A nightmare is a dream occurring during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep that results in feelings of strong terror, fear, distress or extreme anxiety. This phenomenon tends to occur in the latter part of the night and oftentimes awakens the sleeper, who is likely to recall the content of the dream.
I had them practically every night as a child, which I now know was caused by my horrible childhood experiences, and resulted in me wetting the bed as I woke up. I have some now, they are not scary but more strongly emotional and can stick with me for hours after I awake. But I know why they are there so I can cope with them so really doesn't affect me half as much as they used to. Who knows what goes on in our minds while we're asleep, fascinating though, the fact that we can't control these thoughts and emotions - we're in our own little world at the time!
I don't wet the bed anymore
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:54 PM
I have nightmares once or twice a month. They are always very long, vivid, and complicated. For example, at the end of my nightmare last night, I was forced to marry Hitler while at my family's lakehouse. He tried to rape me, but I was saved by a long-lost brother who killed Hitler with a field hockey stick. After I woke up (at 5am), I refused to go back to bed because I was so scared. As for the reason I have nightmares, I think that my brain is overactive and weird in general. I know someone who takes Lunesta, which she says causes her to have nightmares every other night or so. She is going off Lunesta soon, because the nightmares are getting so intense.
I have them from time to time. Mine are usually caused by crap going on in my life., something said, something done, etc. I noticed when I was taking melatonin it really gave me some crazy nightmares.
I agree, I think dreams are a kind of a reflection on what is going on in your life and also what you pull into your dream from the outside world too. I listen to the radio at a low volume at night when I sleep and more often than not, I have dreams of driving and listening to the radio or like that. I usually have some really weird and creepy nightmares when I take Nyquil and sick from a cold so medications definitely also affect dreams too.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:03 PM
I used to have severe SEVERE nightmares, every single time I closed my eyes. It was like freakn Freddy Kruger. I was so afraid to sleep I often say I had 'insomnia'. I litterally would stay up all night to avoid my nightmares and constantly took no-doz and drank caffenated drinks to try to stay awake. I would fall asleep in class (I was in college then) and didn't have nightmares in class. So I just continued to sleep in class. I had to take science three times because of this. At least I got some sleep in though... This was litterally one of the most horrible times of my life. The dreams seemed very real and they were awful..... Not only were they filled with monsters etc... I was a grusome murderer in most of them. Yes I was killing bad guys, but I was a murderer none the less. Glad thats over
That lasted for three years.
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