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What does my weird dream mean? Is having strange dreams a type of sleep disorder?

What does my weird dream mean?  Is having strange dreams a type of sleep disorder?

Dreams: There is no scientifc validity to theories of dream interpretation and much of Hobson and Stickgold's reasearch has disproven Freudian dream interpretation. Dream work occurs a a cellular level and the most important thing to remember is that we want to peacefully sleep through them. See provider info and book. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Difficulty Getting Back To Sleep (Definition)

Sleeping difficulty can involve difficulty falling asleep when you first go to bed at night, waking up too early in the morning, or waking up often during the night. It can also involve combinations of these patterns. Most newborns wake several times during the night, but by the age of 6 months they usually sleep through the night. At age 1, babies will sleep an average of 16 out of every 24 hours. Two to three hours of this sleep will ...Read more


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Does having dreams in sleep mean you had good sleep?

Does having dreams in sleep mean you had good sleep?

Not always: Good sleep requires a variety "stages", seen on EEG; during one, we dream, tho we might forget by morning. Bad sleep disrupted by pain, drugs, snoring, etc. is "non-restorative", but could still dream. Antihistamines (diphenhydramine) or alcohol, though causing grogginess, intereferes w/ sleep cycles = bad sleep. Problems? See provider for better medication, sleep study. See sleep specialist. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor could address my sleep / dream disorder?

What kind of doctor could address my sleep / dream disorder?

Sleep doctor: Pulmonologists (lung doctors) with subspecialty training in sleep disorders can help you. Perhaps you can find one here on HealthTap. As far as your dreams, a psychologist may be able to help you with those. ...Read more

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Do I have a sleeping disorder if I never have dreams?

Do I have a sleeping disorder if I never have dreams?

Probably not: You have dreams like everyone else--you just don't remember them. Not everyone remembers their dreams. Nothing to be concerned about. ...Read more

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Is there amy drugs which could give vivid dreams ? Already tried all means of sleep hygiene ?

Is there amy drugs which could give vivid dreams ? Already tried all means of sleep hygiene ?

Not designed for it: Currently there is no legal medicine that is designed to induce vivid dreams but some do have such side effects--the relatively new and famous is chantix--a medication to help people stop smoking. The dreams are quite vivid and can actually be frightening, but not all folks taking it experience such dreams. Have good and pleasant dreams, not scary ones. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in a dream and I'm not really awake, I'm just dreaming that I'm having sleep paralysis, what does that mean?

Can you tell me in a dream and I'm not really awake, I'm just dreaming that I'm having sleep paralysis, what does that mean?

Huh?: Sorry, but you're speaking in a WORD SALAD so that's not my language. Do you suffer from sleep paralysis because there's no dream state in that condition. You are clearly awake, present, and accounted for but your body doesn't move. ...Read more

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For the past 4 or 5 nights I've been able to recall up to 7 dreams vividly from each night? What does this mean? Am I sleeping better with more REM?

For the past 4 or 5 nights I've been able to recall up to 7 dreams vividly from each night? What does this mean? Am I sleeping better with more REM?

Normal: There isn't much to read into this. With more vivid dreams it's easier to recall them. And the more you dream and think about dreaming the more likely you are to recall them. It shouldn't reflect on whether it's more REM or deep sleep. ...Read more

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I think I am experiencing sleep paralysis while I am dreaming of overdosing(description). Is this a sign of bipolar disorder?

I think I am experiencing sleep paralysis while I am dreaming of overdosing(description). Is this a sign of bipolar disorder?

? Sleep Paralysis?: Although sleep disorders can co-occur w bipolar disorder, sleep paralysis isn't a diagnostic criteria for bipolar. If you are concerned that you have sxs consistent w bipolar disorder - please seek diagnostic assessment w a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. If the sleep experience isn't a 1time incident than talk with your doctor about a sleep medicine consult. A sleep study is diagnostic. ...Read more

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I'm sure that I have some type of STD that causes clear penile discharge but why is the discharge also clear when I have an erotic dream during sleep?

I'm sure that I have some type of STD that causes clear penile discharge but why is the discharge also clear when I have an erotic dream during sleep?

Get tested : If you have a penile discharge and think that you have a sexually transmitted disease please seek treatment and get tested. At night it sounds like you are describing a "wet dream" or nocturnal emissions which is a normal physiologic response in adolescence ...Read more

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I stay up for 48 hours then sleep over 12 hours what type of sleep disorder is this?

I stay up for 48 hours then sleep over 12 hours what type of sleep disorder is this?

More info needed: Why do you do this? Are you simply not tired until 48 hours goes by? Have you tried a warm shower, soft lights, soft music, a darkened room? A regular work or school schedule? Mellitonin may be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Christopher Wilson
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Trouble Staying Asleep (Definition)

Regarding babies, if a baby awakens in the night for feeding, one should not turn on bright lights. Keep the room dark and quiet. Use night lights, if needed. Keep the feeding as brief and low-key as possible. Do not entertain the baby. When the baby has been fed, burped, and calmed, return him to bed. With this routine, the baby will become used to it and go to sleep on ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Decreased Sleep (Definition)

Sleep disorders involve any difficulties related to sleeping, including difficulty falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at inappropriate times, excessive total sleep time, or abnormal ...Read more