Post # 1
Do any of you bees still have nightmares? I had a couple of really bad ones last night. One was where I was coming out of a store, and DH was in the truck waiting for me. I saw people approaching me and tried to yell to him to help me, and he ended up seeing the group of people and helped me.
The other one was way more vivid, in which someone had taken me, my mom & my brother. He was cutting us all with a blade & raped me. I could almost “feel” the blade in my sleep. I woke up sweating.
I’ve had nightmares where I’m crying in my dream & I wake up crying & taking a minute to realize it’s not real.
Does anyone else have this? I don’t watch horror movies or anything like that regularly, I can’t even remember the last time I watched one, actually. I don’t know what causes these at all, but I have them probably a couple times a month. I always have really vivid dreams, which is fine except when they’re nightmares!
Post # 3
I “regularly” (A few nights every month) have nightmares.
I’ve found that if I don’t go to bed until I’m exhausted, I sleep much deeper and my brain just stops caring. I’ve had nightmares all my life and it’s really the only thing that works for me.
Sleeping pills seems to be a 60/40 kind of thing. More often than not I sleep well, but still on a “regular” basis they give me amplified nightmares.
I’m a fan of horror/gore movies and shows, but I don’t typically watch them unless my husband is home (He deploys), so that’s not a real trigger for me.
Post # 4
@Hyperventilate: I don’t usually take any sleeping pills, but I’ve noticed that my dreams in general are more vivid when I take them. I think maybe it’s because I usually lay in bed and think for a while before I go to sleep. I’m not usually really tired/exhausted at bed time.
Post # 5
@roweboat: I find that going to bed when I am *dead tired* really helps. I don’t remember going to sleep those nights. My nightmares tend to crop up after nights where I’m just staring at the ceiling.
Post # 6
I used to have the same nightmare reoccuring for years when I was younger (probably 8 – 13 years old). It was always the same thing – I am in a dessert, and it is scorching hot. I am thirsty and dizzy. I keep walking, with the horizon in front of me as a guide. I look at the sun to guess what time of day it is. After I look at the sun, all I can see is a black/red dot everywhere I see, and I just follow it. Then I wake up. It doesn’t sound scary at all, but because of the fact that it just returned in my dreams every few days really scared me. I remember even asking my parents if I can sleep in their bed because I was afraid of the black/red dot!
Today, I have occasional bad dreams, and I noticed a pattern about them. They either occur after I had an especially exciting experience, sometimes I finish a great book, sometimes I watch an interesting film. And something related to those experiences comes in my dream, sometimes in a form of a nightmare.
I don’t know why they happen. It’s dreams right? Unexplainable.
Post # 7
a tip from my friends mother who is a naturapath, try not having any forms of sugar near bedtime about after 7,30, and also do something relaxing but not electronic before bed and have atleast a 30 minute period of no-electronics before bed, so yoga, meditation, read a book but not one full of action, play an instrument.
I don’t know if this works but another friend suffered really bad from nightmares and used this advice and she now only gets nightmares when she is really stressed. She said the sugar thing made the biggest difference