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My wife wakes up frequently after having dreams. She remembers everything she saw in dreams and feels tired during day. Should I be worried?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
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In brief: Why worry?

No one knows for sure what function, if any, dreams serve.
One theory: it's the mind working on an issue or problem, often using symbolic images. Sometimes people have a string of upsetting dreams that wake them & even cause daytime tiredness. This almost always stops by itself, & there are treatments for the insomnia in the meantime. Some drugs *cause* vivid dreams; is she on any new meds?

In brief: Why worry?

No one knows for sure what function, if any, dreams serve.
One theory: it's the mind working on an issue or problem, often using symbolic images. Sometimes people have a string of upsetting dreams that wake them & even cause daytime tiredness. This almost always stops by itself, & there are treatments for the insomnia in the meantime. Some drugs *cause* vivid dreams; is she on any new meds?
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
She might consider seeing a psychotherapist to discuss this pattern — 5 months is a long time — and headaches & tiredness suggest depression, among other possibilities. If it's the same dream all the time, discussing it with a professional may make it stop. A general medical exam is a good idea too. Also, that doctor can offer sleeping pills, non-medication sleep strategies, or both.
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