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Why do I have bad dreams/weird dreams when my legs are out straight no matter what position I'm in?

Why do I have bad dreams/weird dreams  when my legs are out straight no matter what position I'm in?

Improve sleeping: Improve sleeping habits. Only go th bed when sleepy. Leg position has no relation to dreams. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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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I have bad dreams every single day. Very bad dreams, about rape, dying, kidnapped, death, family danger, fire,the whole spectrum. For 2 yrs, daily :( ?

I have bad dreams every single day. Very bad dreams, about rape, dying, kidnapped, death, family danger, fire,the whole spectrum. For 2 yrs, daily :( ?

Anxiety?: DO you experience anxiety during the day? Have you experienced a trauma? What is your sleep quality like? Do you wake at night? Are you a restless sleeper? Could you be having sleep apnea? Many possibilities exist for your chronic bad dreams including physical factors related to sleep. An in person consultation would help sort these out. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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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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?

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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