Previously I had written about my insomnia, waking up in the night and general inability to sleep.
Now, my nightmares are so bad that I'm terrified of falling back to sleep.
It's 1am and I'm exhausted from my previous nightmare and I'm trying to stay awake.
Do other people here suffer from severe nightmares?
Might a night light help? Not too bright but not complete darkness? I find it quite comforting.Or you could try watching some boring videos or do some work that you need to do but don't enjoy in bed until you naturally fall asleep.
There is podcast on Spotify called Nothing Much Happens. Literally bores you to sleep. Or any familiar story in a nice calming voice low on the headphones. The trick is to actually follow the story. Soon be zzzzzzz...
I would never advise medicine for anyone but I do take sleeping tablets which you can get in any pharmacy. Occasionally. No bad dreams and no groggy head in the morning.
The thought occurs that ASD folk like something heavy or comforting such as an extra blanket. Weight = calm.
I spent an hour awake (12:30 to 1:30pm) watching a bit of TV and eating fresh oranges. Then slept relatively peacefully.
The day before the nightmares I watched too much television. A full episode of 'A touch of frost ' and DVDs of ' Terminator the sarah connor chronicles '
As well as one of my hobbies of tracking down filming locations of films and TV programmes and photographing them. last Saturday I visited Holmfirth and the surrounding area, taking photos of Last of the summer wine country. Yesterday I was comparing my photos with the scenes on my dvd collection.
Not sure why that would give you nightmares? It sounds nice. Perhaps you really want to stay awake and keep doing those activities so your sleep is disturbed?
Eating oranges is a good move. Low blood sugar can give you the terrors in the early hours.
What do you class as a nightmare? I have ultra-vivid dreams where lots of strange stuff happens (I've been killed many times or horribly injured) but what is it specifically that you class as terrifying?
A large cat was being eaten alive by about dozen large rats.
And I was trying to get both this cat and the rats eating it into layers of black bin liners and into a wheeliebin.
I was terrified that the rats would break loose and attack and start eating me.
I'm not sure if the half eaten cat was still alive.
I have lots of unpleasant dreams with horrible things happening but I don't really judge my dreams - I just go along for the ride and see where it goes.
This morning's dream was a benign 'do not understand' dream where I was on a bus but didn't recognise where I was - so I was logging all of the shops and scenery we passed trying to build a mental map to align with my knowledge of the area but nothing fitted so I was totally lost - so there was a gentle stress of being on the wrong bus etc. The journey went on for ages.
Others are more untidy - like being a soldier and having to reach an objective but being shot and bleeding profusely but still able to function enough to go on - and all my dreams are fully featured - smalls, tastes, feelings, vivid colours etc. - as real as life.
My daughter suffers from terrible nightmares, she literally screams hysterically wakes up terrified and takes hours to settle back down (if at all)
Yes. They get worse on certain medications I've found.
Without medication of any kind then I always have incredibly vivid anxious dreams.
I often wake drenched in sweat.
I understand how she feels.
Sometimes my dreams are connected. I wake up. Fall asleep and the new dream is a different continuation of the previous dream.
One is about shopping in a very very large market. In the next dream I'm trying to find the shops from the previous dream. But they strangly aren't there or they are different or selling everything except what I'm searching for.