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Hi there. I can relate to a lot of what you say. I think taking control of your dream is not very common but is highly advised. People with ptsd have frequent nightmares and no we try to encourage them to turn their dreams into something less distressful. Another common theme is patterns or the same dream happening throughout life. I know I have certain dreams when I am under stress or anxious about something. I would be skeptical of someone telling you exactly what the dream means, because ultimately we do not know. For the most part, they are random and make no sense at all. You may want to have a sleep study done to see your brain activity while sleeping. Sleep walking can be very dangerous. I hope this helps.
Makes sense. You don't hit that deep sleep and so not getting restful sleep. As far as the vivid dreams, I think that is just your nature. Some people never remember their dreams, others can recall every dream. You may also want to look into hypnogogic hallucinations and see if this is an issue with you, because it is for me.
We need to make the distinction between vivid dreams and nightmare. Usually nightmares are triggered by some trauma. That is why there is a high correlation between ptsd and nightmares. If we are just talking about vivid dreams then that can typically be normal. I would look at the reason for needing a sedative. Too much caffeine? Poor sleep hygiene? or is it due to your circadian rhythm?
Well, I think it might be time for an accurate sleep study. As a therapist, we usually work on sleep hygiene, routines, decreasing stimulants, working on anxiety, low stimulation etc. THese are all behavioral things you can do. However, because heavy doses of meds are not working for you then we should figure out if there is anything physiological causing the sleep disturbance. So, I say start with a good sleep study and go from there. No sense in taking some of these addictive drugs that only increases your tolerance and makes you rely on more and more. What do you think?
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