Vivid Dreams

Does anyone else have really vivid, and often scary dreams, that you can get mixed up with reality? I get it all the time and wake up feeling exhausted because i dont feel i'm actually resting.

Posted 4 Sep 2011 at 11:01 PM
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    Earlier this year there was a trauma in my life that led to a bad bout of insomnia – not able to fall asleep, not able to stay asleep, etc. Through medication, counseling, meditation, changing my sleeping habits, and generally working through the trauma I am now able to fall asleep and awake less frequently, but there are two lingering symptoms that I still experience no matter what I try, which are night sweats and extremely lucid dreaming. Even if I sleep through the night I feel as though I haven't slept a wink since my brain has been so active. In fact my dreams are so active that I sometimes wake myself up from moving my arms and legs around – that has to be creepy to see. And I often wake up completely drenched, even if it's chilly in my room.

    Has anyone experienced this? If so, did you find anything that helped?

    (PS – I don't think it's menopause, as I'm only 32).

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    I don't think it is menopausal as I am a 40 something man with the same issues. I think it is anxiety and perhaps anti – depressants. Too many Dreams tire you out enormously and I have been told that too much worrying during the day is the cause as it an emotional release not executed during the day or previous weeks / months.

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    This only happens to me if I drink alcohol before bed or eat a huge meal before I seep.

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    Hi There

    Newbie here, I'm 30 years years old and ever since I can remember I've had vivid dreams, and a lot I remember, my first dream was sweets falling like rain with shiny rappers, I was trying to grab them all, the colour of them was yellow red blue green purple and like toffee colour, I've dreams like this ever since why I'm here cos like most here having trouble sleeping.
    Thanks for this post, :)
    Karen

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    Yes, I get those vivid (and colorful) dreams all the time. I wake up and have to take time to realize it didnt happen. Happens spcifically if I fall asleep outside of regular bed time.

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    I have these my entire life, but found that if I can explain them away right away, they fade from memory. But I've had some that I've had when I was a kid, that still remember vividly. Those are ones that I havent been able to explain away, like my uncle opening the door to my apt and dropping dead when it opened. He DID die of a heart attack 20 years later, but cant figure out why I dreamt it. Weird

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    Over the years, I have come to find that most of my nights with vivid dreams come when I eat anything sweet sugary one or two hours before bed. Now I avoid eating desserts or drinking any sugary beverage including juices. after supper and it seems to work very well. Worth trying.

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    I was very young when lucid dreaming began to interrupt my sleep. I had depression which meant that my dreams were all about being out of control, being hunted or actually harmed. I would wake up in physical pain from straining, crying and holding my breath.

    What helped me, very slowly, was whenever I woke up from a bad dream I would remind myself that it was a dream from my own head. I had control over it. I thought about how the dream could have gone better and tried to dream it “the right way”. Again, this took years but now I rarely have nightmares because I can change the dream while I sleep so I don't wake up. Or I dismiss it entirely. “I don't have to dream this,” I tell myself.

    Another thing that assisted me to feel in control again was hypnotherapy, which is basically a private and guided relaxation where you deal with some inner demons. I was very skeptical but I was so stressed out at the time I thought I had nothing to lose and I didn't. I won over a lot of deeply ingrained assumptions of myself and I only took two sessions.

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    When I remember my dream , I've started to write down some key words and have found that it helps me accept the strangeness of it and put it away. It used to come back during the day and annoy me!

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    Oh my goodness, this post could have been written for me! I'm taking citalopram and they give me the most vivid dreams I've ever had. I wake up exhausted every day because of it and I'd love for it to stop.

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    Very true, since I've been on citalopram my dreams are crazy. I hate it.

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    Hello, I just started the sleepio program, just about 2 1/2 weeks in. I wanted to know if anyone ever experienced what would call “night terrors”, in which you are having a nightmare, can't remember the nightmare, I would scream out loud while I'm sleeping. I would wake up family members, but from what they say, I don't even wake up and I don't have any memory of this the next day. There is not too much information out there when I google this. What I learned is that I tend not to eat or drink alcohol at least 4 hours before bedtime, and this lessons the episodes, but I've had this issue my entire life, I'm 47 years of age.

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    Hi!
    For the past few weeks I have been having extremely vivid dreams and wake up exhausted because of it. I eat extremely healthy and stop watching screens two hours before I go to bed and still I have vivid dreams and sometimes nightmares. Has anyone found a solution to their vivid dreams? Would love some help! :)

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    One side effect of citalopram can be such vivid dreams. There are alternative medications to citalopram and it might be worth discussing the side effects with your doctor and trialling and alternative pharmacological medication.

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    I often have vivid dreams but they are usually filled with people from a very abusive time in my childhood. My step-mother is often present and she is just as evil as she was when I was a child. I often find myself wanting to yell in my dream, but my mouth and voice don't work. I try harder to yell but again, something is holding me back. I then wake up suddenly with an excited feeling wondering if I was calling out in my sleep.

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    I have always had very vivid and colorful dreams and I just look at them as kind of like going to the movies while I sleep. Rarely are they scary. Sometimes I am visited by people or pets who are no longer living and I cherish those dreams as they don't happen that often. But on the average, I am not bothered by my dreams and feel they are just a part of me.

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    I'm very grateful for these comments. I too have vivid dreams, when I do sleep, and sometimes they are nightmares. My partner “jokes” that he's not surprised that I wake up tired (when I do sleep) since I've done a full day overnight. Sometimes he wakes me as I am whimpering with a nightmare.

    Sometimes I have my eyes closed and can see a room (not my room, nor any room I have known, different rooms on different occasions) as bright as day on the back of my eyelids. Sometimes I try to interact with it: I put my hand into it, but because it's not there, my hand goes into a cloud of nothing. It's weird and not very relaxing, even if it is interesting.

    I'm sure there is a medical term for this, other than hallucinating. I am not too anxious about it, which has probably come from sleepio (thanks sleepio), I roll over and try to do the relaxation exercises. I'd like to know more about it though, and find nothing in the webpages, unfortunately.

    I don't have intrusive thoughts when I try to sleep, but I can't do much about the content of my dreams, much as I would like to.

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    I have occasional nightmares where someone is after me and wants to kill me. Sometimes I scream myself awake. These started after a traumatic car crash 13 years ago in which I almost died. They have become less frequent but began reappearing last fall. I had one this morning My sleep was a fine util the dream woke me up. My biggest problem has been intrusive thoughts and facing mind. Now the dreams are returning. I am in the sleep deprivation part of the program.

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    I agree with SalsaSamoa – I often have very vivid dreams that are not scary but are intense and feel real, but also have nightmares that are scary and very upsetting. I think the nightmares are caused when I feel emotionally distressed, and when something in my daytime life is bothering me or unresolved, stuck in the back of my mind. Try “letting go” of those thoughts before going to bed. Maybe write down any worries or thoughts in a notebook where you can pick them back up tomorrow. Also, this might sound strange but sometimes when first lay down in my bed, I imagine after I've laid down I “hang up” my brain for the night on a wall hook, like my brain is a hat or something. Then it's removed from my self in the bed and I can put it back on the next day. It sounds weird but has helped me relax more.

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    Following up to my previous post, “hanging up” my brain helps me separate it from myself so my body can begin to relax away from the thinking…

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