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Old 01-23-2009, 08:04 PM
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Does anyone have any terrible dreams? I have always dreamed in colors, people I don't know, etc. - but lately I've been having horrible dreams about loved ones and they are terrible! I wake up and don't want to go back to sleep because that is on my mind and I don't want to continue that. It's frightening to me.
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:31 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Yeah, I go through periods of time like that. Sometimes I don't remember dreams for months. Other times the dreams are short, weird. Funny you should bring this up now. I've recently had several dreams in gray tones, like an old black/white movie and I know that I have to save my son from something terrible that's going to happen. I find myself in an unfamiliar area, like a harbor and there's fog, it's nighttime. I sneak around desperately looking for my son so that I can save him from some unseen, unknown threat. At some point, the dream just ends.

For me, it's probably post traumatic holiday stress disorder, having a bit of a cold, not enough sunshine....
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:54 AM
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I did have a bad cold when I had the dreams - first cold in I couldn't say how many years. Maybe not getting a restful sleep because of that cold had something to do with it. Thanks.
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:01 PM
Location: Florida
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I always have terrible dreams when I sleep on my left side pressing the heart. Getting too hot during the night also gives me bad dreams.
Try to turn temperature down during the night and don't use heavy comforters.
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Old 01-24-2009, 04:51 PM
Location: St. Louis
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Flamingo, did you have a fever with your cold? The only time I ever have bad dreams or in black and white is when I have a fever.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:23 AM
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I'm having such dreams now as I think I have a bug/illness, fever as I understand it often brings on disturbing dreams, I also have unpleasant dreams at times of changes in my life, simple things like considering changing my car will bring dreams about buying another car which turns out to be rubbish and regretting selling my existing car, and when I wake up the relief of realising I haven't actually change the car is wonderful, I see dreams as a warning sometimes, the subconscious making us aware of unseen consequences. I'm photographer and about to change my camera setup for another make, and guess what, just had a dream/nightmare about being at a job with the new gear and nothing working, instead of digital it suddenly turned into a film camera which then turned into some weird bit of useless junk and all the time the wedding party were standing around waiting for me to sort it out.....and that is why I just had a search on the net re bad dreams, as to colour or black and white I'm never aware which my dreams are in. I don't expect any of this woffle has helped you but it may have helped me typing it (-:

Sleep Well, Regards Trevor
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:57 PM
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illnesses are usually what bring on bad night reactions... myself i dont get nightmares (least i dont think so, i usually dont remember dreams when im sick like that) but ill get orally violent

couple of examples, one night (tho at the time i didnt feel like i was sick) i had woken up, sat straight up in bed, opened my eyes and just yelled out the f bomb at the top of my lungs, twice in the same night, second time i got up and went to my computer cuz i couldnt go back to sleep, ended up running for the garbage can to vomit shortly after

another time i had a real nasty flu, and i was laying on my back and was snoring i guess rather loudly, my wife tried to ask me to roll over because my snoring was waking her up, my reaction to that (tho i dont remember doing it, dont even remember waking up at all) was sitting straight up, looking at her, and saying "f you" before crashing back on the bed

shes also told me stories of other times when ive swore loudly in my sleep when ive had something nasty running thru my system, so yeah, when youre sick your brain works in weird ways
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:25 PM
Location: state of procrastination
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I have terrible, stressful nightmares every night. End of the world, nuclear blast, harm to family, fighting demons, recurring school failures, killing others, dying. Color dreams, nearly all black (not gray even) dreams, out of body dreams (I doubt I'm actually having an OOB experience), dreams with physical pain/severe vibrations, sleep paralysis, smells/sounds/tastes galore. Some are like complete movies with subplots and surprise endings. The longer I sleep, the more vivid the dreams. This may explain why some of you are having more vivid dreams while sick - because you are already loaded up on REM sleep.

I'm used to them now so I laugh them away, and write them down for future reference in case I decide to write a screenplay someday.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:24 PM
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I have very hallucinogenic-type dreams that border on nightmares most of the time. (Or maybe they ARE nightmares and just don't realize it.) They're very vivid in colors, and I swear that my brain creates "strangers" in my dreams, people I don't know. But faces often change to someone or something else, and the dreams make absolutely no sense. They're so senseless that I never had the interest to have them analyzed.

But I never remember them. Within moments of getting up the dreams are zapped 'n' gone ~ although I can feel the effects of a particularly bad night of dreaming; I really do believe that our bodies get stressed from nightmares, and that the grogginess I feel deprives me of good restoration. But I've dealt with this issue my whole entire life. I just accept it. At least I do sleep, often like the dead.
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