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Constant Nightmares
CATSenHATS posted:
I'm 21 years old and wake up from nightmares every time I fall asleep. I have been living with this annoyance because I thought it was common. Since moving in with my boyfriend a few months ago, he gets mad that I cant ever stay in bed and have to go sit in the living room with the lights on and fall back asleep there. If I don't do that I'll just lay there still freaked out from the dream.

I'm not exaggerating by saying that this occurs every time I fall asleep (daytime or nightime) and has for years. They just involve something scary like a break in, mugging, being accused of a crime, a friend dying... Anything really. I don't want to wake up terrified like a little kid anymore, is this something that can be solved without therapy? Does anyone else have this happen to them on a constant basis? My friends and co-workers think it's funny when I tell them because they say they can't even remember their dreams Any advice would be appreciated.
An_248704 responded:
Are your dreams so vivid it feels as though they are really happening? Do you have any other unusual symptoms, such as sleep paralysis upon falling or waking up? Are you usually tired during the day? I only ask b/c I lived for years with nightmares and difficulty to sleep to learn that I have Narcolepsy. I also recommend not watching any TV shows or movies as well as reading books that might come back to haunt you in your sleep. I no longer watch any horror movies and about a year ago I had to stop watching shows such as CSI.

If your dreams are effecting your everyday life, I recommend you visiting a sleep specialist.
chewie5719 responded:
I understand exactly what you are experiencing. I experienced the same thing for years. Doctors didn't take me seriously . I went through my days exhausted from lack of sleep because each time I went to sleep I went into horrible nightmares that would wake me up. I finally went to a hypnotist who totally fixed the problem with only one session. Being hypnotized isn't scary at all. You don't even think you're being hypnotized. Good luck! Fight this thing or lack of sleep can ruin your lifef.

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