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Posted by: Kelly | 2012/07/23

Vivid dreams keep me awake

Hi Doc im not sure if this is a psychological query or a medical query but i have very vivid dreams every single night, some of them are disturbing and other are just strange but they are so intense that i end up waking up at 2 or 3 every morning and then struggle to sleep again and when i do eventually fall asleep then i dream again and wake up exhausted for the day. i can remember every dream but its not like i get reality confused with my dreams when i am awake, i know they are just dreams.

please help or advise, i am sitting here at work with red burny eyes from no sleep :(

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We can't remember every dream, which is just as well, as that's keep us very busy indeed.If we sleep with the wires attached so that a continuing EEG recording can be made of our brain waves, we can tell when you are dreaming. If we wake you at those times, you will agree, and be able to describe the dream. If we leave you sleeping, you will not, in the morning, recall it.
Where a dream is especially arousing ( not necessarily a nightmare - I have also woken from a dream of frustration and anger, or laughing ) you will similarly wake and briefly remember the content. Usually, unless one writes it down ( not a useful activity ), the recall of that recent dream fades rapidly.
If for other reasons you have either more than the usual number of arousing / wakening dreams, or have fitful sleep such that you wake often, you may recall more dreams - not becasue yopu're dreaming more, but because you're waking more often.
Many different conditions csn lead us to this sort of disturbed sleep ; other conditions can increase perhaps the amount of dreaming, especially this can be an effect of some drugs, such as some antidepressants. So best get a thorough check-up from a good GP or psychiatrist to assess all possible factors, and then discuss, depending on watever might be found, what might be the best ways of dealing with this.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2012/07/23

We can't remember every dream, which is just as well, as that's keep us very busy indeed.If we sleep with the wires attached so that a continuing EEG recording can be made of our brain waves, we can tell when you are dreaming. If we wake you at those times, you will agree, and be able to describe the dream. If we leave you sleeping, you will not, in the morning, recall it.
Where a dream is especially arousing ( not necessarily a nightmare - I have also woken from a dream of frustration and anger, or laughing ) you will similarly wake and briefly remember the content. Usually, unless one writes it down ( not a useful activity ), the recall of that recent dream fades rapidly.
If for other reasons you have either more than the usual number of arousing / wakening dreams, or have fitful sleep such that you wake often, you may recall more dreams - not becasue yopu're dreaming more, but because you're waking more often.
Many different conditions csn lead us to this sort of disturbed sleep ; other conditions can increase perhaps the amount of dreaming, especially this can be an effect of some drugs, such as some antidepressants. So best get a thorough check-up from a good GP or psychiatrist to assess all possible factors, and then discuss, depending on watever might be found, what might be the best ways of dealing with this.

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