NIGHTMARES and NIGHT TERRORS, do you still get them?

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    Jan 06, 2010 5:00 AM GMT
    Anybody else still get these every so often?

    I have had some REALLY horrible nightmare before in which i wake up in such a state of fear that i don't want to move, i don't want to close my eyes, but the darkness frightens me as well. :/

    i just had what is called a night terror on Sunday as well.

    I couldn't have been asleep for more then 15 minutes and i woke up in sheer terror thinking that i wasn't alone, breathing heavy, bad images in my head. and i even woke my roommate up from my screaming in my sleep.

    I wasn't sure if i had actually screamed or that was part of the dream, but i asked him just a few hours ago and he said i woke him up.

    All i remember was screaming, not being able to open my eyes or move my body (sleep paralysis), and then being awake scared out of my mind :/

    I just lied there scared to move, my cat got a little riled but she helped calm me, i just pet her till i fell asleep.

    IT SUCKS!!!!!
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    Jan 06, 2010 6:35 AM GMT
    I only have bad dreams. It's unfortunate. Maybe I have good or weird dreams, but I never remember them if I do. All my dreams are just nightmares. I usually either get abandoned by everyone, fall off of something, or get stung by bees (especially down in the throat for some reason). There have been plenty of nights where I wake up sweating like crazy and it terror. You aren't alone.
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    Jan 06, 2010 6:36 AM GMT
    I wish I had such vivid dreams! Mine are mostly realistic situations... Deja Vu type things. And I rarely remember them ten minutes after I wake.

    But I do have the memory of a goldfish.... Don't ask me any pop culture trivia... I've probably heard, I probably don't remember.
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    Jan 06, 2010 6:40 AM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier saidI wish I had such vivid dreams! Mine are mostly realistic situations... Deja Vu type things. And I rarely remember them ten minutes after I wake.

    But I do have the memory of a goldfish.... Don't ask me any pop culture trivia... I've probably heard, I probably don't remember.


    ugh, it's horrible remembering this nightmare, the only thing i remember from the dream is that my best friend was what was the terrifying aspect of the dream, i remember he had a distorted mouth and was laughing.



    @ heyitsdanx: it sucks doesn't it lol, you know what i'm goin' through, three days later and the images still incite a little fear/ wonder.
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    Jan 06, 2010 6:41 AM GMT
    I used to get very bad night terrors, to the point where I'd be afraid to go to bed at night. I was really embarrassed by this for some reason, so I never sought help for it (well, I did tell my current bf at the time, but he didn't seem to care too much). And one day, I just stopped having them; I was going through a lot at the time, so I think it was related to stress.
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    Jan 06, 2010 7:04 AM GMT
    When I was young, between the ages of 4-12 or so, I would wake up screaming thinking I was being torn apart by wolves or dogs. Then when I got the upper bunk bed, I thought I was safe and then the grizzly bears came. I didn't have them very often until my first relationship when I was 21. My bf got knocked across the room a couple times trying to wake me up from them. I've only had a few since then that I remember.
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    Jan 06, 2010 7:05 AM GMT
    I used to have some terrifying dreams when I was younger, I used to fight out my dreams some nights and unfortunately hurt a few people, I used to remember them all incredibly clearly and would often wake up dripping in sweat and absolute terrified, in tears and unable to go back to sleep.

    Thankfully in the last few years they've all but gone now and I rarely have a bad dream, I get them occasionally, but thankfully I no longer fight out in them and no one gets hurt anymore..

    I am getting wet dreams a lot more lately which is irritating
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    Jan 06, 2010 7:10 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidI used to have some terrifying dreams when I was younger, I used to fight out my dreams some nights and unfortunately hurt a few people, I used to remember them all incredibly clearly and would often wake up dripping in sweat and absolute terrified, in tears and unable to go back to sleep.

    Thankfully in the last few years they've all but gone now and I rarely have a bad dream, I get them occasionally, but thankfully I no longer fight out in them and no one gets hurt anymore..

    I am getting wet dreams a lot more lately which is irritating


    ouch lol, to alleviate the wet dreams we will just have to have sex every night before bed icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 06, 2010 7:31 AM GMT
    My most vivid dreams, unfortunately, are nightmares. Most often, those dreams start off with another person or a group of people killing someone close to me, me running for my life in areas that are known to me (i.e. my grandma's house, my OWN house, etc.), and there's always a sequence where I graphically kill the "murderers."

    I hate those dreams not because they terrify me, but because of the perceived reality of it leaving me actually wondering if such an event took place.
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    Jan 06, 2010 7:38 AM GMT
    Ah yes, the good ol' sleep paralysis. Before I knew what this was it was downright crippling fear of an unknown presence when it was happening. I don't think I can feel more scared of anything it was so crippling. I think this is true of most things you feel while asleep, everything I tend to feel when I'm asleep (sadness, happiness, fear etc) seems to be amplified to some absurd level, and it's always great to feel things that intense.

    However, once I learned what it was I seemed to be able to suppress the fear fairly effectively. It still happens often enough, but it seems like I can keep the fear largely in check and supporessed to hwere it isn't really a problem at all, although I can always feel it 'trying' to build up.

    My pet theory is that possibly inhibition mechanisms don't work the same when you're asleep and there's some kind of crazy reccursive feedback, but that can perhaps be consciously inhibited to some degree.

    It seems also, when I'm in that condition, any spots where 'pressure' is on my body (based on sleeping posittion) get a weird uncomfrotable tingly feeling that can get downright unbearable until I can snap out of it.


    Have you had it for long? Is it not commonly the case that once you know what it is, you can suppress it? I would be anxious of going to sleep if I couldn't supporess the fear with as much as it happens to me.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 06, 2010 7:56 AM GMT
    I don't have those kind of nightmares, but I did when I was younger.. not regularly, but I can remember having them.

    What I find fascinating, is dreams (that aren't nightmares particularly) that focus on time growing up. Suddenly there I am in 4th grade again reliving (in absolute correct detail) events. The smells of the lunchroom, the sounds of doors closing, teachers walking down the hall... things that I haven't thought about, but there it is, in perfect detail. I wake up, stunned, like I had a trip back in time.

    I've told a couple of childhood friends about a couple of them, they are amazed that I even recall it.
  • mcwclewis

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    Jan 06, 2010 8:08 AM GMT
    I had one I wrote down about a week ago. i'll copy and paste it.

    Sitting in auditorium filled with the most random of people, I think to myself "Where the hell did my shoes go?"

    I decide to forget about it and enjoy the show. The group is "Imani Winds" (a group I saw in reality for school) One of the girls came and talked to me after they played, though Im not sure about what. Another performer begins a song on the piano, he plays "One way or Another" by Blondie. Everyone thinks it's a riot, myself included. (Just now realizing the signifance of the song)

    Then there's one of those time-warp things that sometimes happen in dreams. Something involving me talking to some of the people near me, friends and whatnot, but time progresses.

    Suddenly people begin rushing out of the auditorium. Blood starts spraying everywhere as group of ravenous creatures rush in, tearing people apart. They look like zombies, with red-tinted skin, as if the blood in their veins was trying to burst out. Their eyes are glazed, some white, some feral, like a cat. I end up in some strange part of the building, not sure where exactly, though it looks like a bathroom/locker room shower. I hide for a while, hearing these zombies rushing past the door, tearing things apart looking for more human flesh. There are screams coming from every angle.

    I make it out of the building, somehow. I see a thick feild of tall grass and run for it tripping over rocks and grass, still shoeless, thinking it will provide a good hiding spot. As I get about ten feet from the grass, I realize it's not a field... its like 2 feet thick, though it stretches out quite a distance.... like a wall of grass. Upon this realization, I also see a massive group of these zombies rushing towards the building, and some start heading parallel to the grass, in my general direction. I know they're going to see me, so I try my best to fit my body into the thin grass wall to hide. As they come rushing down, the first few run right past me, I feel safe, until I turn to my left and see that three of them are crashing through the grass, headed right towards me.

    They catch me. One digs its claws into my arm, tearing my bicep from the bone. Another comes down on my head, ripping the skin from my face, while the third punctures my ribs. They tear my body apart and I feel it as if it's really happening... complete and utter torture.

    Somehow Im not dead. I find my way to a house that has clearly already been torn apart, but still standing. I walk in to find that a group of people has found their way in and is using the house as refuge. There is a family there, and a few other random people. They tell me I'm welcome and tell me I'd be sharing a room with another guy about my age, and point to a young guy sitting on a torn up couch. He looks to be a little younger, probably 19 or 20, shirtless. It looked as if his clothes had been torn up and clawed. He seems nice, and very good looking.

    Some days pass (again, it feels like this time was actually happening) and this guy and I are talking on the couch. He's still wearing the torn up clothes and the scratches in his skin look like they're not healing at all. He puts his hand on my arm, gets up, and starts leading me up the stairs. About half way up, he looks at me, and leans in to kiss me. It was pretty awesome... I wont lie. He starts kissing my neck and chest, slowly moving down. As he gets to about my bellybutton area, his skin starts to look sickly, I gently press my hand against his chin to press his face upward, he looks sick. As I open my mouth to tell him that he should lie down, his eyes start to change color, his skin darkens, and his teeth sharpen. He lunges forward to bite me, I grab him by the hair and chin, pinning his arms behind my back. I try to talk it out of him, convince him to fight it, but clearly it doesn't work that way. I instinctively know that I'm about to die, so I do the only thing I can do, kill him first. I twist his head and use all of my strength to sever his spine, leaving him lying lifeless on top of me, his skin pigment returned to normal. I start to cry

    I wake up.


    I fell back asleep later, and part 2 begins.


    Im driving down route 48 towards my parents house. I reach the spot right next to the dam, before the golf course. Theres a ton of overgrowth taking over the sides of the road, and for some reason a chain-link fence blocking off the road. I turn back and see that my boss has pulled up behind me. I ask him if he knows whats going on and he says. "It must be about the apple juice." (WHAT!?)

    A few construction vehicles pull up and tells us we need to leave, but my car disappeared somehow, and so did my boss. A cop pulls up and says I can't leave until I've been sterilized, something to do with an outbreak of a virus or something. He brings me to some kind of police stationish place and into a showering area, where a bunch of naked cops are showering (?) For some reason my brother is a cop but he's in a different area, I just know this somehow. Hot cop is there, but he doesnt look like he does in real life. He washes my junk for me, for some reason... it wasn't erotic at all, like it was just a kind gesture to help me get clean. I dont get it.

    Suddenly we all have shorts on somehow, but we're still in the shower area. My brother comes in and everyone has these little cannisters that kind of look like sifters for confectioners sugar or flour. Apparently it's a stimulant of some kind that the cops use to give them an edge against.... don't know, everyone got quiet like Im not supposed to know (its the zombies from the previous dream) Hot cop offers me some, I figure, hey, if the cops are doing it... whatever. So i take this can of crap and inhale it. I can feel the effects of it almost instantly. Its what i imagine a cocaine-opium high would be ( in the dream, I dont know for sure but I dont think its an accurate description of the feeling I got from it) Someone mentions finding a kid dead on a straiway in an old house, that didnt look like he was killed by...... silence again. I start to cry.

    I wake up.

    im up for about two hours and finally fall back asleep

    Part 3. A pure music video. Nuclear weaponry, people screamiing in agony. A mushroom cloud appears, and and outline of a handing pointing upwards flashes in the middle of it, a frame to a window of black and white flames. All of the buildings from the previous dreams were shown burning. I wish I could write music, and remember the whole song.... it was brutal.
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    Jan 06, 2010 8:16 AM GMT
    I used to have nightmares of Michael Myers chasing me wherever I went. I used to fly to get away from him, but he would always be there waiting for me. I would wake up sweating, heart pounding.
    One recurring nightmare I have these days is applying for job after job, which I'm perfectly qualified for, but never getting called for interviews. I call to check the status of my application, but don't get callbacks either. Oh wait, those aren't dreams. I'm awake when that happens. Still a nightmare though. ;)
  • Bunjamon

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    Jan 06, 2010 8:32 AM GMT
    I've never had a night terror, but I did have a nightmare that left me sitting up in my bed last night (for the first time in years, and my friends all said, "Pshh, that only happens in the movies!"). Finals stress, I guess!

    Thankfully I can separate the fear I experience in a dream from reality, and after I wake up I rarely have a lingering sensation of fear. And I rarely start dreaming the same thing once I fall back asleep, so nothing to worry about!
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    Jan 06, 2010 1:56 PM GMT
    It sounds like that OP had a real night terror and not a nightmare. The two are different.
    Night terrors (parvor nocturnus) occur during non REM sleep and in the first third of the night. The individual sits up with an expression of terror, emits a piercing scream, and appears frightened and inconsolable. He usually displays autonomic arousal with rapid breathing, tachycardia, sweating, dilated pupils, and increased muscle tone. He also looks awake, but typically is unresponsive to environmental stimuli, and if awakened, is disoriented and confused. Complete or partial amnesia for the dream occurs. Sleep paralysis or sleep walking may occur. Attacks represent partial arousals from deep sleep and may be triggered by sleep-disruptive phenomena, such as untreated apneas, periodic limb movements, pain, full bladder, and environmental noise. There is a strong genetic component and the problem runs in families. The prevalence of sleep terrors has been reported between 1 and 7 percent in children and in two percent of adults. Treatment is to avoid sleep deprivation, minimizing the use of medications that may fragment sleep. The benzo group of drugs especially Klonopin is helpful to treat the problem.
    Nightmares occur during REM sleep. As they unfold, nightmare dream sequences become increasingly more threatening and disturbing. Dream content most frequently involves imminent danger; attacks or pursuit are common themes. Fear and/or anxiety are the most frequent emotions associated with nightmares; sadness, anger, and dysphoria are also frequently reported. In contrast to sleep terrors, nightmares are not associated with confusion or disorientation, and the individual is able to relate dream content as well as associated fear and anxiety upon awakening. Multiple classes of drugs may trigger nightmares. Withdrawal from REM-suppressing medications, such as SSRI's, tricyclic antidepressants, sleeping pills, and alcohol, may precipitate nightmares or increase the severity of nightmares. I know individuals that were started on certain blood pressure and asthma medications that developed unpleasant vivid dreams. Testosterone in high doses has been reported to cause vivid dreams. Nightmares may be associated with psychiatric problems especially post traumatic stress syndrome.However, most nightmare sufferers are without any psychiatric history. Reducing stress may reduce nightmares. Psychotherapy and certain medications can be used for individuals with severe nightmares.

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    Jan 06, 2010 2:07 PM GMT
    I stopped having night terrors in college. The last one I recall, I was sleeping with my bf at the time. I remember it freaking him out as much as it did me. He could not wake me, even though I was apparently asking for help in my sleep.

    Night terrors are truly horrible. I still do not know what triggered their end. They are really hard to describe verbally to anyone that has never had one. They are definitely not nightmares, which can be horrbile; but the terrors seem to go that one step further.

    Yes, the hardest part is being in that in-between state where you would swear on your life that you're wide awake and you're being overwhelmed with doom (for lack of a better word). Suffocating and speechless. I remember those being the most terrifying and defining parts of mine.

    When I was old enough to understand them better, I blamed most of it on my homelife as a kid. That didn't really explain why they continued well into my college years though. /shrug

    I wish I could offer some type of advice, but I never really beat the damn things or received any type of help for them...so good luck kicking them. They will stop.
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    Jan 06, 2010 3:53 PM GMT
    Most night mares are the brains way of dealing with stress.
    The best way to alleviate them is to tone down the stress in your life; also, be aware of what you’re eating before bed time as some chemicals such as caffeine and Theobromine (chocolate) can have an effect.
    As DarkNight has pointed out Night-Terrors are a more serious affliction and should not be ignored. But they are also most often connected to stress and certain pharmaceuticals.
    My niece at age 7 had Night-terrors that turned out to be cause by the anti-seizure meds she was on.
    Good luck and sweet dreams.
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    I had some last week. The first one, I was buried alive in a small coffin. It felt soo real, The tempeture starting to rise,sweat rolling down my face and body. My heart rate started to rise as I tried to scratch my way through the damn wooden thing. Then, I woke up and could still feel my heart racing. but what do you know, As soon as I closed my eyes I was slowly being crushed by an elevator. Sighh...icon_rolleyes.gif


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    Jan 06, 2010 4:16 PM GMT
    I just dreamed our building had concierge service and wake up calls...

    If you're taking any meds, weird dreams could be a side effect.
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:25 PM GMT
    i get them all the time. i think its due to my drinking habits.
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    Jan 06, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    SeaSon saidI just dreamed our building had concierge service and wake up calls...

    If you're taking any meds, weird dreams could be a side effect.


    nope no Meds. As a few ppl have stated try are (or someone they know it on meds) and that can make someone have them. Especially the anti-seizure medicide.

    Another is anti-anxiety I think. I looked it all up before I posted lol. I wanted to know what could have caused it.
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    Jan 06, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    yes I do... and I hate it.