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Nightmares/night terrors.

Mar 28, 2016 9:30 AM

Trigger warning, mild talk of rapists and murders.

Does anyone else experience really bad nightmares or night terrors. I've lived with them my whole life. Honestly, I know this sounds weird or sad, but I've never actually had a dream that was not a nightmare or night terror. I go days without sleeping because I'm afraid to go to sleep because I know I will enter my "dream world", and my family, and my partner, don't really understand. I've tried everything to make them stop. Funny or happy movies before bed, or upbeat music, or thinking happy thoughts. I even pray sometimes. I'm not sure religious but I would do anything to make them stop.

I try to explain it to people like this:

Going to sleep, knowing that you will enter into a night terror world, is like knowing deciding to go into a room full of murders and rapists, and people who have hurt you, and the things you fear most, knowing that you will be locked in there until someone or something (my body, for instince) decides to let you out. I try to wake myself up in my dreams by hitting things, or screaming, or trying to go to sleep in my dream, but instead of waking up in the real world, my mind tricks me and I "wake up" still in my dream. It's very very scary, and I don't know what to do. Does anyone have any advice on how to stop, or at least maybe lessen, my nightmares?

Mar 28, 2016 9:56 AM

I have ptsd with night terrors. Perhaps theraphy to find out what issues brought on the nightmares and/or how to deal with what brought them on.

Mar 28, 2016 1:48 PM

I am on a medication that reduces nightmares. It works really well. Talk to your doctor, there is medication out there to help.

Mar 28, 2016 2:09 PM

Sounds like ptsd. Also if you're any antidepressants. They can cause very vivid dreams and add things. Sorry you struggle with them. I have them sometimes but not constant. Therapy can really. It can teach where they're coming from and how to actually take control of your dreams.

Mar 28, 2016 2:32 PM

We need to start with what medications are you taking now? Night terrors are HORRIFIC! Do you have the ability to find a psychologist? Have you spoken to your doctor about these? They are a diagnosis. Psychiatrist can help make a difference in these situations...I cannot diagnose but it sounds treatable...and necessary! Please let us know how else we can help. Melatonin, Neurontin and another med (/can't remember it off hand right now)gave me wicked night terrors. So I really do understand how scary they are. That's all I can help with right now...I truly wish I could help more. Love and blessings, Terri

Mar 28, 2016 7:18 PM

I've had night terrors/flashbacks/sleep paraylisis since I was 14. It used to be much worse But it still hasn't fully gone away like my doctors hoped from meds. I have them every other night just about and on bad days or when it gets close to the "anniversary" of my trauma it gets really bad. Meds haven't helped too much but One thing that helps me get out of them was pulling on my hair, wheatrr it be in the night terror, or flashback(not so much the sleep paralysis for obvious reasons) it might not help you, but maybe give it a try, its not harmful, but it hurts enough to get me out of it.

Mar 30, 2016 12:10 AM

I have night terrors every night. I wish I could figure out how to not be in that mind set. I have tried lots and still looking for help. I do have ptsd. I have been on medications that excellerated the feelings. Seroquil was a nasty one for me. A couple days before a weekend I told the doctor I couldn't handle it any more and I was scared of hurting myself. There were no beds at the hospital so at home I stopped taking the medication, horrible withdrawal, but in about 5 days the horror stopped. But the night terrors have come back since my dad died 3 years ago. I think it is him. I currently listen to non exciting movies on Netflix or Ted talks so I am not alone.
I hope you will eventually be able to have them decrease in severity or even stop.

Mar 30, 2016 6:21 PM

Only rarely, the kind that wakes you and your not sure it wasn't real. Then when you realize it was a dream you don't want to go back to sleep. I had a very bad one last week, woke at 3 am and refused to return to sleep. Hugs & prayers you all can find a way to have less of them! 🙂🙏💕🌼

Mar 31, 2016 8:44 AM

i have pdst too, plus I have REM sleep disorder ( i SLEEPWALK), which is crazy at 52 years old. I thought i would out grow them ,but no.....I have horrible dreams and walk(drive,eat) in my sleep all the time and don't realize I'm doing it until I hurt myself....urg....my doctors put me on prozac which i think has help with the sleeping,plus they suggested that i get a dog.she is wonderful and has helped me with pdst symptoms. She is with me at all times. maybe a dog would help u too! greatest therpy I have received!

Mar 31, 2016 3:40 PM

I also have ptsd and get nightmares. Oddly, I get them every single time the closet door is open, and also if my back gets cold.

I have also found that I get WAY fewer nightmares with a cpap machine. Maybe a sleep study?

I was also on small doses of Prazosin, it didn't stop the nightmares, but when I woke up, they faded into mist immediately. Gradually my nightmares reduced, since my brain couldn't remember what scared it!
Also Cognitive Behavior Modification can help a bit, especially with the anxiety before and after sleep time.

Mar 31, 2016 6:06 PM

PrincessChaos, you're suppose to lock the monsters in the closet by shutting the door. Lol 😉. Just teasing! My granddaughter use to make me leave the closet light on because she didn't like the doors have slats in them. She didn't like seeing the clothing shadows (from the night light).

I forgot this on my earlier post, but I've noticed if I have to take anxiety meds or muscle relaxer meds, they usually cause more vivid & sometimes nightmarish dreams.

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