Remedies for bad dreams - Doctor answers

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What causes bad dreams?

What causes bad dreams?

Multiple possible: There are multiple possible causes for this -- from various medications which intensify dreaming, to primary sleep disorders, to traumatic experiences being relived during sleep. Some people with ptsd have so many nightmares it's hard for them to go to sleep. If yours are bothering you frequently, please see a psychologist or psychiatrist for evaluation and help. ...Read more

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Bad Dreams (Definition)

Bad dreams is a symptom in which a person remembers dreams that are stressful to him, such as scary dreams, dreams of getting chased by attackers, dreams of suffering ...Read more


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What creates these bad dreams?

What creates these bad dreams?

Nightmares: When we dream, our unconscious is playing out our conflicts, fears, anxieties, and desires. Some feel that all the characters are parts of us, perhaps disowned aspects that make us uncomfortable in waking life. Dreams are also a relatively safe way to express strong emotion. Consulting with a psychiatrist or therapist may help you better understand yourself and the triggers for these nightmares. ...Read more

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Does mega men vitapak cause bad dreams?

Does mega men vitapak cause bad dreams?

Probably Not: Sometimes introducing something new can temporarily change the sleep cycle. Maybe if there is something in it like caffeine that alters sleep. It seems unlikely though. ...Read more

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How do you stop bad dreams from happening?

How do you stop bad dreams from happening?

Eval & treament: "bad dreams" can come from many sources, and talking with your doctor can help sort through them. Medications such as antidepressants can make dreaming more vivid -- and concerns you actually have inside can be pictured in scary ways. Also, recreational drugs and withdrawal from alcohol can induce them. Another cause is reliving traumatic experiences in sleep. Treatment and hope are possible. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do I stop having bad dreams?

Can you tell me how do I stop having bad dreams?

Ideas: So there are a lot of theories about the content of dreams. You have to figure out the difference between "bad dreams/nightmares/terrors" etc. This helps. Dream recall can be helpful and documentation of these dreams since they often recur in various modes of issue not dealt with. They tend to occur more often if you don't get adequate amount of sleep or with alcohol/medications. ...Read more

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How do I stop having such bad dreams about my death?

How do I stop having such bad dreams about my death?

Death dreams: I agree with dr. Franz that dreaming of death may signify change, rather than actual death. But I find it's more helpful for the dreamer to interpret his/her own dreams, than relying on a book. These ideas can be a starting point, but you don't want to miss your own inner wisdom! Discussing these dreams & concerns with a good therapist could help you decode them in ways more applicable to you. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a person always has bad dreams?

What does it mean when a person always has bad dreams?

Nightmares: Nightmares can be caused by physiological factors such as sleeping in uncomfortable position or having fever, or psychological reasons such as stress or anxiety. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why I keep having bad dreams?

Could use expert help with why I keep having bad dreams?

Expert help: You could see such an expert personally about your bad dreams. Doctors (like us) who've never met you can only guess about them. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals would be happy to explore this problem with you. That way you'd receive more appropriate suggestions too. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can bad dreams affect your personality after you wake up?

Yes: If you allow them too....Dreams are symbolic language and often tell us some very interesting things...write them down and look up the symbols. Then they are less scarey...like death dreams mean there is change coming...not death. Different parts of a house mean different parts of your psyche. Dreams are meant to help not harm... ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why I keep on getting bad dreams?

Could use expert help with why I keep on getting bad dreams?

Then get eval: Reasons for "bad dreams" are extremely variable. Your idea of getting "expert help" is excellent. However, getting a reliable answer will require an in-person evaluation with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other licensed mental health professional. Some bad dreams can come from medications, alcohol, or other substances; sleep disorders; traumatic experiences, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How come I used to have more serious bad dreams when I was 5?

How come I used to have more serious bad dreams when I was 5?

Normal: Many people have more frightening dreams as young children than they do as they grow up. Maybe what happens is that our brains are gradually better able to understand what is happening around us... What is really frightening and what is not. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if it means something to have bad dreams every night?

Does anyone know if it means something to have bad dreams every night?

Generally: Nightly bad dreams can mean you are troubled by something. Your unconscious is trying to help you process this through the dreams. It could help to talk with a therapist about these dreams and any concerns you have in your waking life. With this, the dreams may dissipate. ...Read more

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I am having bad dreams every single night lately, is there anything I can do for this?

Yes, but see PCP.: Depends on what causes it. Need to see a psychiatrist/sleep specialist to see if is due to a traumatic event, night mares or night terrors. It depends on what causes it, psychotherapy can help and a medicine that has been used is called prazosin. ...Read more

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Hi I have had little little bad dreams throughout the night and broken ones and cold one min and hot the other?

Get an exam: Typically cold night sweats are signs of anxiety, and having your body feel warm to the touch causing hot night sweats could signal a possible thyroid condition. Best to see a practitioner to sort it out. The dreams are either random or possibly anxiety based. If anxiety is an issue for you, talking it through may help. But get an exam as well. ...Read more

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Something happened when I was young. Having upsetting bad dreams Keep feeling like its happening again without warning when I'm awake as well.?

Something happened when I was young. Having upsetting bad dreams Keep feeling like its happening again without warning when I'm awake as well.?

Dreams: Dreams have many meanings. Find a referral to a psychoanalyst to discuss your dreams with. Working with dreams and the unconscious is all about what we psychoanalysts do. ...Read more

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Could depression be linked to bad dreams?

Nightmares are: Not uncommon in people who suffer from depression. ...Read more

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Can you have abruption from bad dreams?

Can you have abruption from bad dreams?

No - but...: Bad dreans per se cannot cause an abruption of the placenta. However, if by bad dreams you mean obstructive sleep apnea (snoring) associated with obesity and high blood pressure - then yes, these factors can lead to placental abruption! ...Read more

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Bad dreams everytime, what is the reason?

Improve sleep hygiene: We remember our dreams when we wake up or are in light sleep during dream cycles. Be sure to eat a small protein snack before be to sleep soundly and avoid all the negative habits that interfere with quality sleep such as alcohol, intense exercise or using electronics. ...Read more

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My husband is slcoholic and his dreaming bad dreams?

My husband is slcoholic and his dreaming bad dreams?

Alcohol and dreams: Alcohol can induce disturbing nightmares, even in those who aren't alcoholics. If your husband is an alcoholic, he is exacerbating his own symptoms. If he's interested in improving this situation, stopping or significantly limiting alcohol would likely help -- but alcohol withdrawal can lead to disturbing dreams and visions also. ...Read more