Evan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 days ago) and read 4339 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?
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IAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days ago) and read 4334 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.
Zootrix From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4326 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.
Duff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4326 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.
Notdownnlocked From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 954 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4316 times:
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.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7744 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4295 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.
Bobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4294 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.
Pulkovokiwi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4265 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.
NeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4259 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.
Halcyon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4248 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.
not sleeping too much
finding a way to feel good about life.
ManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3021 posts, RR: 45
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4230 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!
Evan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4162 times:
LOL, thanks for the replies everyone. Pretty much everything that you have said is true, except for that cheese thing. 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
finding a way to feel good about life.
All of this is very true... especially the sleeping too much part.