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Old 10-18-2020, 02:43 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I don't get them very often, sometimes they're spaced years apart, but you have one, it's hard to forget. I had one last night. I fell dead asleep laying face up. That's when they've occurred in the past, not if I'm sleeping in the fetal position.

I sometime wonder, given how scary they are, if people haven't died of heart attacks having them. I've known others who have had them.

Last night, in my dream, I was in my car with the seat reclined, I was thirsty, but I couldn't move my arms or legs or turn my head, nor, as always with these dreams, could I get any words to come out of my mouth. It would be futile to try and scream even though you'd love to scream. But who would have heard me with the windows up in my car? Thank God they don't last very long!

How about you? Ever had one? And what do you think causes them?
OP, there's a reason you have these when sleeping face up. That's the position most likely to cause sleep apnea. Your tongue falls back into your throat, obstructing the air passage. Your brain thinks it's going to die without sufficient oxygen, so bad dreams result. They're designed to wake you up, so you don't suffocate to death.

Yes, some people can have heart attacks from apnea, if it's bad enough. If you were to have a sleep study done, the doctor would recommend you sleep on your side. Or might want to test you sleeping on your side. S/he might suggest a C-PAP machine, which I wouldn't recommend, except as a last resort.

How old are you? Apnea can be caused, or worsened, by age-related hormonal changes. Hormone replacement is one treatment option the "sleep medicine" docs never mention. They're not into prescribing actual medicine. They push sleep technology, the C-PAP. A significant percentage of patients aren't able to tolerate it, though.

Also, there are a few dentists around, who can examine you (via x-rays of the mouth and air passage), to see if a dental appliance worn at night could prevent apnea. Health insurance pays for this, if you see the right dentist. (Usually, they advertise that this service is covered by insurance. Those that don't, don't really know what they're doing.).

Since you don't have a problem except when sleeping face up, maybe you don't need to see any specialists for now. You might still be having apnea, but it may be mild enough when sleeping on your side or stomach, that it doesn't bother you.
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Worst dreams I had were after getting out of the Army, I was shooting people who wouldn't die, they just kept coming and coming...

Now, sometimes I have strange dreams- when I'm asleep my hear rate and respiration drop so low that the CO2 level in my blood rises too high, which results in some really, really whacky dreams. When I take my blood pressure after I get up, the heart monitor tells me I'm dead.
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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OP, there's a reason you have these when sleeping face up. That's the position most likely to cause sleep apnea. Your tongue falls back into your throat, obstructing the air passage. Your brain thinks it's going to die without sufficient oxygen, so bad dreams result. They're designed to wake you up, so you don't suffocate to death.

Yes, some people can have heart attacks from apnea, if it's bad enough. If you were to have a sleep study done, the doctor would recommend you sleep on your side. Or might want to test you sleeping on your side. S/he might suggest a C-PAP machine, which I wouldn't recommend, except as a last resort.

How old are you? Apnea can be caused, or worsened, by age-related hormonal changes. Hormone replacement is one treatment option the "sleep medicine" docs never mention. They're not into prescribing actual medicine. They push sleep technology, the C-PAP. A significant percentage of patients aren't able to tolerate it, though.

Also, there are a few dentists around, who can examine you (via x-rays of the mouth and air passage), to see if a dental appliance worn at night could prevent apnea. Health insurance pays for this, if you see the right dentist. (Usually, they advertise that this service is covered by insurance. Those that don't, don't really know what they're doing.).

Since you don't have a problem except when sleeping face up, maybe you don't need to see any specialists for now. You might still be having apnea, but it may be mild enough when sleeping on your side or stomach, that it doesn't bother you.
See Michael Way's post above yours.
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Old 10-19-2020, 01:56 AM
 
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I don't know what a paralytic dream is. I just dream the same thing over about fishing on the boats back in the 1980's and never have bad dreams.
Christ ... are u lucky!
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:46 AM
 
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Christ ... are u lucky!
I have plenty of odd dreams mixed in but nothing real bad ever.
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