I have been waking up at different times throughout a nights sleep from vivid dreams. Before I just was sleeping with not many dreams if any at all on Klonopin and lamotrigene. What gives?
Latuda is putting you in a deeper sleep. We dream in REM sleep which is a deeper sleep so you are getting a better/deeper sleep with the Latuda. Many drugs that sedate and/or change brain chemistry can cause more vivid dreams. Also, if you wake abruptly from REM, you will remember your dreams. People always dream, it is just whether or not you remember them. If you come out of sleep more slowly, you often do not remember your dreams but waking abruptly from REM helps you remember them better. You will probably have less vivid dreaming as your body becomes used to the medication.
I am also having vivid, emotional dreams. I am normally a dreamer, but now my dreams are generally tied to my past, but genuinely depict a new narrative. I often wake up not just agitated and with a rapid heartbeat, but thoroughly angry. The violent nature of my dreams is troubling, the panic generated from the aggression is real, even though none of the events of my dreams are.
So far: I’ve dreamt my car got stolen and was frantic even after waking, walking outside and physically touching it to know it wasn’t stolen. I dreamt that I reunited with an ex and she went right back to cheating on me with a dear friend this time... which has hurt my ability to feel connected to anyone. I dreamt that my brother continued a lifestyle of imbalance in respect, that went so far as to burn down my studio (I’m a painter and a potter)... so I made him swallow golf balls until he was bloated and kicked him in the stomach until he died...
There are more, but I’ve only been on the medication at this dose for three weeks, and I have multiple vivid dreams each and every night.
As you can see, there are some concerning features in the dreams and they are effecting my life. The ethereal is effecting the real, and I already have a tentative grasp on the real, which I assume is one of the reasons I’m on this stuff* to begin with.
I don’t like waking up in a panic. It’s scarier now that I’m starting a new relationship because she will eventually see me like this. She beats all of my disconnections, all of my paranoia, she gives me hope, (which I’m sure you don’t care about, but I’m trying to scope this fear to you in a way you can understand rationally and empathize with.) She is rare, and I don’t want to lose her over my crazy dreams that make me MORE paranoid and angry. I don’t want to accidentally hurt her in my newly waking confusion.
Legitimately, I do see where in my life this drug is helpful. I’m starting my own business, somehow I’m generally happier throughout the day... but this stuff is wearing me out.
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