I've had a problem since I was a child with extremely vivid, detailed dreams and nightmares. The dreams are so real and vivid that it can feel like days or weeks go by. They are often quite violent and dramatic, and could practically be movies. Over the years, I've been able to get to the point where I don't fear sleeping anymore, but my dreams can still be extremely emotionally and physically taxing. Every morning I wake up feeling like I've taken a beating, and with especially bad ones, I wake up crying or panicking in a sweat. When an especially impactful one comes, I try to write them down and consider them as an opportunity to look at what emotional content is rocking around in my subconscious. However, I feel like I need more guidance on how to best do that. Anyone know any good resources (books, websites, podcasts, etc) that deal with dreams? Or any advice based on personal experience on the best way to (1) deal with the emotional after-effects of bad dreams, (2) pull out the most important information from the dreams, (3) work through the emotions that get revealed in the dreams? Most of the stuff I can find online seems to focus on kind of new agey dream dictionary type stuff. I'm more looking for evidence-based approaches for dream journaling for better mental health. Thanks in advance for your help!