• over 2 years ago

    Complicated dreams keeping me from feeling rested.

    Hey everyone,

    This is sort of new to me but wanted to see if anyone has heard of this before. I generally have no problem falling asleep although I have restless nights every now and then. My brain is generally overactive and I struggled with an anxiety and panic disorder but that doesn't usually give me issues with falling asleep.

    However, lately even though I do fall asleep quickly, my dreams are long and complicated and I can feel that they are making my brain work full force to solve the "problems" in them. I wake up exhausted and stressed out as if I didn't sleep at all.

    Has anyone ever heard of this? Its not really like insomnia because I am sleeping but my brain just won't shut down. What can I do?

    I currently am working at my first desk job that is mentally taxing, the dreams I have are usually work related but I don't particularly feel stressed out about my work and I like the challenge. I just need to learn how to tire my brain out or get it to shut down for bed, this is driving me nuts.

Responses

  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Complicated dreams keeping me from feeling rested.

    Suggest you bring this to the attention of your doctor. You may be confusing dreams as the problem, when there's something else possibly going on.

    Dreams are the REM stage of sleep. REM typically follows the preceding NREM stages, which are usually the most physically restorative. So the fact that you are dreaming is a very good thing.

    This is separate issue from the content of your dreams, which even if disturbing, does show your sleep system is functioning. You can safely let the content of your dreams go, as they are only dreams. They cannot hurt you.

    The unrefreshing sleep is the matter to have checked out. This typically is a red flag for sleep apnea. That is treatable, but see your doc.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Complicated dreams keeping me from feeling rested.

    Ugh! I hate work dreams. When I wake up, to go to work, I'm already tired. I have anxiety issues too. One thing that really works for me is 5htp. I take one before bed and sleep really well. Melatonin supplements help too. Your job, being new, is probably the cause of your dream anxiety. So be patient.
    You might also try setting up your dreams to be what you want. They say we dream to solve problems, and sort things out, from our waking lives. So set them up to deal with another issue. Like dating, or friends, or organizing your home.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Complicated dreams keeping me from feeling rested.

    Many years ago, I dream about struggling in Vietnam War as a Marine infantry. My alarm wokes me up at 5:00 AM for the first-shift work at 6:30 AM. I felt exhausted to go to work at factory assembly-line. It went on for a couple of weeks. I thought it was PTSD, and I started to jog although exhausted. It went away. I wonder this stratagies may help.
  • 7 months ago

    RE: Complicated dreams keeping me from feeling rested.

    Hi- Did you ever find a cure to this? I have the same problem