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Vivid Dream Nightmare
Elavil (amitriptyline): Not likely, but depends on the dose. ...Read more
You don't give much: Many things can cause vivid dreams &a nightmares. Recently, among the more common causes are medications. Read the warnings for side effects of any prescriptions being used to see if that is a known side effect. Other reasons might also be from things being ingested in some way. Hard to be more specific. Good luck! ...Read more
Not common: But is listed among side effects. Painful conditions can interfere with REM sleep, and it may be the underlying pain, rather than the medications, that is causing this. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist. Or it may be another medication like Chantix, which routinely does this. ...Read more
Xanax (alprazolam): Not common, but yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
I get bizarre, unexplainable abstract dreams that are very vivid and tiring me out, I never feel rested. They're not nightmares. Would Prazosin help?
Be careful: Self-diagnosis can be risky, but self-prescribing even more so. Find yourself a psychologist to do a real neuro-psych eval on the area of your vivid dreaming and include the anxiety and your other conditions - this may lead to further evaluations and treatment recommendations ad tat could include a drug like Prazosin. It is for hypertension - so your safety regarding that is crucial. Best! ...Read more
Why does melatonin give me vivid nightmares? How does it work? Are there other supplements that produce vivid dreams?
I have bad dreams once in awhile and tend to wake up stiff, achy and exhausted after a nightmare or particularly vivid dream. Why is that?
Once a week or more?: Hi, how often is "once in awhile? " Occasional nightmares, though disruptive, are are not unusual. As to why, multiple things can trigger bad dreams, stress, alcohol, medications, and sleep disorders. Won't hurt to check in with your MD to see if you have other symptoms that warrant a sleep study. Therapy (e.g., rescripting) and/or medications can be helpful if the problem persists. Best wishes ...Read more
Can nightmares hurt my unborn baby? I have been experiencing very vivid dreams that cause my anxiety and blood pressure to go up.
Nightmares will NOT hurt your baby!! (BTW the reverse may be more common eg: fear of harming your baby--giving nightmares. Discuss your SLEEP HYGIENE with your Primary Care Provider! See what the reason for your vivid dreams may be...ask your OB-GYN if he/she has a suggestion BUT STOP WORRYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hope this helps.....Good Luck
Dr Z ...Read more
When I fall asleep early I have vivid nightmares within a few mins of falling asleep, awake in panic. What is causing dreams so early in sleep cycle?
While most dreams: Occur in REM sleep, dreams may occur any time in the cycle. Stress, medications, substances, alcohol, foods, etc. May increase likelihood. Stress reduction and anxiety management measures may help. Use fantasy to rewrite your dreams and train your brain to be calm. If you experience distress and impairment despite all measures consider an evaluation and therapy. Best regards for relief. ...Read more
Not Normal, Possible: I would not say it is "normal" but vivid dreams are a possible side effect of prescription doses of nicotine. If these are tolerable, then it may be worthwhile to using the patches to see if things change over time. If they are bothersome or frustrating, then you will want to contact your physician to discuss stopping the patches to see if they go away. ...Read more
I started having bad dreams after I used Saphris (asenapine) once. Does it ever get better? I don't want to have vivid weird bad dreams. Am also on geodon 80 mg
Very similar: The 2 drugs you are on have near identical mechanism of action. I am not sure that I would prescribe both drugs at the same time to one patient. Bad dreams can be a side effect of either one and the dreams in themselves are not dangerous. However, since this is unusual for you I would discuss with the prescribing doctor about getting off one. Fear serotonin syndrome in future. ...Read more
Changed sleep-cycle: A variety of medications change sleep patterns, which go through various stages through the night. Disruptions in that pattern can lead to a range of problems including must less "restful" sleep as well as nightmares, sleep walking, and other atypical behaviors. Sometimes changing the dose or timing of when you take the medicataion can help. Speak with your doctor about a possible change. ...Read more
Why do basic yoga asanas cause me to have the most vivid and terrifying nightmares I have ever had in my life?
Yoga & dreaming: Yoga allows you to access aspects of your physical experience that you might have ignored up until now -- and with it, possibly triggering sensations that are associated with fearful responses. Other possibilities that your yoga teacher may describe for you, are the idea of energetic awakening, called "kundalini" energy. This can be frightening for some people -- has been for some of my patients. ...Read more
I dream that my gf gets hit with a car or something. I keep having nightmares about it. Why won't this stop?
Nightmare disorder: Please see a psychiatrist who also specializes in sleep disorders if you can. It sounds like you have a nightmare disorder but you could haveptsd. Treatment is usually prazosin to stop the nightmares. If you have post traumatic stress disorder the psychiatrist will also recommends psychotherapy. Most people with pure nightmare disorder do not require psychotherapy. ...Read more
If you have regular very vivid nightmares, would it cause stress to the baby at 21weeks? What problems could they cause?
How is it possible that the side effects of certain medications is nightmares/unusal dreams? I can't understand how that's possible.
I have nightmares of my family dying and I wake up crying why do I have dreams of my family dying? What can I do to make them stop?
I understand your distress of nightmares as your family is very important to you
It is likely that traumatic experiences with unresolved feelings of worry, fear, hurt, resentment, shame, guilt and stresses of relationship with parents, siblings are causing nightmares of family dying and waking up crying.
You are a good person.
See a Psychiatrist for Therapy for Stress, Anxiety and Depression. ...Read more
Do our dreams mean anything? Sometimes I remember them but mostly I don't. Some dreams seem real and like it actually happened. Have nightmares too
Dreams: Most of us don't remember our dreams unless something biological or emotional is disrupting our sleep. If you are having many nightmares it would be good to consult with a Clinical Psychologist who could help you sort out what issues are troubling you and what to do about it. You may also be referred for medication to help you sleep restfully. ...Read more
I have nightmares of a guy getting in my bed & holding me& some I can't tell if fake or not& I can't sleep 4 days after what will make my dreams stop?
Get help: Nightmares can have many causes, eg. stress, trauma, medication, depression. Ask your pcp for referral to a mental health professional for an evaluation and guidance. Meantime, avoid scary images, etc. On the news, media. This too will pass. See: https://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003209.htm I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more
Normal but...: This is a terrifying experience that is caused by a mismatch between your awake state and your dreaming state. It does not mean there is anything seriously wrong and it can be prevented. It could, in the presence of excessive daytime sleepiness and other symptoms, be part of the illness Narcolepsy. See your doctor about it so you can be asked the questions necessary to reassure or refer. ...Read more
Yes: All antidepressants will change a person's sleep cycle, and with that change, "rem" sleep timing is also changed, as are all of the other 4 stages of sleep. It is not necessarily associated with nightmares per se, but the dreams can be vivid, and 'weird'. And, dreams occur in all 5 stages of sleep. If you are interested in taking control of your dreams, learn lucid dreaming techniques. ...Read more
I tend to enjoy my dreams. I don't even want to wake up! Unless they're nightmares. Is this common?
Unknown: Not sure if this is common, but some people do have very vivid and enjoyable dreams. As long as you can tell the difference between reality and dreaming, it's unlikely to be a problem. ...Read more