I tried taking valerian root before sleeping last night and conciously told myself that I was aware in my sleep. Everything went fine at first, I started having vivid dreams.and it started to turn into astral projection. But they soon turned into nightmares and suddenly I was trapped and couldnt do anything! I woke up, and tried to sleep again only to have the SAME NIGHTMARE continue. The nightmares are about my psychopathic ex-boyfriend, if that means anything. I seemed to have gotten rid of this person in my life but he?s still haunting my dreams, and that alsmost every night. And pointers would be welcome.