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  • Posted By: taniaaust1
  • June 5, 2011
  • 05:12 AM

Im wondering if anyone has got any recommendation on how to treat nightmares.

Im having such an aweful time as not only do I have extreme insomina in which I cant get to sleep.. when I finally do get to sleep (often 3.30-5.30am) I then get woken up due to nightmares to which each time it takes time to settle down from.

Last night after finally falling asleep some time after 3.30am (I'd gone to bed tired and had laid in bed awake from midnight.. the same as the night before in which was even worst) .. I was woken up twice after getting to sleep.

Horrid dreams.. I dont just dream about bad stuff which has taken place in my life (possible PTSD) but also dream of so much other aweful stuff too.

eg Last night I dreamed of kittens being tortured by squewering which woke me up. I did managed to get straight back to sleep after that one but then went into dreams about being hung by rope and woke up terrified and still feeling like I had a noose around my throat.

This noose feeling from the nightmare persisted for a while and with the adrenaline still racing from the dream.. it took me ages to get to sleep again.

Im suffering from so much sleep deprivation.. not just from my insomina (my melatonin which used to help has stopped working and the doctors wont give me sleeping pills) but also the nightmares I so often get when I do finally get to sleep and then just get woken up by them.

Im ending up trying to survive on 5-6 hrs sleep per (24 hrs) sometimes less when Im a person who needs 8-9 hrs sleep due to the chronic illnesses I have.

Anyway.. has anyone got any ideas on what to do about Nightmares waking one up at night.

(they dont always wake me up .. my neighbours have rung the police this year as I was screaming in my sleep and scared them.. on that occassion the police actually banging on my door concerned, woke me up. With that one I couldnt remember it but police said my screaming had made neighbours think I was being attacked. Apparently I was screaming so loudly that the whole street could hear me).

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