly, everything in your room feels like a threat. Even the silence seems dangerous. Readers know more than anyone how potent imagination can be.
Fortunately, books have the enormous power to comfort me and they might comfort you, too. Even when you feel absolutely cold and alone, books can warm the room around you. They can put a protective shield up around your imagination, and prevent all the bad visions from getting in.
In fact, science has proven that reading can help you sleep better at night. Reading reduces stress, helps your body understand that it's time to shut down, and provides food for your dreams. That's why experts recommend reading before bed, and many readers will tell you that it absolutely works for them.
So, here are some feel-good books to cheer you up and help you relax after even the scariest dreams: