Night Terrors

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    Jan 09, 2011 11:40 AM GMT
    Anyone here experience them? And did you look into it with a doctor?
    I just had one and although I do remember the dream I would rather not say, but lets just say I woke up gasping for air and crying....

    I hope this isn't the start of something and JUST an isolated incident. Oddly enough it was about jellyfish...and if I do remember I called someone on here in the 'What animal do you think the guy above is" thread a type of jellyfish..

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    Jan 09, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
    About two years back I experienced night terrors. The dreams would always have the same thing happen. Everything would freeze, go black and white. A stinging ringing noise would start and I would feel pressure on my chest. I would then suddenly wake up gasping for air as if I was choking.
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    Jan 09, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    Both of you just perfectly described sleep paralysis. Google it. It's quite common. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 09, 2011 2:52 PM GMT
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    Jan 09, 2011 2:52 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidBoth of you just perfectly described sleep paralysis. Google it. It's quite common. icon_wink.gif


    Yeah, I already checked it out when they started.
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    Jan 09, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
    Usually, I would think that most night terrors are just an isolated incident, though sometimes, if it is reoccurring, I've heard that it might be an underlying cause, such as unfulfilled desires or needs, unexpressed stress or feelings, stuff like that.

    I wouldn't worry about it too much, because every person experiences night terrors once in their life. If it becomes reoccurring, do some self-reflecting, and if needed, talk to a doctor about it. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 09, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    Never really had repeated night terrors but nightmares yea....

    I've also had dreams within dreams and it was really hard to get up...Then I'd hear this buzzing noise as soon as I was aware that something wasn't right....
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    Jan 09, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    as far as i know, i havnt experianced any, considering no one has told me when i woke up that i was freaking out.
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    Jan 09, 2011 4:38 PM GMT
    Fivealive saidNever really had repeated night terrors but nightmares yea....

    I've also had dreams within dreams and it was really hard to get up...Then I'd hear this buzzing noise as soon as I was aware that something wasn't right....


    Same here. The dreams within dreams are the worst.
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    Jan 09, 2011 4:43 PM GMT
    I have had this most of my life.

    I started getting this as a child and it would frighten me always. So much so I had to move my bed away from any mirrors because one time I saw myself in the mirror with my eyes open but unable to move.

    I get this just into my sleep and I get it as I am trying to wake up. Only a few times have I come out of it with my eyes open and I can tell you it is one of the most strangest feelings because you do see things that aren't there and then your brain then tries to make sense of them.

    For me I would get them more frequently when I was working right up until bedtime or in college when my events were late in the evening (10 or 11 p.m.). I would get them nightly when I was 19. Most of that was due to the long work schedule with hard labor, coupled with heavy training for cross country. I also have something with my chest around my heart that tends to lock my lungs up. I was put on some meds for that which actually changed my personality (made me a zombie) and I honestly have forgot a whole week of my life. I don't recall having any episodes but I didn't like being drugged up.

    At any rate I realized after studying about it that all the symptoms made sense. It was my body making hormones to keep my adrenaline going and then when I went to sleep the hormones would flood in to put me to sleep. It just made my body go to sleep but not my mind.

    I still have these and I can easily get myself out of the paralysis. I trained myself to jerk my jaw to the side and that is enough of electric pulse to wake my body up. Then I go into a lit room and wake up enough so that I can go back to sleep. If I don't then I slip right back into it again and sometimes would repeat it for half an hour or more.

    I just get nervous as I get older that my heart might not be able to take such shocks to my system. It is why I don't get panicky anymore and do my best to calmly handle it as best as I can.
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    Jan 09, 2011 4:47 PM GMT
    Don't read the RJ Forums before bedtime.
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    Jan 09, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    had it, holistic medicine, done

    don't take psychological drugs! even if you're doctor prescribes them. just fucks you up even more. i only take anti biotics and stuff like that
  • spinker

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    Jan 09, 2011 5:34 PM GMT
    i've had these all my life.. in fact now they don't even bother me because i know they are just nothing. but i don't recall a dream, i'm always paralyzed and filled with terror and usually have the feeling "something" evil is near me.
    i don't think they are anything to worry about.
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    Jan 09, 2011 5:53 PM GMT
    Some drugs, both pharmaceutical and recreational, cause night terrors as a side effect.
  • menhot4u

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    Jan 09, 2011 5:58 PM GMT
    Had them for years when I was younger about flying, escaping or falling, after I came out they went away until my early 30's. When they came back instead of flying or falling it became snakes (which I am terrifyed of) and almost every other night.
    I have always been plagued with sinus issues and would snore like a freight train to the point it was damaging my relationship so I went to the dr, they ran several test an determined I had sleep apnea. It was one of the last things they tested me for because normally it is diagnosed in overweight people of which I have never been. They fitted me with the breathing machine and then I finally had surgery to remove my soft pallet and restructure my nasal passage. No more snoring and little to no night terrors unless I am stressed and or exhausted. Most of my dreams now are in vivid color and very peaceful. According the the Drs they believe the night terrors could have been my body's way to shock me into waking up an breathing.
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    Jan 09, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    I experienced a really terrifying episode of sleep paralysis only once in my life...the first time I had taken a trip of any length by myself...in this case to Europe...Germany, Austria and Italy.

    I was carrying around too much luggage and constantly in stress for making train schedules, getting to hotels etc. Also, this was a pretty long trip, over three weeks, and I was getting increasingly lonely.

    I mention that as background to when I was actually going to meet my closest friend who had come over on business in Innsbruck, while I took a train from Florence, which would arrive near midnight. The train I took was stopped because of a train wreck...and I got in to Innsbruck two hours late...and of course my friend had given up. But the thing was, he had a hotel...and here I was in Innsbruck without a plan, luggage in a monster thunderstorm too.

    I finally got into a hotel...fell asleep, and then sometime in the middle of that sleep...thought I had woken up looking at the ceiling, unable to move. All I could do was open my eyes and breathe. I started to panic. I was sure I was asleep and it was a dream....and tried to relax. And I did fall back asleep and woke up normally. (I did meet my friend the next day, as we did have a backup plan).

    I thought it was a nightmare, but now I know it was an episode of sleep paralysis.
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    Jan 09, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    Started getting them as an early teen and were deeply rooted in the stress caused by my sexual orientation and family acceptance and religious upbringing.

    I've been through dreams where I'm locked in cages with monsters to human heads covering my bedroom floor to the ugliest most hideous faces imaginable leaning over my bed, I can't begin to describe.

    They have continued to this day and I can even guess when I'm about to have them, during, and particularly after, highly stressful situations such as work, money problems or social acceptance situations. I used to let my room mates know my "terror alert status" as a joke.

    Dreams help the body cope with waking life and night terrors are no different. Your subconscious is attempting to prepare you for seriously stressful situations it thinks you are going through.

    That's all I have for you, except that they start lose their luster over time. I'm so used to them now that when I start seeing hallucinations of creepy things in my half-sleep, half awake state that I don't even care. Hopefully you don't keep getting them, but stress management is key.
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    Jan 09, 2011 6:35 PM GMT
    I don't recall what kind of dream I had....but I remember waking up n not being able to move or yell...s if someone was restraining me....then everything went back to normal....
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    Jan 09, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    IsmeIvan saidI don't recall what kind of dream I had....but I remember waking up n not being able to move or yell...s if someone was restraining me....then everything went back to normal....



    That's been my form of night terrors... Its like your mind is awake, but your body is not... That's why its hard to yell.. When that occurs my dreams usually revolve around being abducted by Aliens... Cliche, I know... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 10, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    Time to see if it was a one time thing icon_smile.gif ... icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 10, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    This is a nightmare.. not a night terror


    night terrors are unaccompanied by dreams... you wake up from slow-wave sleep in a state of panic, go back to sleep and do not remember the episode mostly

    nightmares are actual dreams that really scare you

    Dreams are usually about unconscious fears or wishes... were you ever stung by a jellyfish as a child? watched somebody who got stung by one? Was told a horrible story about one? If you experienced this as a child.. the anxiety caused in childhood may not have been completely dealt with (for example, you might have gotten scared, but told yourself that its bad to be afraid, and repressed it into the subconscious), and is resurfacing now in the dreams and stuff
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    Jan 10, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
    I've had sleep paralysis before and have hallucinated while it was happening. I saw an old man standing in the hallway by my room and was able to notice every detail imaginable. Crazy stuff.
  • allatonce

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    Jan 10, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    I used to get really bad night terrors. Apparently I terrified my parents. Now I often get sleep paralysis. Very scary feeling.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jan 10, 2011 1:49 AM GMT
    You psychologist would ask, how is everything else in your life?