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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
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
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
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
How can I keep my bad dreams from affecting my life? I can't tell what us real and what is a dream anymore.
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
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
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
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 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
-thrashing about or flailing
-being difficult to wake up
-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
Nightmares ;: Flashbacks normally reflect previous trauma and are not prophetic in nature. ...Read more
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
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
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
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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