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Old 06-10-18, 04:01 PM
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Nightmares

So I took a nap right after work Friday. Laid down at 4pm. Thought I'd sleep for a few hours and wake up. I did not. I missed taking my medications. I take all of them at night because they are sedating.

I woke up at 4am from a bad nightmare. I was screaming in the dream and I'm not entirely sure I wasn't actually screaming. I cannot remember the last time I had a nightmare. I rarely remember my dreams.

I took my medications last night, however, this morning I woke up to another nightmare. I have no idea where this is coming from. The only thing that changed was me missing my medications the first night.

Has anyone experienced anything like this from missing a dosage of medications? This is getting old fast.

Non ADHD medications I am on: Celexa, Elavil, Klonopin, Risperdal, and Ambien.
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Old 06-10-18, 04:03 PM
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Re: Nightmares

This happens to me when I'm getting sick, my allergies are killing me,
or I'm getting a migraine.

Friday night the dream was intense, but not quite a nightmare despite
my ex being there at the end of it.

Saturday night, total nightmare, not over it yet. Bad migraine. Very bad.
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Re: Nightmares

We generally dream everytime we sleep. But we're more likely to remember those dreams when we fail to enter the deeper stages of REM. You probably failed to enter the final stages, because you're used to the sedative effects of the medication and your body was withdrawing from it.


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Re: Nightmares

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I was screaming in the dream and I'm not entirely sure I wasn't actually screaming.
Was it an episode of sleep paralysis? I get that from time to time. Nightmares can often be from increased norepinephrine levels. And also from disturbed sleep cycles.
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Re: Nightmares

No paralysis. I was able to move as soon as I woke up.

I guess you could say my sleep cycle is disturbed. Abnormal at best. I can't go to sleep and once I do I can't get up. Also noted by sleeping for 12 straight hours. If I only sleep 8 hours or so on the weekdays I sleep all of Saturday. But without my medications I can lay in bed for hours on end and not fall asleep. The only reason I was able to fall asleep Friday was essentially, to my body, from sleep deprivation of 6-8 hours of sleep during the week. I just assume it's fibro related.

Dreaming is part of the sleep cycle. It's just rare for me to remember a dream. And even rarer is me having a nightmare. It's probably been years as far as I'm aware.
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Was it an episode of sleep paralysis? I get that from time to time. Nightmares can often be from increased norepinephrine levels. And also from disturbed sleep cycles.
I get sleep paralysis too though not as often as I did when I was younger. I absolutely hate it when it happens. I didn't know it had to do with norepinephrine (or is that just nightmares?)
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It's just rare for me to remember a dream. And even rarer is me having a nightmare. It's probably been years as far as I'm aware.
Interesting! I think most people will often vaguely remember some dreams from time to time, though the memories fade pretty quickly.

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I get sleep paralysis too though not as often as I did when I was younger. I absolutely hate it when it happens. I didn't know it had to do with norepinephrine (or is that just nightmares?)
Oh, I just meant that increased norepinephrine is associated with increased dreaming (and nightmares).

I think sleep paralysis is more associated with a disrupted sleep cycle (your brain wakes up from sleep before your body does).
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No paralysis. I was able to move as soon as I woke up.

I guess you could say my sleep cycle is disturbed. Abnormal at best. I can't go to sleep and once I do I can't get up. Also noted by sleeping for 12 straight hours. If I only sleep 8 hours or so on the weekdays I sleep all of Saturday. But without my medications I can lay in bed for hours on end and not fall asleep. The only reason I was able to fall asleep Friday was essentially, to my body, from sleep deprivation of 6-8 hours of sleep during the week. I just assume it's fibro related.

Dreaming is part of the sleep cycle. It's just rare for me to remember a dream. And even rarer is me having a nightmare. It's probably been years as far as I'm aware.
I have needed about 9 hours of sleep for as long as I can remember.
When I'm having a Fibro Flare I sleep for 10-11 hours
unless my hips hurt too bad to sleep at all.
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