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Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:10 pm

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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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:21 pm

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.
 
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:37 pm

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.
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:40 pm

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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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:53 pm

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.

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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:03 pm

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!

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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:12 pm

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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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:16 pm

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.
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:45 pm

Gotta take a wiz?

Just don't drink so much before bed usually works for me.
 
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:45 pm

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.
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:47 pm

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.

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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 2:17 pm

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.
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 2:32 pm

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.
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 2:46 pm

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,
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 5:30 pm

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

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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 5:41 pm

Mine have Mossad agents coming to get me and I kill them with my Martial arts skills.
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 5:41 pm

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!

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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 6:44 pm

Maybe you are worried about something.This takes the form of such Nightmares.Try thinking positive before bed,better still watch a comedy show.
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:13 pm

No more cheese before bed for you matey Big grin
 
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:10 pm

Get one of these...



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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:15 pm

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.



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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:25 pm

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.
 
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:42 am

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.
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:45 am

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 

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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:47 am

Eating banana or cheese or both before sleeping is also rumoured to cause nightmares. I've never tested it out though.
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:55 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 24):
Eating banana or cheese or both before sleeping is also rumoured to cause nightmares. I've never tested it out though.

Can't say either have given me nightmares... but spicy food does it sometimes.

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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Sat Jul 29, 2006 2:52 am

Quoting Evan767 (Thread starter):
For about the past couple of weeks just about all of my dreams have been nightmares.

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 it's just an old wive's tale!
 
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RE: Why Do I Keep Having So Many Nightmares?

Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:03 am

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. 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.

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 occasionally had a nightmare about having to take a law school exam in a class I never bothered to attend.

Very few nightmares these days. Favorite all time recurring dream - and I'm not kidding - is flying. And I don't mean in an airplane. I mean Superman style. What an unbelievable rush.

Had a great dream last night. Hooked up with a 20-something who wanted me to perform a certain sexual act that I won't describe in fear of being banned. We got started, and who appeared at my door, but my 26 year old daughter, who of course didn't approve. At that moment, the da*n alarm clock went off.
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