do you have night terrors or nightmares or other sleeping problems

@winterose (39918)
Canada
March 29, 2008 1:20pm CST
do you get a good night sleep? are you twisting and turning all night, do you ever get nightmares if so tell us about them, what about night terrors or night paralyses? you have a dream that is so real you feel it is happening you feel you are awake and a strange man is standing over you to kill you with a knife but you are literally parallelized you cannot move your legs to get out of bed and you have to stay that way until it passes, have you ever felt anything like this? please tell us your story.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Oh I do know how this is. I have suffered from nightmares and night terrors all my life. Now on top of that I have trouble sleeping due to physical problems. Sleep for me is not always easy and often broken. I take it when I can and hope for the best. The worst are night terrors where you wake up and can't move. My heart is racing a mile minute and pounding so hard it feels like it will break out of my chest. I'm in a cold sweat and shaking. I can't move and I can't even scream for help. I hate them. Then once I can the last thing I want to do is go back to sleep. I'm usually up after that. I have found in the past I sleep better during the day. I don't seem to have the night terrors or as many nightmares. I'm not sure why but it is one reason I prefer to stay up late and sleep during the day (even though my room might be very dark like night time).
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
30 Mar 08
thank you so much for your testimony, it must really be terrible, it scares me just thinking about it.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Gives me the creeps too when I think about them. Hopefully none of us will have any tonight.
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@mbs730 (2152)
• Canada
30 Mar 08
I've had nightmares and several episodes of sleep paralysis and its scary. You wake up and cannot move, and a presence in the room pushes you down, its always a dark entity. After that horrible episode occurs, you wake up startled. Never fails.
@CaitBaby (447)
• United States
29 Mar 08
For years I've had sleeping troubles. Some nights it's hard for me to sleep at all, but other nights I have terrible, horrifying nightmares. I have had a very bad relationship with my father since I was a little kid, and a lot of my bad dreams are centered on him. I usually end up getting killed in most of my dreams, or at least hurt. Terrifying things always happen in them. My therapist believes that my dreams are reflections of my innermost feelings. But everyone experiences nightmares every once in a while. If they occur frequently, perhaps you should consult a therapist.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
29 Mar 08
I am a therapist and they don't happen to me this is a discussion question for mylot, people usually says on her when it is a personal experience, if they don't it means it is not and just a question for the mylot community to discuss. an no you are right frequent nightmares usually represent a deeper issue on a subconscious level that needs to be resolved or attended to. thanks for posting your comments are very helpful,
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
30 Mar 08
I hope you understood what I wrote, I write so fast that I type incorrect things sorry about that.
@gabrielle47 (1221)
• Philippines
29 Mar 08
Hi Winterose. Well I dont have any of that encounter for a very long time now but I know i have had some nightmares myself when I was little. I would not want anymore nightmares in my life and the thing you describe of a strange man standing over me to kill me scares me a lot. SOmeone told me that I just have to be happy and be in positive thoughts always so as not to attract negative thoughts and feeling such as nightmares. And that is what im trying to do everyday and I dont encounter any nightmares. The only sleeping problem that I have is that I have insomnia that I sleep very late in the night and even if its pat 12 am, still when I lay down to be, I dont get to sleep easily. Some are blessed to sleep immediately but I think I was not one of those blessed with that. lols.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
29 Mar 08
sounds like you are doing well hon, insomnia can be for a lot of reasons, do you sleep in late in the morning?
@Hatley (164517)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Apr 08
I dream I am looking for a certain store in a certain city and I am sure I know just where it is but I walk and walk and do not find the store then all of a sudden I am outside the city and lost and scared then I walk into an indusrtrial section where big machines are working and the walking is almost impossible and I find an office so ask the person in the office the address and ask him to call me a cab. allthetime I am scared oh so scared as I do not know where i am and I always wake up and think oh my gosh it was alljust a dream I am safe I am not lost.good. Ihave had this a number of times. then I have one where a man is trying to hurt me and I hit him hard with a baseball bat and he just literally melts into a shape like a snake then dissolves completely yuck what a dream
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
6 Apr 08
is there something you are not sure of in your life, a big decision to make, or do you lack confidence, that is the general meaning of the first dream, the second could also be that you feel threatened by something a big project and the snake could mean you don't trust the person giving you the project or whatever it is.
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
30 Mar 08
I suffer from sleep paralysis, and it is very scary, although, not dangerous, i was told. I'll be sleeping, dreaming, then i'll wake up, will see around me, my bedroom, my husband and so on, but keep on seeing my dream at the same time, and i won't be able to move, paralyzed, and won't be able to scream and/or speak. Once, i remember, i was screaming sooooooo loud to my mom (it was the first time it happened to me and i was scared) but only a faint sound escaped from my lips! But deep down, i was shouting. It hasn't happened to me in a while, not that im complaining, but...it used to happen to me every 2 or 3 nights. They say apparently its caused by the brain waking up before the muscles and nervous system, that's why you can't move.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
30 Mar 08
yes it would be very scary that is for sure.
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
29 Mar 08
Back in 1995 I had a horrific car accident the night before I was supposed to get married. I fell asleep after working a 16 hour shift on the drive home. My foot pushed the gas pedal to the floor and I hit a cement culvert head on. My husband to be had a car battery in the back seat and when I hit the culvert and the rear of the car came up, the battery smashed my face through the windshield. They said I walked to a house in the country where the woman was a nurse and helped me until the ambulance came. I don't remember any of it. I didn't wake up for 8 days and when I woke up in intensive care it was because i heard my friends say, "My God that's not her!". I had a shattered jaw, broken ribs, collarbone and broken right arm. I also had my left kneecap shattered. After that i had night terrors that for the life of me I can't remember, but my family said I would be found in a corner of the living room or kitchen crying. It took about a year for me to be able to get into a vehicle after that.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
29 Mar 08
good for you I applaud your courage you are quite a remarkable person do you know that?
• United States
5 Apr 08
I have had nightmares where someone is chasing me and I try to scream but nothing comes out of my mouth. But the most remembered nightmare is when i dreamt that i was being chased by someone who was trying to shoot me, I was running through this field of corn or wheat i think and there was water in it. The person chasing me shot me and as i fell i hit the water that's when i woke up and realised that there was water on the matress underneath me. In my nightmare I had wet the bed. And this happened when i was about 16 years old and now i am 44 and it is still very vivid in my mind.
• Canada
30 Mar 08
It's funny you ask. I actually slept a lot better since last week. I'm used to feel stressed at work, but since last week, it's like I can't control my stress anymore!! I'm waking up every 2 hours, sweating, and I can't remember a thing about my dreams!! Never had that kind of sleeping problem before! Hope you all sleep better than me!
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• Philippines
30 Mar 08
I have insomnia. I toss and turn hours before I get to sleep. I can't remember my dream but there was a time I suddenly woke up and my heart was beating fast and I was sweating. It was pretty scary. After that, I did not go back to sleep. I went down to get some water.
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@kbourgerie (8781)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I have had more problems in the last few months than I've had before. I attribute some of it to menopause, some of it to being on my feet all day and the rest to just simply having too much on my mind. I don't have nightmares or night sweats or anything like that. In fact, I seem to rarely ever remember any dreams I may have had.
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@darvulia (101)
• Portugal
29 Mar 08
i never manage to sleep before the am, my organis is so.
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• United States
29 Mar 08
okay, maybe my dreams lately aren't near as deadly, but they have been a little strange. I think I can attribute the weird dreams to pregnancy though. However, I have had a few where I've given birth, minus the labor scene, but I'm still prego in the dream. Also, a lot of exes have been showing up... a little hard to discuss with the hubby.
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@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
29 Mar 08
I have several sleeping problems. I have insomnia. I 'have' to take a sleeping pill just to fall asleep. It doesn't *keep* me asleep, just makes me fall asleep. I have tried to do without it and stayed up for a couple of days. I cannot handle that. I started taking a new medication (LDN -Low Dose Naltexone) for my Mutiple Sclerosis and it makes me have very VIVID dreams. Some I cannot tell apart from real life when I wake up. I can only say that I have had one bad dream with this new medication. I cannot remember it except that it was bad. LOL
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
29 Mar 08
I have never been disabled from a dream that have have had where I could not move to get out of bed. I have had many bad dreams though. I had one yesterday but cannot remember exactly what it was about. I wake up alot of times scared or crying from a bad dream and it looks so real. I hope none of my bad dreams come true because they are very scary at times.
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