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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.?

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.?

Sleep: It kinda sounds like you have sleep paralysis, where you feel you can't move due to a dream like state that you are aware of. I would start with your family physician and see if he/she recommends a sleep study. ...Read more

Nightmares (Definition)

Also known as "dream anxiety disorder," this is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent nightmares. The nightmares, which often portray the individual in a situation that jeopardizes their life or personal safety, usually occur during the ...Read more


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Why do I have nightmares whenever I sleep on my back, and how can I change that?

Why do I have nightmares whenever I sleep on my back, and how can I change that?

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

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Nightmares when I sleep on my back?

Nightmares when I sleep on my back?

Try your side?: I have no explaination for this and have never heard of it. Sorry. Can you try not sleeping on your back? I know this is an obvious response to your comment. You might try some melatonin. ...Read more

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Nightmares when I sleep on my back. I know im asleep and try to shout out but I can't.i have to really try to wake myself up. Only when on back?

Need sleep study: Recommend you consider consulting a sleep specialist. You may be experiencing a phenomenon called sleep paralysis. There are a number of possible reasons for this symptom and s sleep expert can sort it out for you. ...Read more

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When I sleep on my back I have nightmares why?

When I sleep on my back I have nightmares why?

Dunno: I thought maybe low oxygen levels (as in sleep apnea) induced by sleeping on back, but several experiments say no, also no general association of nightmare and back sleeping. Side sleeping is supposed to be more comforting...or perhaps you just remember more in one position? ...Read more

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I tend to sleep on one side and I get fine lines, creasing and eye bags under one eye I can't sleep on my back I get nightmares any suggestions im 31?

I tend to sleep on one side and I get fine lines, creasing and eye bags under one eye I can't sleep on my back I get nightmares any suggestions im 31?

Citalopram effects: Thank you for informing about Depression, Anxiety, Citalopram, Sertraline.
Side effects of both Citalopram and Sertraline can be Insomnia and abnormal dreams.
Nightmares also can be due to recent stressor or past unresolved conflicts.
Discuss with Psychiatrist:
• Diagnosis of Anxiety, Depression, insomnia
• Side effects of Citalopram and Sertraline
• Decrease dose
• Therapy for stresses ...Read more

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Do u have nightmares when u sleep on your back. If so why?

Do u have nightmares when u sleep on your back. If so why?

Sleeping on back: Should not cause nightmares per se. If assuming a posture in bed causes vertigo, pain or difficulty breathing the symptoms my become " incorporated" into a dream, there by modifying the dream to take on content to account for the somatic symptoms. For example, you might dream you are on a roller coaster or in a space capsule if you have benign positional vertigo ...Read more

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Ever since I got reaped I can't get the flash backs out of my head and it happened 3 years ago and I have problems sleeping. And have nightmares?

PTSD: You are describing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The hallmarks of this condition are flashbacks, nightmares, and avoidance behavior. Prazosin is a recommended to control the sympathetic nervous system for nighttime symptoms. Ssri's and cognitive behavioral thrapy are useful. Few doctors try prazosin, but it is recommended. ...Read more

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Nightmares when falling asleep on back. It's where I know im asleep and try to shout out but can't wake myself, why does this happen when on my back?

Nightmares when falling asleep on back. It's where I know im asleep and try to shout out but can't wake myself, why does this happen when on my back?

Sleep apnea?: I wonder if you might have sleep apnea. Many people begin to lose oxygen when they fall asleep on their backs because, as they begin to relax, their tongue falls backward and closes off their airway, leading to suffocation. If your nightmares are about suffocating or drowning I would consider that this might be happening to you. Many people need to sleep on their sides just for this reason. ...Read more

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Why do I have nightmares everytime I go to sleep?

Why do I have nightmares everytime I go to sleep?

2nd answer: Nightmares may result from various meds, medical & psychiatric illnesses in addition to stress & worry. Daily living habits may contribute, such as a late night snack, certain foods, sleep deprivation (which may be caused by nightmares). If unable to identify specific cause then general measures noted in my first answer apply. If you rewrite dreams upon awakening you can train your brain to do it. ...Read more

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What causes nightmares when I sleep at night, but not during the day?

What causes nightmares when I sleep at night, but not during the day?

Likely due to time: I'd guess that you sleep longer at night and achieve different sleep stages at night than you do during the day. ...Read more

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Why do I have nightmares every time I go to sleep? They are to the point where I feel mentally disturbed and unable to function when I wake up.

Why do I have nightmares every time I go to sleep? They are to the point where I feel mentally disturbed and unable to function when I wake up.

Troubling: Can't tell you the reason without a thorough understanding of the context and any other symptoms. Recommend medical or psychiatric evaluation to explore further. Take care. ...Read more

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For the last two weeks I've been having trouble going to sleep and when i finally do I have nightmares. How do I get over this?

For the last two weeks I've been having trouble going to sleep and when i finally do I have nightmares. How do I get over this?

Nightmares: Insomnia and nightmares can result from many things, including recent trauma or loss. If you consciously know this has happened with you, you can talk about it with trusted others. This may help. Also, you can see a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other mental health therapist to discuss your nightmares and trouble sleeping -- even if you don't "know" what is causing them. Help is available. ...Read more

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Do some sleep medicines cause nightmares?

Do some sleep medicines cause nightmares?

Possibly: The following sleep medications have been reported to cause nightmares and/or vivid dreaming: restoril, halcion, ambien, lunesta (eszopiclone). Other prescription medications may also cause nightmares. ...Read more

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At what sleep stage do you experience nightmares?

At what sleep stage do you experience nightmares?

Light sleep: There are several sleep states varying from the light state where you will awake immediately if you hear a noise to so deep it would take great effort for someone to wake you. Nightmares & dreams generally occur in the lightest sleep states, often in the early morning hours. Sleep walking or a process known as night terrors in kids, occur in very deep sleep states, what many call core sleep. ...Read more

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Why do I keep having nightmares and unrestful sleep?

Why do I keep having nightmares and unrestful sleep?

Many possibilities: This can be caused by both physical and/or mental issues. There are treatments for this. Talk to your doctor or to a mental health professional. ...Read more

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I'm scared to sleep due to frequent nightmares. What can I take for this?

I'm scared to sleep due to frequent nightmares. What can I take for this?

I would encourage : You to be medically evaluated for this. Although there are many excellent medications for sleep, prazosin is a medication which is used off label to help nightmares and insomnia. It can be very effective. ...Read more

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I've been having nightmares recently, please help, I'm too scared to sleep?

I've been having nightmares recently, please help, I'm too scared to sleep?

Nightmares: Nightmares can come from a wide variety of sources, but are extremely common after traumatic experiences. Are you talking with anyone about your nightmares -- like a psychologist or psychiatrist? If your nightmares are so frequent you're afraid to sleep, it's time to see someone about them. In some cases, medications can help -- in others certain forms of psychotherapy are better. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I keep having horrific nightmares, losing a lot of sleep, help anything I should do?

See a psychiatrist: I would recommend that you start off by seeing a psychiatrist. Prazosin isa medication that can often suppresses nightmares. If you are unsuccessful there however then I would proceed to seeing a sleep specialist to rule out sleep apnea and other sleep related causes of dream anxiety disorder or nightmare disorder. ...Read more

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I am always too scared to sleep anymore because of these nightmares. What should I do?

I am always too scared to sleep anymore because of these nightmares. What should I do?

See a psychiatrist: If nightmares are interfering with your sleep to this extent, you need to be evaluated by a psychiatrist and/or sleep specialist. There are medications that can quickly decrease the frequency and intensity of nightmares, but you need to work with a psychiatrist or sleep specialist to decide which ones could work for you. ...Read more

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Receiving much sleep nowadays, as I am having reaccuring nightmares. What's wrong with me?

Receiving much sleep nowadays, as I am having reaccuring nightmares. What's wrong with me?

Seek a professional: Good restful sleep is critical for good health. Nightmares are a way that your brain is telling you that there is a serious problem that you need to address. Talk to a close friend and see if you can work it out with them. If not consider speaking with a professional counselor or psychologist. ...Read more

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I'm getting practically no sleep and constant nightmares. Don't know the cause. What should I do?

I'm getting practically no sleep and constant nightmares. Don't know the cause. What should I do?

Please seek medical: Help. A sleep specialist evaluation may be necessary with a sleep study. Psychiatrists also often evaluate sleep problems. ...Read more

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My 5y/o has suddenly been experiencing nightmares. No major life changes & it's interfering with sleep 3-4 x's/week. Any suggestions on how to help?

Child's nightmares: Children may have nightmares for many reasons, eg, stress they can't verbalize, changes in routine. If nightmares persist, speak to pediatrician or a trained child mental health professional for an evaluation. See: https://secure02.kidshealth.org/parent/growth/sleep/nightmare.html# I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am literally having nightmares for almost every sleep I get. It became frequent last year. But now it is just so pronounced. What do I do? Pls help

I am literally having nightmares for almost every sleep I get. It became frequent last year. But now it is just so pronounced. What do I do? Pls help

Get help.: What other symptoms do you have? Nightmares often occur when you are under a lot of stress or depressed or anxious. Many medications cause insomnia, especially psychiatric meds like antidepressants. See your md, please. ...Read more

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Why is tht wen my husband is not in bed wit me I get really bad nightmares? Now im scared to sleep alone cause I feel lik im goin 2 have a nightmare!

Why is tht wen my husband is not in bed wit me I get really bad nightmares? Now im scared to sleep alone cause I feel lik im goin 2 have a nightmare!

It depends: Is this a new problem, one you've had for a while, or one you overcame in the past but has come back? Either way, I can see why this disturbs you. Getting enough sleep? Feeling rested? Facing situations that seem "over your head"? Feeling sadness, or physical symptoms like stomach problems, tiredness, headaches. Please see a trusted medical provider SOON, who can help get you back on track. ...Read more

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I've been waking up really early at night from 3 to 6am. I sleep at 12 so idk why im waking up a few hours later. Also, I've been having nightmares. Help?

I've been waking up really early at night from 3 to 6am. I sleep at 12 so idk why im waking up a few hours later. Also, I've been having nightmares. Help?

Depressed or Anxious: Are you feeling depressed or anxious? Have you had any traumatic experience recently or increased stress? Are you exercising, drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages later in the evening? Are you watching tv or working online or with your cell phone right before sleep?
How is your appetite? Energy level? Any fun activities with friends? Work or school performance? Any thoughts of suicide? ...Read more

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I scream in my sleep but no nightmares, what to do?

I scream in my sleep but no nightmares, what to do?

Screaming in sleep: Some screaming and loud talking in sleep can be a Stage 4 parasomnia. If it has been happening a lot or over a prolonged period, I recommend seeing a Psychologist or Physician with Sleep Disorder expertise. Screaming can also be part of a dream even though you may not remember content. Also, see additional information from this provider. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I scream in my sleep but no nightmares?

What do you advise if I scream in my sleep but no nightmares?

See your primary : Physician for physical & neurological exams & a review of all the medications you take. Your parasomnia, a disruptive sleep disorder, may be REM Behavior Disorder, which can be managed with medications. For your safety & your family's need for consolidated sleep, have an overnight sleep study to diagnose which parasomnia you have & if you have co-existing sleep apnea. ...Read more

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