How to handle my 8-year-old sister’s nightmares?

I am not a parent myself, but I have been responsible for a big part in the rising of my sister.
We have an age gap of 13 years, which creates a fun but complicated relationship between us.
She knows that I am not her dad, and that I am her brother, but she listens when I tell her to do something and we are best friends.

Since a couple of weeks, I am less at home. I’m going back to school while having a full-time job.
This causes me to only sleep at home for 2 nights every week.
Since last week, my mom told me that she is having nightmares.
As I am her best friend, she came to me last night, while silently crying, saying she had a nightmare about skeletons and mummies.
I know this is absurd, but I also know that a kid’s imagination is far more powerful than mine.
That’s why I tried to listen to what happened in her dream, I asked why she was afraid of them, and if there was anything I could do for her.

After she stopped crying, I said that she was getting cold (my window is open when I’m working late). I asked her if she wanted to go to bed again, and refilled her water bottle.
I stayed with her until she fell asleep, and then went on to my room again to work some more.

My question is: did I handle this correctly? This is the first time she actually came to me in the night. I am not sure if there is more to the story than her just having a bad dream?

How to handle my 8-year-old sister’s nightmares?

I am not a parent myself, but I have been responsible for a big part in the rising of my sister.
We have an age gap of 13 years, which creates a fun but complicated relationship between us.
She knows that I am not her dad, and that I am her brother, but she listens when I tell her to do something and we are best friends.

Since a couple of weeks, I am less at home. I’m going back to school while having a full-time job.
This causes me to only sleep at home for 2 nights every week.
Since last week, my mom told me that she is having nightmares.
As I am her best friend, she came to me last night, while silently crying, saying she had a nightmare about skeletons and mummies.
I know this is absurd, but I also know that a kid’s imagination is far more powerful than mine.
That’s why I tried to listen to what happened in her dream, I asked why she was afraid of them, and if there was anything I could do for her.

After she stopped crying, I said that she was getting cold (my window is open when I’m working late). I asked her if she wanted to go to bed again, and refilled her water bottle.
I stayed with her until she fell asleep, and then went on to my room again to work some more.

My question is: did I handle this correctly? This is the first time she actually came to me in the night. I am not sure if there is more to the story than her just having a bad dream?

Is there a link between digestion and nightmares?

A common belief is that eating too much before going to sleep can cause to have nightmares. In fact, I often experience it: I systematically have nightmares after eating too much in the evening.

Then I was wondering: is there really a link between digestive system’s activity and unconscious brain’s activity?

If it actually exists,
– is the influence linked to the neurons we have in out gut?
– or is it linked to the augmentation of the concentration of a nutrient in our bloodstream (which can then reach our brain and)?
– or is the neuronal activity which control digestion that interferes with the process of dreaming?

If the influence is linked to the augmentation of the concentration of a nutrient in our bloodstream, does this mean what we eat actually controls our mood or level of anxiety, or any subconscious process? (regardless of compounds known for having a particular effect, like theobromine, etc…)

How to handle my 8-year-old sister’s nightmares?

I am not a parent myself, but I have been responsible for a big part in the rising of my sister.
We have an age gap of 13 years, which creates a fun but complicated relationship between us.
She knows that I am not her dad, and that I am her brother, but she listens when I tell her to do something and we are best friends.

Since a couple of weeks, I am less at home. I’m going back to school while having a full-time job.
This causes me to only sleep at home for 2 nights every week.
Since last week, my mom told me that she is having nightmares.
As I am her best friend, she came to me last night, while silently crying, saying she had a nightmare about skeletons and mummies.
I know this is absurd, but I also know that a kid’s imagination is far more powerful than mine.
That’s why I tried to listen to what happened in her dream, I asked why she was afraid of them, and if there was anything I could do for her.

After she stopped crying, I said that she was getting cold (my window is open when I’m working late). I asked her if she wanted to go to bed again, and refilled her water bottle.
I stayed with her until she fell asleep, and then went on to my room again to work some more.

My question is: did I handle this correctly? This is the first time she actually came to me in the night. I am not sure if there is more to the story than her just having a bad dream?

How to handle nightmares from a 8yo

I am not a parent myself, but I have been responsible for a big part in the rising of my sister.
We have an age gap of 13 years, which creates a fun but complicated relationship between us.
She knows that I am not her dad, and that I am her brother, but she listens when I tell her to do something and we are best friends.

Since a couple of weeks, I am less at home. I’m going back to school while having a full-time job.
This causes me to only sleep at home for 2 nights every week.
Since last week, my mom told me that she is having nightmares.
As I am her best friend, she came to me last night, while silently crying, saying she had a nightmare about skelletons and mummies.
I know this is absurd, but I also know that a kids imagination is far more powerfull than mine.
Thats why I tried to listen to what happened in her dream, I asked why she was afraid of them, and if there was anything I could do for her.

After she stopped crying, I say that she was getting cold (my window is open when I’m working late). I asked her if she wanted to go to bed again, and refilled her water bottle.
I stayed with her untill she fell asleep, and then went on to my room again to work some more.

My question is: did I handle this correctly? This is the first time she actually came to me in the night. I am not sure if there is more to the story than her just having a bad dream?