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Old 06-26-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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For the last few months, I have had trouble falling asleep. Once I fall asleep, I have extremely vivid dreams/nightmares and wake up completely covered in sweat at least once every night. On a number of occasions, I have had to change my clothes and sleep in a different place because of how wet my clothes and bedding are. The dreams themselves have been so realistic that I have to convince myself they weren't real every time I wake up. And they've just been awful and full of anxiety and they're making me not even want to fall asleep in the first place.

I have migraines and take a number of medications but I haven't changed any of the medicines in the last six months. It was happening occasionally at first, but for the last month it has happened every night. Because of this, sleeping is no longer refreshing and I wake up more tired than I was before I fell asleep. Please help!
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:03 AM   #2
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I would run through all of your medications' information sheets and search them online to see if any have "vivid dreams" listed as side effects. Even though nothing's changed in several months, since the frequency has been increasing, it's possible that this is a result of longterm build-up in your system.

A lot of things can cause vivid dreams, ranging from medications to medical conditions (diabetes) to diet to hormonal imbalance (not necessarily just "female") to vitamin imbalance (excess vitamin B6).

If you do a search on vivid dreams causes, the articles that turn up may give you a clue as to your possible cause(s), which you can then take to your doctor.

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Old 10-17-2012, 07:26 AM   #3
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Vivid dreams, sweating can be indicators of numerous health conditions, please don't panic but seek professional assessment. After some years I have been diagnosed with REM sleep behavior disorder the symptoms being precisely as you describe. I am so damned exhausted during the day I can hardly function now. I am being seen by a neurologist here in N Ireland who suspects that I have Parkinson's disease or something falling under that umbrella as I also have some cognitive decline, movement problems and tremor.
What I am trying to say is not to let this condition go without followup. Previous reply is spot on, it could be medications or something very simple but in hindsight I wish I had sourced medical advice earlier. Try this link.


On a lighter note I save a fortune on pyjamas. LOL

Good Luck

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