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Why do I have bad/weird dreams when I sleep on my back?

Why do I have bad/weird dreams when I sleep on my back?

Sleep: Sleeping on your back aggravates sleep related breathing disorders for example sleep apnea can increased rem sleep and disruption of rem sleep causing nightmares etc. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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When I sleeping, always coming some bad dreams...

When I sleeping, always coming some bad dreams...

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

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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.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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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

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Is it possible that my sleeping pills give me bad dreams?

Is it possible that my sleeping pills give me bad dreams?

Some do: Some of the sleep pills do have side effects like bad dreams like vivid dreams also common are sleep walk sleep talk etc too so please discuss with your doctor if u have a history of se. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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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

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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?

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?

Are you taking any: Medications? Please see your doc so he/she can help you sort this out. Possible side effects of medication. May be vivid dreaming from stress or something else. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What causes headaches, nausea, sweating while sleeping, hungry, tired, bad dreams?

What causes headaches, nausea, sweating while sleeping, hungry, tired, bad dreams?

Possible: There are a number of possibilities. I would suggest seeing a physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

Therapy will help: There are various approaches to this problem and a therapist should be able to discuss them with you.
Treatment works and you should give it a try. ...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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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 have abruption from bad dreams?

Can you have abruption from bad dreams?

No - but...: Bad dreans per se cannot cause an abruption of the placenta. However, if by bad dreams you mean obstructive sleep apnea (snoring) associated with obesity and high blood pressure - then yes, these factors can lead to placental abruption! ...Read more

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Bad dreams everytime, what is the reason?

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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My husband is slcoholic and his dreaming bad dreams?

My husband is slcoholic and his dreaming bad dreams?

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

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Can having bad dreams be a symptom of mental illness?

Can having bad dreams be a symptom of mental illness?

Evaluation needed: Bad dreams may be a symptom of a number of things, such as stress or a medical problem interfering with sleep. I recommend thorough evaluations by psychologist and md. ...Read more

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How can I stop having such bad dreams about my moms death?

Recurrent dream: Is often a conflict dream - your brain is trying to work through an issue. Often once that issue is addressed, the dream will stop. Ponder it yourself. If needed, seeing a therapist could be of help. ...Read more

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Is there a condition in which alcohol gives you bad dreams?

Is there a condition in which alcohol gives you bad dreams?

Drinking it!: Drinking alcohol can trigger nightmares. Alcohol is associated with more intense dreaming as well as better recall of dreams. Also when coming off alcohol individuals can have disrupted sleep and dream more as well. ...Read more

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Is there something I can take to prevent having bad dreams?

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

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Having bad dreams every night, and in a general bad mood, what to do?

Having bad dreams every night, and in a general bad mood, what to do?

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

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How can I keep my bad dreams from affecting my life? I can't tell what us real and what is a dream anymore.

See the doctor: You are possibly describing hallucinations and that is not a good sign. Please seek medical evaluation to figure out what is going on. Ask your partner or whoever sleeps with you to be present, they may be seeing you do certain things in your sleep or awake ...Read more

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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?

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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Is there a medical or psychological explanation for why adults sometimes have bad dreams? What are the most common causes/reasons for them?

Dreams: Are one way that we work through conflicts and work on healing. Nightmares sometimes are symbolic and are a way that we try to work through issues that may be lingering. Vivid dreams or nightmares can also occur as a side effect from some medications. ...Read more

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Is there somewhere I can read about vivid or bad dreams people have had on tasimelteon, since I am deciding whether or not I should take it?

Tasimelteon FDA link: You can go to the following link.

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/Drugs/PeripheralandCentralNervousSystemDrugsAdvisoryCommittee/UCM376700.pdf ...Read more

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Nvr had prpr slp hvng bad dreams know what's gng on in surrondngs freqnt awake even alprax.5 doesn't wrk hvng these cndtnts from v.Early age?

Nvr had prpr slp hvng bad dreams know what's gng on in surrondngs freqnt awake even alprax.5 doesn't wrk hvng these cndtnts from v.Early age?

Sleep Clinic: In many cases Alprazolam is not even close to the best approach to solve your problems. I always recommend getting help from the sleep clinic. There are also significant books on how to relearn how to sleep without pills. Good sleep hygiene and this natural approach may also help you. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has very bad dreams every night and sometimes when she wakes up she believes it so much and she's not stressed when has dreams. Help?

My girlfriend has very bad dreams every night and sometimes when she wakes up she believes it so much and she's not stressed when has dreams. Help?

Psychotherapy: Emotional difficulties that are not acknowledged in conscious waking life may be expressed through dreams. Recurring, persistent nightmares indicate a problem. It is something to explore in psychotherapy. Find an old-school psychoanalytically or psychodynamically trained doc who knows how to work with dreams. It's no longer "fashionable, " but this kind of therapy is the real deal. ...Read more

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My 4-year old has been waking up at the same time every night actually same time every morning at around 2:00 am just terrified. At first I thought it might have been bad dreams from the tv she watches which is usually hello kitty or some other age appro

My 4-year old has been waking up at the same time every night actually same time every morning at around 2:00 am just terrified. At first I thought it might have been bad dreams from the tv she watches which is usually hello kitty or some other age appro

This: This sounds a lot like night terrors.

Night terrors or sleep terrors are most commonly found in kids between the ages of 4 years to 12 years old. They can involve:
-sitting up in bed
-screaming
-thrashing about or flailing
-being difficult to wake up
-inconsolable
-sleep walking
-a wide-eyed stare
-sweating, heavy breathing, and fast heartbeat

unlike a nightmare, the children typically have no memory of the episode. The good news is that most kids grow out of it by the time they hit adolescence.

Here are a few tips to help her (and you!) cope with the current situation:

-if she's sleepwalking or getting up, make the environment safe (close doors, hide electrical cords, lock windows, etc.
-try to have her get more sleep since fatigue can make sleep terrors worse
-establish a regular, quiet, calming routine before bed
-see if anything is stressing your child out and talk about it - stress and anxiety can make sleep terrors worse
-look for a pattern - if she's getting up at the same time every night, try waking her up 15 minutes before the episode to break the pattern

if the terrors are worsening, becoming more frequent, are effecting her and your ability to function during the day, or if you think she could be a danger to herself, contact her doctor. ...Read more

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Are bad dreams & flashbacks just stress or signs of bad things to come?

Nightmares ;: Flashbacks normally reflect previous trauma and are not prophetic in nature. ...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?

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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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

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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