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Nightmares - I have been having a recurring nightmare for 36 yrs. It is ALWAY the same, NEVER able?
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myself. I have PTSD but it is unrelated as the nightmares started years before the "traumatic" event. As long as 4 yrs have gone by without the n/m, yet there are times I have it 2-3 times a month. I am emotionally shaken for several days afterwards.. Any ideas, theories etc would be helpful.
It sounds like you are having "night terrors". They can be quite debilitating, since you can never get a good restful sleep. It is also possible that some of your meds are causing these, or at least intensifying them. I'm assuming that these have been occurring more regularly in the past 6-8 weeks, right? You have been through quite an ordeal lately, ChelleKay, and I'm not surprised that you are not sleeping well. Have you mentioned these "dreams" to your doctor? I wonder if he would be willing to let you try a benzo to help you sleep. I take estazolam, 1mg, and sleep like a baby. Just an idea...
I'm just a PQ away if you need me, ChelleKay. Please don't hesitate to call on me.
Hey Chellekay. I agree. I think a sleep aid or benzo could help you. I know that night terrors can happen when you are over tired. If you don't get a good 8 hours and wake up several times a night it can cause you to have these dreams where you are stuck between the stages of sleep like REM and being awake. Also I believe the mind is a powerful thing. I have struggled with very vivid nightmares too. Try repeating over and over to yourself " I will not have any dreams tonight" before you go to sleep. And maybe try a sleep aid to get a more solid nights rest. I will be praying for you too.
I take it that you are still at home. I am no dream expert but I do agree with previous responses; in that whilst these night terrors pre date your ordeal it could be the cause of why they have returned now. Getting restorative sleep may well help you. I was once told by my friend’s sister that there is always something in a dream that should not be there and this lets you know that you are dreaming. I have found this to be true and have woke myself up when the dream has become unpleasant.
Take care and I hope that this issue is resolved swiftly.
Do you sleep through the night or do the dreams happen when you first go to sleep or after waking up and going back to sleep? I usually go to sleep and wake up once and go back to sleep. If often have two different dreams, some of them very strange. Wondering if it has something to do with good
REM sleep. Have you ever had a sleep study?
Hello CK, Have you ever considered keeping a journal regarding your n/m? You would have to write down what happened previous to the n/m, especially the emotional experience you had the day prior to the n/m. It is possible that some emotion triggers the n/m. Since you've had the n/m before you had PTSD I would suggest you look at events of the day before the n/m. I also think you need to discuss the content of the dream with a counselor. I have gotten the "frozen" dream, which is not really a dream but when you wake up and are paralyzed for a period of time. When I looked at when that happened, it always occurred after an especially stressful period of time. Realizing that, I was less terrified when it happened but tried to tell myself to relax in the moment that it was not a permanent thing. I felt that gave me power over being momentarily paralyzed. I haven't had that happen in 3 years. You need to take power over the n/m.
I'm sure you've been told this regarding the event causing your PTSD. As long as it has power over you, it controls you. BRuthD
Hi. You are not having night terrors. Repetitive dreams that are lucid actually do have a real message in them. The fear factor is about that inability to change. Your dream reminds you that something is not changing and your are afraid to make that change. You can change in the dream if you believe you can. You can learn meditation and visit the dream on your terms, for instance.
Remember that a bad dream doesn't mean it is a night terror as your body on the outside doesn't freeze preventing speech or movement. Masking with drugs does not help as your mind needs to find the solution. In fact you can keep it a very long time by not looking at it. I applaud your courage to know the why and wherefore of it. Just as a pill like Xanax can reduce anxiety, it cannot cure anxiety. It masks it. That is what anything else would do to your dream. That said, I would be happy to discuss this with you privately if you wish. Often the solution is quite simple. It doesn't mean something bad is to happen. It means you have an unresolved fear. Write me. Karen
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