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Remedies For 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Why would I suddenly be having really bad dreams that involve me being murdered or almost killed? I do not watch these types of shows or movies? I
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
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
Yes, Prazosin: Prazosin is an older blood pressure medication (alpha receptor blocker) that has been found in a number of studies to be helpful for nightmares and bad dreams, especially in ptsd patients. This is an off-label use, you take it each night. Common side effects include lightheadedness/orthostasis and low energy. Usual dosing for this purpose can be 1 mg to 10 mg but some patients go much higher. ...Read more
Talk to professional: Occasional 'bad dream' r not unusual. Bad dream nightly, two weeks of 'moody', wonder if a true depression is present. Ur generalist (gp, general internist, family practitioner, nurse practioner, mphysician's assistant) would be the professional to start with. Dreams often are the mind's way of putting conscious experiences into an unconscious story. Jot them down, talk with a significant other... ...Read more
How can I keep my bad dreams from affecting my life? I can't tell what us real and what is a dream anymore.
Can eating spicy foods such as very hot salsa really cause/make you more likely to have bad dreams or is that an old wives' tale?
It is possible: Depending on when spicy foods are consumed, it is possible to affect dreams. If consumed near bedtime (in fact consuming significant portions of most foods near bedtime) can affect dreams. This effect likely stems from physiological digestive processes and the influence of spicy food on the body. These physical changes can then be interpreted and integrated into dream cycles, sometimes negatively ...Read more
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