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Why Do I Have Bad Dreams When I Sleep On My Back
Bad dreams: Dreaming is one activity which can give access to repressed memories. If you work through your dreams with a professional, you might discover fears or pains which need your attention. Post traumatic stress disorder is one condition in which nightmares and flashbacks bring back the traumatic experience. Prazosin, an Alpha blocker anti hypertensive, is extremely effective in reducing nightmares. ...Read more
Hi, Please can you help me with this problem I am having lots of bad dreams were I am shouting and lashing out in my sleep this is ruining my life.
Night terrors: There is some evidence that night terrors can result from being overtired, hence creating a bedtime schedule can help. Also, if chronic, waking you up around the time they may occur (first few hours of sleep) can also help. Medications are rarely needed, and one old remedy some still use is valium for short period of time. ...Read more
I cannot get deep sleep and wake up too often and have bad dreams and feel tired during daytime for two years, do u have suggestions?
OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea is a consideration here. If you snore, feel tired after you sleep enough hours, fall asleep easily in different situations like watching tv, or riding a car; and mostly if this started at a time when you gained some weight, you should ask your dr about a sleep study to rule out osa, and other sleep disorders. ...Read more
What to do if I have been having extremely bad dreams of my fears to the point I'm afraid ti sleep. How do I get over my fears?
Anxiety has grown to be worse over the past 3 years. & For the past week I've had difficulty sleeping and have bad dreams every night. What can I do?
Psychotherapy: If you're not already in therapy, please consider it. It's the right way to start rather than drugs. They might be added if needed for a brief time but first try management. It teaches life lessons and it's safe. Do it ASAP since it can prevent this from becoming more 'fixed'. Don't worry - it might be a good thing in general to learn anti-anxiety skills. Best! ...Read more
I stopped taking geodon (ziprasidone) because I really am not schizophrenic or other things. Once I discontinue I don't sleep and have bad dreams when I do. 2.5week?
Geodon (ziprasidone): Need to have long discussion with your prescribing doctor about what the Geodon (ziprasidone) was prescribed for, what the withdrawal effects from stopping it suddenly, how to gradually taper if it is not agreeing with u, & what other alternatives are out there to try. ...Read more
I go to sleep and have bad dreams but I see everything In the room I fell asleep in so I wake up confused not knowing if the dream was real or not?
My fiance suffers from depression. He is on four antidepressants and sleeps a lot! He seems to go into REM sleep quickly and has bad dreams often arguing, kicking or flinching. More recently, he has begun bed wetting. What should I do?
I: I am perplexed on why your fiance' is prescribed 4 antidepressants (as earlier pointed out). This is a not (to put it mildly) very common thing to do with patients for depression. If I was in your shoes, I would seek a second opinion about his depression treatment and this would be my priority. ...Read more
Possible: There are a number of possibilities. I would suggest seeing a physician for an evaluation. ...Read more
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
Something happened years ago and am now reminded of it. I haven't talked about it. I have bad dreams and get upset and tingly at sudden loud noises?
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
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
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
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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