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  • Hi Drs,

    I have an interesting condition that many doctors and therapists can not identify or treat.

    1. As I fall asleep, I sometimes see horrific graphic images melting into each other (women screaming, blood, gore, african masks)
    2. My dreams are highly vivid and I remember I want to say 100% of the bloody gore that I see. I can describe perfectly clearly dreams I've had years ago that to this day haunt me. Clowns killing mothers in a birthing ward. Botched surgeries. Products of conception. It's terrifying. I delay falling asleep. We cannot figure out why they are happening, how to stop them, and where they are coming from. I do not know the faces in my dream although I could draw them for you I feel like. I remember everything. Why is this happening and how can I get peaceful rest?

  • I have to stay up until 12:00 - 1:00 because that's when my parents return from work. Even when I go to bed at a normal time (8:00) I sleep for 2 or 3 hours and then I get up and go to the bathroom and I don't fall back asleep until about 4:00 or 5:00, seeing as I have to get up at 7:00 for school, this is very frustrating. I'm not stressed but lie in bed hoping desperately to fall back to sleep, but more often mentally re-writing my work or someone else’s. I often come up with new ending for movies or new story threads for TV shows. It used to help me to do stretches or take a hot bath, once that stopped working normally if I lie very still and relax my muscles and then take deep breaths and mutter "1, 2, 3, ect." I could fall asleep, now, I just get restless and end up flailing around. Please help me.

    • I forgot to add, I don't eat right before bed, I haven't remembered my dreams in awhile, I don't normally realize I've fallen asleep until I wake up, ive tried hot and cold showers, Ive tried cuddling with stuffed animals and sleeping with no pillows or anything. I thought maybe it's because I'm on the computer almost all day but I have to in order to do school. I'm also afraid of the dark but I can't sleep with a night light on, I roll and kick a bunch and I used to be a really heavy sleeper, nothing could wake me up, now, any sudden noise or people having conversations wakes me up. I seriously have no idea what to do.

  • Good day,
    Because of a noise which cannot be eliminated in my flat, I always sleep with a background of brown noise. I wonder if this can cause problems on long terms (i have the feeling my sleep is very light and weird). Thank you

  • Dear Mr. Sleep Doctor,

    I have recently started experiencing sleep paralysis. Although it only happens at my boyfriends house. I went through a lot of trauma as a kid due to my step dad, and I have PTSD from it. My boyfriend and I have only been together for 5 months, and sometimes my PTSD symptoms show in our relationship (not wanting to be touched, not feeling comfortable sometimes, scared even though nothing is wrong) do you think that staying the night at my boyfriends house could have anything to do with my sleep paralysis? Or do you have any advice to help me?

  • I have been told by friends after stayung the night at their house that when I'm sleeping I'll start flailing my limbs or I'll punch them or kick them. There was one incident where I was sleeping in the same bed as one of my friends and I started flailing all four limbs wildly. Sort of like poubding my arms and legs against the bed. She said I was making a sort of steady moaning noise. According to her, it lasted about a minute and of course frightened the life out of her. I'm a 16 year old girl and I was wondering what causes this. Any information at all would be great. Thank you for your time.

  • Adding on to my previous comment, I don't wake up from the flailing and don't remember even doing it or having any nightmares or anything that may have brought it on. I'm often tired and sluggish in the mornings and have been diagnosed with depression.

  • I try to sleep at night but i end up falling asleep at 5 am and have to wake up at 7 am, then i am tired all day but the moment 5 pm hits i'm wide awake and cant fall asleep till 5 am. any ideas why.

  • Hi Drs. I'm a 78 years old and I live in Brasil. In the last five years I'm really suffering with a type of severe myoclonus like a eletric shock that significantly reduced my life quality. Although I consulted several neurologists the underlying cause was not discovered, so, I need your help in this sense. (If necessary I've a video showing the spasms). So far I have received only unresolved palliative treatment.
    Please help me

  • hello i have few questions that I'm looking for an answer, I'll be thankful if i get the answers because its important.
    here are the questions:

    1. How long does it take a person to fall asleep?
    2. How does our sleeping position affect our dreams?
    3. Are there other factors that affect the quality of our dreams?
    4. Why is it possible sometimes to get nightmares even if we slept on our right side?
    5. Is it true that our brain signals us to change positions if we had nightmares?

    please help me