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Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?  
User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3845 times:

For about the past couple of weeks just about all of my dreams have been nightmares.

One dream I had was where someone was cooking up a bunch of fried tarantulas. I am practically arachnophobic and this scared the crap out of me. I refused to eat one of this crazy lady's creations and she started chasing me around with a tarantula. I was cornered and she got me. I woke up.

I have had another dream where there is a giant chase with me and this robber/murderer. The dream begins to end with him eventually getting me on my deck at night at gunpoint. I turn to run to the door, I make it inside and the dream ends. I woke up in a sweat.

Last night, I had some very awkward dream that started out fine, but turned into a kind of silly nightmare. These two alien type things started zapping everything in sight, and everyone I knew. Kind of like the movie War of the Worlds (that movie scared the shi* out of me more than a horror movie would). The alien figures looked kind of like giant jacks. I was eventually the last person left and they started to chase me and kill me. I woke up.

I have also been having in about 1 out of 4 of my dreams at some point or another, having to crawl in a very small space. I know it doesn't sound too bad, but it feels extremely uncomfortable in my dream. I am not claustrophobic at all, but the thought of crawling in a tiny sewer-like tube and under a wall that is barely high enough for me to crawl under just creeps me out.

How do I stop these dreams? Have I been eating something? Too much sugar? What's up?


The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
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User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3840 times:

Most of my dreams don't make much sense. As a child, I'd have disturbing or frightening dreams about falling or being chased by something nasty. Then, my father told me I could actually control my dreams, to some extent. I wish I could explain how I do it, but its difficult. Its almost like I understand I'm in a dream and don't like the direction its going. So I make an effort to go some place better. Like a strip club. Since then, I've only had nightmares when very sick. Dreams of falling still continue, but usually, its when my bladder is about to burst, so its a useful phenomenon.

User currently offlineZootrix From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3832 times:

If you're taking prescription medicines, then, some of them might cause nightmares, esp. the ones that regulate mood, behaviour, etc.. Also, meds. that work on the nervous system (brain, etc.), can also cause nightmares.

Otherwise, extremely stressfull situations have a way of manifesting as nightmares, especially if it involves dealing with too much debt, job loss, divorce, financial pressure, traumatic death, extreme emotional turmoil (abuse, violence, etc.), etc. Basically the dreamer fears losing control of the situation, hence the nightmare! I am not saying these are applicable to you, but only offering amateurish theories. Of course, if things get too much to handle, please see a doctor!

Get lots of rest, relax and take good care.
Zootrix


User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3832 times:

Is there some sort of traumatic thing going on/happened recently in your life? I know that can trigger nightmares even if seemingly unrelated.

I tend to have the type that are weird and memorable enough that when I wake up from them I actually have to verify that the dreamt events did not actually happen. I had a dream once where a girl I knew from work was being beaten up and I couldn't do anything about it, and was genuinely relieved to see she was OK the next morning.



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User currently offlineNotdownnlocked From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 935 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3822 times:

Hey Guy,

I can tell you without a doubt you have some sort of newly found stress either in your conscious or sub conscious. Something new is happening to you that makes you have these stressful dreams. Dreams are your subconscious telling you something but if they keep on you will lose your ability to rest comfortably. If they are haunting you enough go and see a professional. All dreams have a underlying emotions or reasons. I have experienced this many times and if this continues you will awake tired and feel that you never had a chance at peaceful rest during the night. Good luck and good dreams.

Also I wanted to mention that arachnids (spiders) and especially tarantulas are harmless. They as well as frogs/toads take away mosquitos and other bad insects. You have to get to know the insects and which are good and bad. There is a big difference.

I work in aviation every day but I have seen live accidents before my very eyes but my most related dreams are a 727 that over rotates and crashes many times. I have learned what this is about and overcome it and what it means and I hope you will too.

[Edited 2006-07-27 06:03:34]

User currently offlineA332 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3814 times:

Just remember one thing...

If you are in your crazy mystical world and you keep looking for a washroom and can't find it... or if you find it but people keep getting in way and blocking you from going in... there's a reason!

 Wink



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3801 times:

I've read that dreams are partly the results of what we have experienced in our lives shortly prior to having the dreams and the brain is trying to devour the information. They are also a way that our brain tries to deal with problems in our real lives and tries to find a solution. Nightmares are then a result of the extra stress involved with a problem that the brain cannot find a solution to.


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User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3800 times:

I like nightmares. They don't happen often enough. My real life is boring and I'm not very imaginative. But my dreams are unbelievable detailed, like watching a movie. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of a nightmare and when I go back to sleep the dream continues where it left off. I've been late for work a few times because I was having a great dream when the alarm clock went off and I turned off the alarm to let the dream continue.

I seem to go through cycles where I have frequent nightmares for a few days and then long weeks with no dreams.

My favorite dreams involve flying. Not flying an airplane, just me flying by myself. One time I flew to a different galaxy and got lost, that was scary.


User currently offlineGalapagapop From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 910 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

Gotta take a wiz?

Just don't drink so much before bed usually works for me.


User currently offlineLooneyToon From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

I have dreamt before that I was drowning, and waking up gasping for air. It freaked the shit out of me.

Is it true that if you die on your dreams, you die in real life? That's what people tell me sometimes.



LooneyToon
User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 6):
I've read that dreams are partly the results of what we have experienced in our lives shortly prior to having the dreams and the brain is trying to devour the information.

 checkmark 

Its like a filing system for your memory.


User currently offlinePulkovokiwi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3771 times:

Food may have something to do with it and past traumas. If you dream about past less then happy events that is the brain shitting itself of these memories. Rather than spending the earth on a therapist see what your bookstore has to offer.

User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3765 times:

I have a recurring nightmare that I'm in my house and it's on fire and while everyone else is able to escape, I'm not. I then see myself all burned up and the coroner and firemen putting me in a bag and taking me away while my family and neighbours watch. That one happens about twice a month, but I normally wake up quickly and realize that I'm dreaming.

Personally, I find that having some noise one while I sleep helps. I tune into Sirius Country Hits 060 and leave that on, then the brain is processing the music and dosen't have time to scare itself shitless.


User currently offlineHalcyon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3754 times:

Quoting Bobster2 (Reply 7):
I like nightmares. They don't happen oftenrnenough. My real life is boring and I'm not very imaginative. But myrndreams are unbelievable detailed, like watching a movie. Sometimes Irnwake up in the middle of a nightmare and when I go back to sleep therndream continues where it left off. I've been late for work a few timesrnbecause I was having a great dream when the alarm clock went off and Irnturned off the alarm to let the dream continue.

This often happens with me.

I had a ton of nightmares until a few months ago. They were about everything. Eventually, I got used to them and no longer was scared. In fact, I started to learn to conquer them, or at least wake up before I died.

Right after I began my EMT work they stopped. 100% gone. Now I only have the occasional bad dream, and they are about relationships going south. No more nightmares.  Smile

Dunno' why.

I suggest:
not sleeping too much
exercising
finding a way to feel good about life.

This seems to be what cleared up mine.

Later.

Best of luck on those dreams,
Lucas


User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3741 times:
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Quoting IAH777 (Reply 1):
Its almost like I understand I'm in a dream and don't like the direction its going. So I make an effort to go some place better.

It's called lucid dreaming, and can be fun - try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dreaming and http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Lucid_Dreaming

-Manuel



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User currently offlinePulkovokiwi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3736 times:

Mine have Mossad agents coming to get me and I kill them with my Martial arts skills.

User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3736 times:
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Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 9):
Is it true that if you die on your dreams, you die in real life? That's what people tell me sometimes.

I'm pretty sure nobody can tell with certainty - for obvious reasons. But I doubt it.

But still, if you look at the wikipedia articles/books on lucid dreaming, you can see that "sleep paralysis" is very common (we all experience it, but only sometimes are aware of it), and that could be the reason for the fact you dream of drowning/gasping for air. If you just "go with the flow" of your dream and don't try hard to wake up when "drowning", it will eventually fade away and turn into a lucid dream. Scary at first, but definitely fun if you practise!

-Manuel



Never trust a statistic you didn't fake yourself
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

Maybe you are worried about something.This takes the form of such Nightmares.Try thinking positive before bed,better still watch a comedy show.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineTuRbUleNc3 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3711 times:

No more cheese before bed for you matey Big grin

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3692 times:

Get one of these...



Thom@s



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User currently offlineStormbringer From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3689 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 19):
Get one of these...

Those are as authentic to aboriginal culture as the Washington Redskins.

Better to get one of these and tell her to wake you up when you start thrashing around.



[Edited 2006-07-27 15:18:22]


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User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3591 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3681 times:

Come on guys, do a little research before posting.

Evan, it is nothing to worry about, everyone goes through it.

You will also have dreams about being naked in school.

It is called puberty.


User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

LOL, thanks for the replies everyone. Pretty much everything that you have said is true, except for that cheese thing.  Yeah sure Last night I didn't have a nightmare, though I did dream I was sick. Last week when I was having a lot of bad dreams, I was in San Francisco and L.A. I don't know if that has anything to do with it. It is true that I found myself frequently getting up to go to the bathroom in San Francisco though.

Quoting Halcyon (Reply 13):
not sleeping too much
exercising
finding a way to feel good about life.

All of this is very true... especially the sleeping too much part.

Quoting Galapagapop (Reply 8):
Gotta take a wiz?

True.

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 6):
I've read that dreams are partly the results of what we have experienced in our lives shortly prior to having the dreams and the brain is trying to devour the information.

This has been true for some of them.

Quoting Notdownnlocked (Reply 4):
I can tell you without a doubt you have some sort of newly found stress either in your conscious or sub conscious.

Kind of true.

Quoting Notdownnlocked (Reply 4):
Also I wanted to mention that arachnids (spiders) and especially tarantulas are harmless.

They just scare me to death though. I grew up in Arizona for about 2 years and I just broke down when I saw a tarantula. (I was about 4 and 5)

Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 21):
It is called puberty.

True.

Thanks again.



The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
User currently offlineTuRbUleNc3 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3663 times:

Quoting Stormbringer (Reply 20):
Better to get one of these and tell her to wake you up when you start thrashing around.

Looks like she has a right mound of foliage in that area, see how it all pushes out  vomit 

Is that a ladyboy? :


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3663 times:

Eating banana or cheese or both before sleeping is also rumoured to cause nightmares. I've never tested it out though.

25 Thom@s : Can't say either have given me nightmares... but spicy food does it sometimes. Thom@s
26 BigOrange : Have you been eating cheese just before you go to bed?? As a kid I used to get told that if I ate cheese after dinner, I would have nightmares. AFAIK
27 Halls120 : Interesting. Back in my 20's, I used to have a recurring nightmare of having to solve an ungodly long mathematical equation. In my 40's, I occasional
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