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A 22-year-old female asked:

Why have i been having such vivid dreams at night and feeling "electric" shocks in my brain before i fall asleep? i have been experiencing extremely vivid dreams at night. last night for example i had 5 dreams all with a clear beginning, end, detailed ch

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Let : Let me start by telling you that I am not able to tell you what your diagnosis is. I do not know if you are a man or a woman or your age. If you are a woman around menopausal age, electric shock sensations can occur by themselves or right before hot flashes. It seems to have something to do with hormone levels. I don’t know if you have recently discontinued any medications. If you abruptly stop some antidepressant medications, (paxil (paroxetine) is fairly well known for this) you could develop a discontinuation syndrome which could lead to both vivid dreams and an electric shock like sensation. Some patients with multiple sclerosis complain of shocks when they move their head. The most common time people get these shocks is when they are trying to fall asleep. This is some basic information. Your doctor knows your medical history and your medications the best. Please contact your doctor as it is easier to figure these things out when the full context is available. Good luck.
Dr. Stephen Perret
Child Psychiatry 15 years experience
Consult your doctor: There are many reasons why people's quality and quantity of sleep are affected. These can range from diet and sleep hygiene (that is your sleep health behaviors) to medications and medical conditions. If this is a persistent problem, i would consider consulting a doctor.

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