Nightmares

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  1. czechrboard tassia

    czechrboard tassia Likes gay people.

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    I've been having nightmares more-or-less every night for at least the past several months, and pretty much every night wake up at least once. Always based in realism and never about monsters etc.

    It's not sleep paralysis, thank god, and it's more of a scary annoyance than anything else, but I don't want this to escalate into something more problematic. (Plus Tay is getting tired of me waking him up in the middle of the night several times a week).

    A quick sweep of WebMD/etc and I've ruled out the common causes (sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, depression, PTSD, medication-related, drug-related), and I generally get 7 hours sleep so deprivation shouldn't be an issue... so I'm kind of at a loss here.

    I'm going to work on some lucid dreaming techniques and see if I can fix this before consulting a doc.

    Anyone else experience regular nightmares or want to chime in?
  2. Bear

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    Don't eat before u go to sleep. Sounds like a myth but I usually have the creepiest dreams when I eat something large the night before going to sleep.
  3. Commissar Smersh

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    Have you been taking any new medication in the past few months? Even something as simple as an antihistamine?

    Also, I really think you should go talk to someone and not rule out depression right off the bat. It manifests itself in weird ways sometimes, even if we don't outwardly "feel depressed".

    E: Oh and start writing them down, both to help you track what's going on and because you're a film-maker and it could lead to some awesome story ideas.
  4. MSP

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    Stress in your waking hours absolutely can contribute. Plus 7 hours of sleep per night is not enough. Drinking alcohol can make your sleep restless, as can some sinus medicines...

    All that said, I regularly have nightmares and have the recurring dreams every night and have for years. Here are the common elements, every night, without fail:

    1) In my dream I'm traveling. By car, by boat, by plane.
    2) There is water everywhere. Hotel fountains, oceans, rivers, pools, ponds, cenotes, etc.
    3) I'm generally swimming and wading through the water, exploring, searching.
    4) I'm staying in a hotel or resort. Here too I'm exploring and searching, lots of elevator play, hidden passages, abandoned areas.
    5) And generally I'm late for something, have missed a flight, checked out of my hotel too early, missing reservations, etc.


    Honestly, I've had variations of that dream for almost 10 years. :paranoid:
  5. mistawiskas

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    MSP sounds like he's on a regular vacation in his bad dreams
    :wink:
    he also took the words right outa my mouth: "stress".
    Have you inventoried all things that worry you? Even if they only bring an outward feeling of uneasyness. They may be forcing the brain to defrag itself of the data that is taking up needed space and energy. Sleep time is the time the body repairs itself, including the brain. I'm back to not dreaming at all and getting only 5-7 hours of sleep a night. I had to stop taking several needed medications that made it posible to sleep and not climb towers with a sniper rifle in tow. They were't working except for the sleep part and my industry revised insurance policy wasn't paying squat towards them. if I had my choice between not enough sleep or too much sleep, I'll choose the first one.
  6. czechrboard tassia

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    No new meds, and the only one I'm taking (bc) I've been on for almost 5 years.

    I'm going to be early enough to warrant 8+ hours, but the middle of the night waking cuts that down to around 7.

    I try not to eat within 2 hours of bedtime.

    @Commisar Smersh- with the depression aspect of it, I'll use that as a last resort. Besides the sleep problems I'm arguably the happiest I've ever been and living life in a way I'm ultra content with. Tay told me to start keeping a dream journal too... I'm gonna start doing it, but right now I could tell you pretty much every bad dream I've had in the last month or so. Haha about the films... they would be the most depressing movies ever, nothing but rape, murder, and psychological torment... sounds like a real romcom! lol

    @MSP I'm working really hard to make my life less stressed. Stopped working 16 hours a day, mostly stopped using the computer in the evenings and right before bed. I'd say my stress level is pretty normal compared to most people in my age bracket.

    Common themes in my dreams: rape/threat of rape, physical harm/threat of, pepper spray that doesn't work, suddenly finding myself alone, everyone in a conspiracy against me (shutter island style)

    After looking at the common themes though...you guys remember my subway groping/muffin man incident about a year ago? I had a little subway/solo travel anxiety after that, but thought it had gone away. Honestly I'd feel really silly if that's what this is all stemming from. Only thing I can point to though.
  7. theartofbone

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    Having nightmares is normal but at such frecuency (every day, for months) could be worrysome, although there are ways to put an end to them.

    The normal thing is to start dreaming 90 minutes after you go to sleep. If you find that you're dreaming 30-45 minutes after sleeping, it could be depression, especially if it's been going on over 2 weeks, in your case months. Other signs are constant worry, loss of interest in things that used to interest you, appetite loss, social withdrawl, etc.

    If this happens to you often and the symptoms stop, yet months or weeks later you get it again, it could be something similar to depression called Cyclothymia or even Dysthymia. All of these things are treatable with behavioral therapy or simple drugs or a combination of both.

    But in your case, shoot. I would kill to dream something everynight, and of nightmares? Even better. Maybe I'm a masochist but I really enjoy dreams of all sorts.

    Another thing to consider is external substances, i.e recreational/social drugs of any sort (weed, alcohol, opiates, amphetamines) etc will give you lucid and at times scary. Some prescribed drugs will alter your dreaming habits as well.

    Just try not to worry too much, remember you're not the first nor last person to get such things happening to them, and even if you were, these things are treatable.

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  8. Torx

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    has it been hot in your room? or are you waking up in a light sweat or just hot in general?

    cool down the room, wash your covers and sheets, get that cool dryness in the bed, relax and dont drink any caffeine before going to sleep
  9. czechrboard tassia

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    sometimes its hot, sometimes its freezing. occasionally i'll be sweaty, it's usually either no sweat or drenched.
  10. MSP

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    To me it sounds like your nightmares are directly related to your subway incident. Did you ever consider seeking counseling? Lord Kain, the Tweak horde summons you!

    :readthethread:
  11. Commissar Smersh

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    Great minds. ;)

    And don't knock it, how many Saw movies have there been?

    I think I'm going to second MSP, it sounds like stress. Seems like you've got some anxiety about not being in control which is pretty normal for someone who just stopped going to school full time. Take up a new age religion and/or do more yoga. :p

    E: Not necessarily seconding MSP about the subway incident, damn fast posters!
  12. Lord Kain

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    hehe give me a break, I'm in another town to see family :)

    Anyways...indeed MSP, there's obvious pointers that the nightmares could have a psychological source. However, it's more responsible to rule out 1st medical conditions.

    One reason because I didn't jump in the fray is that Tass talked only about medical (physical) related sources of problem. And advice you don't want (psy) isn't well received usually.

    But well, she's on enough stress, as it seems, to get some nightime goodness :)
  13. tweakmonkey

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    I'll have nightmares like clockwork when I'm too warm in bed. I used a heated electric blanket all winter and anytime it was over "3" out of 10, I'd wake up halfway through the night and have especially vivid /realistic bad dreams.
  14. MSP

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    By who, me? I certainly didn't think I had been anti-psychology. :-k
  15. czechrboard tassia

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    Lol I'm up for any sort of advice. I found some information on "lucid dreaming" that seems promising. I'm going to give that a try I think.
  16. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    Maybe you're just having an Alice in Wonderland moment.
  17. Torx

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    fever dreams for the lose
  18. Lord Kain

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    Not by you MSP... I just meant she didn't ask and seem to concentrate on physuical causes :)
  19. mistawiskas

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    I've learned to live with a recurring dream theme I have had for decades. It's all about huge waves at the seaside. Unstoppable (not neccessarily tsunami) waves and the resulting water inundation. something like that I can deal with. Now powerlessness at the hands of another person, is something I'd have to do something about or else risk a brand of hypervigilence that would be on a felonious level. Natural forces creating calamity are one thing, but haman shenanigans are psychosis fodder.