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Why Do I Have Bad Dreams When I Sleep On My Back
Why do I have nightmares when I sleep on my back. Everytime I sleep on my back it happens sometimes I know I'm asleep and can't wake up. ?
Pain: Perhaps your brain is telling you something. Nightmares can be a reaction to painful stimuli while asleep as the brain's way of telling you to wake up. Sleeping solely on your back is not good for it and may be leading to back pain. Your back does better by sleeping on the side with the natural curvature in place. ...Read more
Depends: Maybe you bed is too hard or too soft. If it's too hard, your body weight can produce pain at the pressure points of your back because you back is not straight. This pain is even more if you are skinny and have no body fat to use as cushion. If it's too soft, your back can bend too much and pain is produced from over stretching back muscles and ligaments. ...Read more
See below: Hormonal changes. Relax more and avoid exercise during that period and more active other times. Try to sleep 10pm to 6am and adjust body clock slowly to that if you have delayed sleep phase syndrome. Balance diet. Lot of fluids at room temperature. Decrease caffeine including chocolate. Stress management. Yoga breathing exercise or pranayama. Daily bm and add more fruits veg. In diet. ...Read more
I have been feeling really down. Horrible nightmares cant sleep. I was molested when i was younger. Everything i do it stays In my mind. What do i do?
Seek Support: Please reach out to your good friends or family and seek their support and help. You should also speak to a psychologist. Just remember that being molested is not your fault. You have endured a lot and very many souls in your situation experience nightmares. There is a way out . Healing within is important so you can lead a normal life. find a group in your community that helps in these situation ...Read more
It is digesting: Your stomach is simply digesting your food. That means it's taking what you have eaten and is mixing it with acid and other fluids to break it down. Sometimes that action makes a lot of noise in your stomach and will be audible. You can be sure when that is going on that your stomach is doing exactly what it's supposed to be doing. ...Read more
I have twins.Is it ok i sleep on my back?When i sleep on my left or right side they are moving a lot but when i sleep on my back they stop moving.
Depends: If large uterus (20+ weeks, but might be earlier), back sleep can reduce blood flow/return. If don't like true side sleeping, can use a body pillow or wedge under right side (left side down) to keep about 30-45 degree angle with some benefit. Talk to your ob, look online for carrying-twins websites / blogs, as not a new problem ; different options exist. ...Read more
Get examination : If this has been going on for an extended period of time i would suggest that you get examined to find the reason. Most likely it just muscular in nature. It could be as gimle as the pillow you use or the position you sleep in. Try placing a towel wrapped around your neck, secured by a pin and se if the extra support stop your pain. If do then try getting a pillow with a neck contour for support. ...Read more
Whenever i wake up and i'm on my back why does my stomach really hurt? Hurts when i breathe in and out. What can I do?
Muscular: If you don't have abdominal discomfort the rest of the time, it appears that your abdominal muscles are stretched to the point of discomfort when you're too flat on your back and the discomfort should be relieved by changing position. Deep breaths could aggravate the discomfort. Have an exam if the symptoms worsen or become continual. ...Read more
When I lay on my BACK to go to bed, I ALWAYS have nightmares & when awake I get head aches when on my back. But when on my side I'm just fine. Help?!!
Sleep apnea?: What you are describing is consistent with positional sleep disorder possibly sleep apnea. Often sleeping on one's back can cause collapse of the airway and lead to obstruction and poor quality sleep. Morning headaches are a symptom of sleep apnea. A visit with an ENT will be helpful. In the mean time try and sleep on your side. ...Read more
What can I do to sleep on my back or side when I have lower back problems and anxiety. I have been sleeping on my belly on my bed because my lower back hurts so bad.?
Change positions: Try sleeping on your back with your knees bent and a roll under your knees and between your knees. If you roll onto your side be certain to keep that roll between your knee s and your knees still bent. If you have no contra indications you could try an Aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen prior to bed and again when you awaken. Are you stretching and watching how you lift. Not pushing or pulling or twisting? See dr. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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