View Full Version : how do you sleep?


Diony
12-31-13, 05:44 PM
When i was a kid i used to dream more and remember them better and boy did i have some weird dreams and some dreams that were actually a dream i had in reality.

Having my own place
Driving
Going shopping

Just a few that reflected what i wished when i was awake

When i had a bad dream part of my concious would be there. I would have to lay down, close my eyes, and fall asleep in my dream to wake up.
I couldnt just wake up on my own.
Now? Im lucky if i can remember one, i toss and turn too much!

What are your experiences?

BellaVita
12-31-13, 05:55 PM
I have weird dreams often.

I remember a lot of my dreams.

I've been having trouble sleeping lately as I'm low on my sleeping pills, so had to reduce the dose.

I usually take 2 hours to fall asleep anyway. (It's a struggle every night with the Lexapro. But I can't take it during the day as it makes me cray cray)

Diony
12-31-13, 06:27 PM
I have some anti anxiety pills from last year, one was for night as well and the other for the day but i dont like to take them because they are only for anxiety, thats not the problem only another diagnosis!

Restless1
12-31-13, 07:08 PM
Dreams? Don't remember, I'm asleep!
Seriously, I go to sleep easily and wake up fully awake like a jack in the box. I dont remember much in between.
Occasionally i do dream. Not very nice ones neither. I never remember what theyre about just that they leave me a bit of a mess. That is even after my mind trying to turn them nice. What i mean is when i am having a bad nightmare I'm able to consciously change things in my dream. I used to think the way nightmares used to become less bad (only if theyre the nasty ones that is) was just the dream. I read once that some expert found out ways to consciously change his own dreams. After that i guessed that was what i did.
Btw those dreams were worse than run of the mill nightmares, like the falling or being chased by something nightmares. Mine were twisted ones like horror films. I hate horror films, cant watch them, but if i flick channels and happen upon one in full thriller moment i then have to watch it to the end. Its like i have to see a happy ending no matter how much the film is messing me up!

Sorry, a bit off topic there.

Rebelyell
12-31-13, 08:05 PM
:eyebrow::umm1:um hopefully laying down?!:giggle::p

BellaVita
12-31-13, 08:06 PM
:eyebrow::umm1:um hopefully laying down?!:giggle::p

Laying down what? :p

Rebelyell
12-31-13, 08:11 PM
haha HAAAA boy isn't your mind just imaginative tonite bella?Wouldnt you love to know too?! hahahha Im pleading the 5th and keeping my lips sealed haa!

BellaVita
12-31-13, 08:11 PM
haha HAAAA boy isn't your mind just imaginative tonite bella?Wouldnt you love to know too?! hahahha Im pleading the 5th and keeping my lips sealed haa!

Lol I was just talking grammar :p

Rebelyell
12-31-13, 08:13 PM
ohh well uhhh ya ahem um ya I must be stuck in bs rhetoric mode from work still lol

Rebelyell
12-31-13, 08:14 PM
humiddahumiddahumiiddaaAA!

execfunc
12-31-13, 08:47 PM
I sleep terribly, for the most part. Since I was a kid, my circadian rhythm starts around noon, rather than in the morning like most people. I'm okay if I stay up until between 3-6 and then go to bed, but I can rarely do that, so I'm kind of at a loss. I've been taking Trazodone for years, but it only gets me to sleep for a about three hours, and then I wake up again, because the problem is my internal clock.

I've just recently begun keeping a sleep journal which I'm hoping to present to a sleep specialist upon referral from my doctor. I actually only learned about Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder the other day here on the forums, which is definitely what I have. I'm hoping to embark on melatonin/light therapy to address it. Going through life with ADHD and 4-6 hours (tops) of sleep each day is hellish.

As far as dreams go, I have pretty vivid ones, but they tend to get mixed up with my states of semi-wakefulness, since I rarely sleep soundly. Therefore, I often can't remember anything. Sometimes I have nice dreams about loved ones, alive and dead. Sometimes I have stressful work related dreams. Sometimes I have those cool dreams about being able to fly, or at least defy gravity.

Diony
12-31-13, 09:00 PM
Lol someone had their coffee! Who says caffeine isnt healthy needs to drink one! Lol

Rebelyell
12-31-13, 09:07 PM
WHo would that be I wonder?

pooka
12-31-13, 09:27 PM
I sleep very inconsistently. Some nights deeply and restfully, some nights with bizarre vivid dreams, some nights I can barely get to sleep at all.

I sleep a lot better if I exercise during the day.

dvdnvwls
12-31-13, 09:54 PM
Going to bed is something I'm not too good at.

After I get there, I sort of put my head on the pillow, zonk out, and see you tomorrow. Good at sleeping; bad at planning to sleep.

BellaVita
12-31-13, 11:31 PM
Going to bed is something I'm not too good at.

After I get there, I sort of put my head on the pillow, zonk out, and see you tomorrow. Good at sleeping; bad at planning to sleep.

Or maybe crazy night owl Floridians keep you awake :p

dvdnvwls
12-31-13, 11:36 PM
The best-laid plans o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-gley. :)

Diony
01-01-14, 06:27 PM
Whos done a sleep paid study?

Rebelyell
01-01-14, 06:30 PM
I don't sleep well at all or all I wanna do is sleep and then I **** my days off not doing the stuff I wanted to do.

MX2012
01-01-14, 08:13 PM
I sleep terribly, for the most part. Since I was a kid, my circadian rhythm starts around noon, rather than in the morning like most people. I'm okay if I stay up until between 3-6 and then go to bed, but I can rarely do that, so I'm kind of at a loss. I've been taking Trazodone for years, but it only gets me to sleep for a about three hours, and then I wake up again, because the problem is my internal clock.

I've just recently begun keeping a sleep journal which I'm hoping to present to a sleep specialist upon referral from my doctor. I actually only learned about Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder the other day here on the forums, which is definitely what I have. I'm hoping to embark on melatonin/light therapy to address it. Going through life with ADHD and 4-6 hours (tops) of sleep each day is hellish.

As far as dreams go, I have pretty vivid ones, but they tend to get mixed up with my states of semi-wakefulness, since I rarely sleep soundly. Therefore, I often can't remember anything. Sometimes I have nice dreams about loved ones, alive and dead. Sometimes I have stressful work related dreams. Sometimes I have those cool dreams about being able to fly, or at least defy gravity.

ExecFunc -- I can relate to your experience. The only difference is that while I am not really mentally awake until around 10am, I can force myself into a sleep pattern in order to "be awake" earlier.

When I was working, I had many jobs and the night shift ones were where I functioned best. When I got a full time day job. I force myself to go to bed at 8pm. I would also use various tactics to lull me to sleep like playing the same movie over and over again with the sound set at low. I would drink a cup of Ovaltine before I got into bed. Sometimes I would have a snack of like half a chicken sandwich (chicken and turkey are supposed to help you sleep). Etc. It seemed to work most of the time.

I, too, have vivid dreams or had them. As I have aged, they seem to get less and less frequent and less and less vivid.

Good luck with your sleep experiments.

MX2012
01-01-14, 08:18 PM
When i was a kid i used to dream more and remember them better and boy did i have some weird dreams and some dreams that were actually a dream i had in reality.

Having my own place
Driving
Going shopping

Just a few that reflected what i wished when i was awake

When i had a bad dream part of my concious would be there. I would have to lay down, close my eyes, and fall asleep in my dream to wake up.
I couldnt just wake up on my own.
Now? Im lucky if i can remember one, i toss and turn too much!

What are your experiences?

Hi Dionida:

I loved my vivid dreams once I felt I understood them. But, as I age, they seem to be less frequent and less vivid. I do feel that if I have one, I feel more refreshed in the morning.

I still have to have a bedtime routine to help me get to sleep which means playing a movie over and over on low and drinking a glass of milk.

The bed thing, like the mattress, the pillows, etc. You have to like them and also I think you have to find them comforting.

As I age, I don't always get a good night's sleep every night. I get a good night's sleep about every three nights. But, I think my bed routine still helps.

Good luck.

Conman
01-01-14, 09:12 PM
im terrible at going to sleep and waking up. but when im out i am OUT.

as a kid i would have a timer on my tv and i went to bed at some arbitrary little kid's bedtime, but i wouldnt fall asleep til it was after midnight. so i layed in bed watching tv, id black out, maybe dream and just wake up.

nowadays, i do melatonin on days i havnt been drinking or the other. either way tho i still take an hour probably to make my thoughts shut the **** up and let me sleep.

i naturally dont get tired until it's betwen 12am and 5am. i went to bed at 6:12 am once but that was under very different circumstances of socializing that i stayed up late to

Diony
01-01-14, 09:33 PM
Yeah magic hour for me is usually around 3am, i can fall asleep but my brain seems to wake up around then! Conman- that is a good gap of hours to wait to be sleepy!

Conman
01-01-14, 10:24 PM
didnt realize there was alot of dream talk going here as well. let's open up that box. my dreams have always been surreal and weird as long as i can remember. even my fun good dreams always have some aspect about them that is surreal (usually surreal displays of wealth or power). never actually had a nightmare. ive had plenty of disturbing dreams, dreams ive woken up from. but no full blown nightmares.

some disturbing enough dreams warrant me writing them out. i dont go for the whole dream analysis thing cuz personally, im kinda scared what would get said about some dreams i have. i dont have any control over what i dream but theyre always weird and surreal and i dont know why...so why?

Diony
01-02-14, 07:09 AM
How about when you know you have to wake up early so you sleep less but my brain wakes you up even earlier because its worried your alarm wont go off with the sound on and/or you wont hear it! Lol

MX2012
01-02-14, 04:58 PM
didnt realize there was alot of dream talk going here as well. let's open up that box. my dreams have always been surreal and weird as long as i can remember. even my fun good dreams always have some aspect about them that is surreal (usually surreal displays of wealth or power). never actually had a nightmare. ive had plenty of disturbing dreams, dreams ive woken up from. but no full blown nightmares.

some disturbing enough dreams warrant me writing them out. i dont go for the whole dream analysis thing cuz personally, im kinda scared what would get said about some dreams i have. i dont have any control over what i dream but theyre always weird and surreal and i dont know why...so why?

Hi Conman:

I used to be afraid of my dreams because they were threatening to me. But, as I took more of an observer role, I started to see familiar elements in the dreams and began to realize that my dreams were attempting to deal with my fears, insecurities, anxieties etc. Nowadays, I view my dreams like brain cleaner, just getting rid of unnecessary stuff.

Sometimes, I try to communicate with my dreams, I ask a question and hope a dream will provide some insight, sometimes this works.

Sweet dreams.

MX2012
01-02-14, 04:59 PM
How about when you know you have to wake up early so you sleep less but my brain wakes you up even earlier because its worried your alarm wont go off with the sound on and/or you wont hear it! Lol

Oh yeah, all the time. I have two alarms set and often wake up just before they go off.

Rebelyell
01-02-14, 05:01 PM
upside down like a vampire blah blah blah:D

Conman
01-02-14, 05:22 PM
Hi Conman:

I used to be afraid of my dreams because they were threatening to me. But, as I took more of an observer role, I started to see familiar elements in the dreams and began to realize that my dreams were attempting to deal with my fears, insecurities, anxieties etc. Nowadays, I view my dreams like brain cleaner, just getting rid of unnecessary stuff.

for starters i have 0 communication in my dreams. never had a lucid dream. ive had dreams within a dream tho (so i see myself waking up twice).

i can sense where some anxiety/insecurity comes from for some. but others are really just downright too weird or disturbing for me to identify with any thoughts i actually have. like my brain just construes a disturbing show without and provocation of my thoughts or whatever.

at this point i downright refuse to try and make any sense of any dreams i remember. im too terrified of what it could mean. ill just stick to writing them as i remember them, ive only written one in story form, the others might just serve as a litle paragraph of description to jog my memory. oddly enough i can still remember 3 dreams pretty vividly from 3 and 6ish years ago

sulfurousIo_4
01-02-14, 07:32 PM
Sleep? What is sleep? xD;

I've always been utter rubbish at sleeping. I take a while to get to sleep, especially if I'm already tense/twitchy all over (which happens a lot), and once I do, I am easily woken. During the time when I'm trying to get to sleep, any noise, even that of my own breathing, seems to be amplified about three times, meaning sudden noises can easily startle me right back to being wide awake again. Being startled like that can result in me going into one of those tense/twitchy states (sometimes to the point where it's actually painful and I start to feel ill), in which case I cannot sleep unless I get up and wait until it subsides. I usually wake up at least once in the night needing to go to the loo, and sometimes I become too twitchy after that to be able to sleep any more. All this can result in much less sleep than I'd rather get.

I also seem to be almost impervious to many sleeping aids, which just adds to the fun. Melatonin? Does nothing. 5-HTP? Mild effect, sometimes. Nytol? Mild effect, sometimes. Having some soothing music or white noise in the room can help by blocking out sounds, however.

As for dreams, well, I rather enjoy mine when I have them. They tend to range from slightly surreal to downright bonkers. Nightmares are rare, although as my dreams are vivid, they're pretty terrifying when they happen. I have a dream continuity in which I've learnt to levitate/fly, and one recurring theme involves being in London and trying to avoid Big Ben. (I suppose avoiding Big Ben relates to my sensitivity to sound? Maybe?)

janiew
01-02-14, 08:20 PM
I sleep luxuriously - cannot function without sleep. And I can sleep on coffee and Adderall. When I wake in the early morning occasionally due to RA pain, I will drink a couple of cups of coffee with milk and sugar and go back to sleep.

I dream while asleep. Occasionally, I experience a lucid dream that is prophetic to my situation. Very interesting when it happens and not always pretty but I am usually delighted and thankful.

Diony
01-03-14, 09:59 AM
Slept 9 hours yay me!
But i was sleep deprived!
Not the same as normal sleep!

slkrame
01-03-14, 03:47 PM
I like this page, easier to read then normal people's writing. All of our thoughts flow in such an odd way to someone without ADD or ADHD but to us it just works.