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What Dreams Are Made Of

Dear Sugar
Lately my sleep has been very disruptive. I have been waking up every night at the same time in an abrupt and panicked way. Last night I was dreaming that a biker was about to fall on me, but right before he fell, my body jerked me so hard that I woke up.

Waking up after being startled in my dreams has happened to me before. About a year ago I noticed that this was happening as well, but then one night it all just stopped. Is this kind of thing normal? Also, I think it's very strange that I wake up a the exact same time every night. Sleepy Scarlett

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Dear Sleepy Scarlett
There is no exact science of interpreting dreams and everyone has their own opinion. Our minds are always active, even when we are sleeping. When you wake up in the middle of the night, are you able to fall back asleep? Do you notice that you are you drinking caffeine late in the day that could be interfering with your sleep patterns?

Are you ingesting fluids before bed which makes you wake up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night? Also consider that could be a noise in your house, outside of your window, or in your neighbors house that occurs every night at the same time that could be waking you up.

Try setting an alarm 20 minutes before the usual time you wake to see if you can hear anything. Do some detective work and see what you come up with. Jerking yourself awake right before something bad happens in a dream is a normal reflex. Even in your sleep, you are aware of your surroundings and will want to protect yourself from getting hurt.

Dreams typically come from life experiences during the waking hours. When your emotions or needs are not fulfilled, your mind goes into over drive in your sleep. Dream use our subconscious mind to complete those needs and wants. Sweet dreams.

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Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
honeysugar28, I have the same problem. Stress can do it.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
I've also been having troubled sleep at night. I think its stress. We live in a stressful world.
herbiefrog herbiefrog 10 years
sounds like youre chanelling alecia i did warn her
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Im a firm believer that alot of dreams come from ur subconsious trying to figure out what the waking mind cannot. Start a dream journal and try and match those things to the things goin on around you. And try a lavendar bubble bath b4 bed lavendar is very very relaxing. Great Advice dear ---- I want my way now dangit!
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
do you have a dog, cat or boyfriend? they make great cuddle buddies in the night.
katie225 katie225 10 years
dreams have nothing to do with your subconscious, as far as recent research has shown. it's just random images and thoughts that pop into your active brain during REM sleep. some research has said that when you sleep, your brain goes into an LSD-like state, and dreams are your brain trying to make sense of that.
Regular_Lady Regular_Lady 10 years
Try saying a positive mantra to yourself before dozing off. Something like: "I will not have any disruptive dreams wake me up tonight. I will have a peaceful sleep." I know it sounds corny, but it really works for me.
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