Bad dreams every night

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marta1234

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Bad dreams every night
« on: April 05, 2020, 08:59:39 PM »
Hi, so I know that maybe this has been talked about in other posts, but I don't know if I'm having the same thing as everyone else.

So, every time I go to sleep I have a dream, sometimes they are actual nightmares, but most times they are just dreams where I feel scared all the time, the same fear that I felt when I was young. This has been going on for months now, from the moment that I started acknowledging my past and emotions. The dreams sometimes mirror past life situations, but most times it's just a mix.
However, I'm realizing that I'm (the littles) are becoming more and more scared to sleep and become anxious when I start to feel like sleeping. But tbh, going to sleep has always been a fear of mine because of the conditions I have been: as painful as this is, most of my life I had my bed in my b's bedroom, so I was always afraid of making noise.

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Re: Bad dreams every night
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2020, 01:04:39 AM »
Just a thought: would it help at all to sleep somewhere else, like on a couch or make a soft nest on the floor?

Here are a couple of articles about sleep:
https://www.beautyafterbruises.org/blog/nighttime101
https://www.beautyafterbruises.org/blog/nighttime201

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marta1234

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Re: Bad dreams every night
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2020, 06:51:42 AM »
Thank you notalone for your insight.  :)
I have tried sleeping on a couch or another bed, but it doesnít change anything. I actually sleep worse.

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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2020, 02:12:06 PM »
There is a concept called lucid dreaming, where you control your dreams while asleep. With practice, anyone can learn how. Here's one article, but if you Google "lucid dreaming" there are many others.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-to-control-your-dreams_n_6296526

If you try this I'd be interested to hear about the outcome.
 :heythere:

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Re: Bad dreams every night
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2020, 02:47:25 PM »
There is a concept called lucid dreaming, where you control your dreams while asleep. With practice, anyone can learn how. Here's one article, but if you Google "lucid dreaming" there are many others.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-to-control-your-dreams_n_6296526

If you try this I'd be interested to hear about the outcome.
 :heythere:

I know someone who can do that.  I've tried it a few times.  I haven't had much success, but it does sound wonderful, doesn't it? 

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2020, 12:57:00 AM »
After starting to have bad dreams again after many years of not having them, I brushed up on this and am now back to being able to control the direction my dreams go. It's do-able with practice and persistence.

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marta1234

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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2020, 04:33:13 AM »
Thank you 3R and Bach for your input.
Question though, I feel like writing in detail my dreams will be traumatizing, and the site says that you have to journal to become aware. How did you do it?
Anyway, thank you for the idea, Iíll be trying it out. I was starting to feel hopeless. :)

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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2020, 03:27:04 PM »
Hmmm... If you feel it would retraumatize you, I wouldn't do it without someone to help guide you thru it. Do you have a helpful therapist?

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marta1234

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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2020, 04:38:10 PM »
Thanks for your input, 3R. No, I donít have a therapist right now, I saw one but it didnít work out. Iíve been meaning to find a new one, but with the situation right now I wouldnít be able to talk to a new one as calling or anything like that makes me feel unsafe. So I donít know if Iíll have a chance to find a new one before summer.
In any case, Iíll see what I can do with my dreams.
Thank you again for your help. :)

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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2020, 06:16:05 PM »
You're very welcome!  :heythere: