Have You Ever Had A Nightmare?

@wmg2006 (5386)
United States
January 14, 2007 10:16pm CST
For the last two nights I have been having nightmares! I have never ever had a nightmare in my life I don't think. I have woke up twice now with my heart pounding and I could have sworn both times it sounded like someone had broke into my house or I have been fighting with thugs. I don't even live in a crime infested place. There are never any bad things happening here. I always eat about 4 hours before I go to bed. I even make sure I watch a comedy sitcom right before bed. Something I have always done so my sleep will be pleasant. What could possibly be causing these nightmares?
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• India
16 Jan 07
yes a lot of times
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@maikeeho (196)
• Philippines
16 Jan 07
oohhh yesss..couple of nights now..i kip dreaming about president bush
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• Philippines
16 Jan 07
Can you believe I used to have nightmares every single night before? I was so used to it that I got tired of being afraid of my nightmares that even in my nightmare, I can talk to myself and tell myself "just relax, it will go away too". Weird huh? I mean I know i should be scared I might die in sleep but i guess Im in control of my mind and that's just great right?
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@unisis (1674)
• Indonesia
15 Jan 07
I never have nightmares in my life I don't think. I have woke up twice now with my heart is very calm,I do not wantto have nightmare. There are never any bad things happening here. I pray before going to bed. I have always done so my sleep will be pleasant.
• Pakistan
15 Jan 07
well i don't have nightmares now but i used to have them when i was quite young
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@Raj119 (225)
• United States
15 Jan 07
I've often had nightmares relating to the tsunami that occured in India a few years back. Still think about it from time to time.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
You have certainly gotten some good suggestions from other responders, I wonder this is personal and I don't mean to be rude but do you know if you snore or has anyone observed if you stop or hesitate in your breathing while sleeping. The reason I mention it, is because I found out that I have sleep apena and on my really bad nights, I would wake up feeling like I was having a heart attack, or gasping in air because I had stop breathing - actually, my testing revealed that I stopped breathing once every two minutes of sleep and never left stage on of sleep. I am on a c-pap machine now and don't have any problems with it (if I use my machine). It's just a thought. I'm sorry you're having trouble with this, I know it can be disturbing, you will be in my thoughts -- Happy Dreams!!!!! I hope :)
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I think if this was common it could be but she says new
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• Philippines
15 Jan 07
Sometimes. I believe, nightmares are result of a tired mind. Perhaps you had think and worry a lot for a day that cause your mind to create an illusion of fear or anger in a form of dream. just pray. it will pass.
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@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
16 Jan 07
You are right! I was very tired both nights. I never knew this could cause nightmares. Yes I pray every night not to have another one.
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• Philippines
15 Jan 07
i do. in fact, most of the nights. this happens when there are unsolved problems or issues that i have to face. like for instance family problems or issues. these issues are sometimes taken for granted but need to be solved. maybe there are issues in your life that you need to pay attention with but just afraid to do it. it's really scary and hearthrobbing.
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@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Well you are right there are some hanging issues that I need to take care and will in time. So, maybe I am worried about the decisions I may make with those issues. Thanks for the input.
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@aidonia (4210)
• Greece
15 Jan 07
Try to remember if something bad small or big happent to you this days.Or you can worry about something without even know about this.When we dreaming our brain work faster than we are wake and can show to us what realy hae deep inside of us.
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@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
16 Jan 07
I think you must be right. Maybe it is the news I read daily or maybe because a friend recently passed away and he was close to my age.
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@Pekachu (1114)
• United States
15 Jan 07
i get weird dreams at certain times of the month if you know what i mean
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@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Hmmmm. Maybe that is it even though I have had a complete hysterectomy I still have the monthly symptons. I never thought about that.
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@kaka135 (13989)
• Malaysia
15 Jan 07
I don't remember I really had a nightmare before. I guess it's a horrible feeling. I'd think pressure is the cause of having nightmares. Are you stressed recently? because of work or life? Or are you worrying about something? I always can't sleep properly when I'm stressed. Hope you'll get rid of nightmares soon.
@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
16 Jan 07
I didn't think I was worried about anything. My job is going great and I feel real relaxed. But I know we can have stress and not even know it. Thanks for helping.
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@forjosie (1548)
• Indonesia
15 Jan 07
yes, I had a several times. Sometimes, my nightmares there were some disaster in my dreams. And the strange is it happen a view weeks later. Like tsunami at Aceh, hurricanes at many places at the world, plane disaster, quackearth at Yogyakarta and manything that happen. Sometime I scared if I had anightmare like that, I scared is it will be happen. I thin I had some vision and sisth sense.
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@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
15 Jan 07
Yes is sounds like you did have a premonition of things to come. I hope mine are not for this reason.
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• United States
15 Jan 07
The first thing to ask yourself is if you are taking any new medications, or any medication, for that matter. Several different medicines can cause nightmares. The next thing to ask yourself is whether or not someone you know has had trouble where they live. Where you live is "safe", but is some place where someone you care about lives "not safe"? As to prevention of the nightmares, try a really good physical work out and hot shower right before going to bed. Tired achy muscles and a relaxing hot shower often mean a good night's sleep.
@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
15 Jan 07
Thank you for the suggestion. I am not taking any new meds or any meds at all right now. I can't think of anyone living in an unsafe place. I will try the work out and shower.
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@caribe (2465)
• United States
16 Jan 07
I found this on the internet about nightmares and the possible cause: "chase or attack: The pursuer usually represents a fearful aspect of our shadow, and hence an exaggerated version of a denied or inhibited portion of our own personality that would benefit us if integrated and appropriately expressed. (ideal outcome: standing our ground, facing and dialoguing with our pursuer, and eventually, acceptance and embrace)" For more information about causes of nightmares check out this website. It is pretty interesting. http://www.dreams.ca/nightmares.htm
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• United States
16 Jan 07
Well I would say that nightmares are a type of warning beacon that is telling you something is wrong with you. Nightmares are as normal as dreams. I have them all the time, and I get used to them. Why, just recently I had one that took me to the border between sleeping and waking. It didn't feel good at all.
• United States
16 Jan 07
I hate having nightmares! I had a nightmare that I was in the car with my parents, my dad was reading and we were yelling at him to watch the road. I was driving for him as I was in the passenger seat, we ended up hitting a oil truck.
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@emarie (5454)
• United States
15 Jan 07
do you remember anything else from your dreams?? do you jerk yourself up after feeling like you've been falling?? sometimes its just things your body has done. it might be you skipped a sleep transition or cycle. there are several cylces of sleep. if you're suddenly awaken it can cause your heart to race a little faster.
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• Philippines
15 Jan 07
Yeah sometimes I experience nightmares especially when I sleep after eating a heavy meal. So I tend to eat small meals at night to avoid nightmares. I hope my nightmares won't come to life.
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
15 Jan 07
For me, when I have nightmares, it's because I've watched some movie that disturbed me so much I find myself dreaming about it. Especially war movies...I think it has something to do with the war today as well. I really don't know unless you've read something in the paper or heard about someone house getting broken into. My thought if it something that really bothers you, you probably would have a nightmare as I did or do. I stay away from war movies especially at night. :)
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@mansman (48)
15 Jan 07
sometimes if there has been a change in your life style this can be subconciously set in mind and when you sleep these subconcious thoughts play though your mind, i believe. And if you can remember your nightmare or dream, sometims it can be related to a number of events from past presant and even future. i have had i think maybe two dreams of which well cant remember them NOW but the dream was of a future situation and happened after a period of 2 or 3 years later after this re-occuring dream of maybe 3 of 4 nights. This may seem strange but this has happened on 2 occasions and when the event is either happening at that time, of which i got weird de-ja-vu, as if this has happened before. allso as i think of it i went 2 ibiza 'san antiono' with my brother a few years ago and, went out in to the beach side and had the most amazing de-ja-vu as if i had been ther before of which i had not but it was soooo clear as if i had and well just amazed me somewhat. anyway sorry for running on but i hope this is of some use may be!! jus have a lttle think about your nightmare and see if you can relate it to anything.
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• United States
15 Jan 07
one night i had about 7-10 nightmares.i never woke up from them, but it was like a continueous reel. i cant even tell you what they were about. there was this nightmare that sticks out so well in my mind i had a few years back. before bed i watched the movie "The Pianoist" (its really good, about a Jew during WWII) anyways the whole night i felt trapped and locked up. Nazis everywhere. i felt complete helplessness and lonelyness. i woke up crying! i really wished i knew what caused nightmare, actually sometimes i want them. they are interesting and thrilling sometimes. i think the cause MIGHT be that something really small triggered other things from something you heard, saw ect. look back into your nightmres and i bet youll find something fimiliar in everyone of them. same as plain old regular dreams. good luck with those nightmares! ♣