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Re: Increasing frecuency of nightmares with age

Re: Increasing frecuency of nightmares with age

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Posted by Randy on November 19, 2000 at 21:29:54:

In Reply to: Increasing frecuency of nightmares with age posted by Linda on November 06, 2000 at 21:31:53:

: I have always had extremely vivid dreams and nightmares from which i have had a difficult time awaking. I always thought that this stuff would dissipate with age, but i am finding that the older i get the more i have and the more severe they are. I often have to be awakend to quit screaming or whining or speaking in strange syllables. It also takes me up to 30 mins. sometimes to recover (calm down) from one of these before i can go back to sleep. any thoughts? should I check out the possibility of a sleep disorder center? HELP!
Hi Linda. Your symptoms are similar to some of mine. I still (in my 40's) have vivid nightmares on occasion. I've been diagnosed with PTSD, which accounts for some of the bizarre nature of the dreams. Sometimes I will go through an entire day in a half-awake state, because the dream seems to be "poking through" my waking state. If you've had traumatic events in your life, especially in your childhood, maybe a therapist can help you. The dreams never go away completely, but therapy has helped me at least be less weirded out about them. Are you from a family with a history of sleep disorders? I am. My insomnia, coupled with my fear of the nightmares, used to make my life hell. I take meds now, and feel relatively better. Good luck.

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