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Old 09-10-2020, 03:54 PM   #1
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Hello, I am new to the sleep group but I went through the past year of posts first to make sure I am not duplicating anything. I am not sure, but here goes. I have recurring nightmares. Sometimes I wake up feeling absolutely traumatized from them. My head is not right, I cannot think clearly, my body is locked up, writhing, I have a crippling migraine. It takes hours, if not all day, for these feelings to subside. A little about me: Bipolar I, complex PTSD, history of abuse (to me), OCD, female professional who had to change career due to mental issues, family history of mental illness, seizures, and S覧-. Alcohol disorder but 6 years sober now, most recent abuser is gone (ex spouse). Under care by psych doc & therapist. These nightmares and the effects upon waking are serious quality of life issues and are affecting my ability to work. They seem to get worse when I am under stress. Any insights?
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Unfortunately I don't have any insight into this. Perhaps it may be something that needs to be addressed at a sleep clinic? This may not be sufficient to address the difficulty you're having; however here's a link to an article, from PC's archives, on how to eliminate recurring nightmares:

How to Eliminate Recurring Nightmares

You might also consider signing in on PC's sister website: NeuroTalk to see if anyone there might have some ideas with regard to this. (There is a forum on NT dedicated to sleep as well as one related to headaches.) Here's a link just in case you're not familiar with it:

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Hello, I am new to the sleep group but I went through the past year of posts first to make sure I am not duplicating anything. I am not sure, but here goes. I have recurring nightmares. Sometimes I wake up feeling absolutely traumatized from them. My head is not right, I cannot think clearly, my body is locked up, writhing, I have a crippling migraine. It takes hours, if not all day, for these feelings to subside.
Have you ever considered a sleep study? They are not just for people that have insomnia. I have active dreams and sleep walking. Years ago I had a sleep study and I am thinking I need a new one.
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Hello, I am new to the sleep group but I went through the past year of posts first to make sure I am not duplicating anything. I am not sure, but here goes.

have recurring nightmares. Sometimes I wake up feeling absolutely traumatized from them. My head is not right, I cannot think clearly, my body is locked up, writhing,

I have a crippling migraine. It takes hours, if not all day, for these feelings to subside.

A little about me: Bipolar I, complex PTSD, history of abuse (to me), OCD, female professional who had to change career due to mental issues, family history of mental illness, seizures, and S覧-.

Alcohol disorder but 6 years sober now, most recent abuser is gone (ex spouse). Under care by psych doc & therapist.

These nightmares and the effects upon waking are serious quality of life issues and are affecting my ability to work. They seem to get worse when I am under stress. Any insights?
You need to have a sleep study done. There are physical causes to sleep disturbances that a sleep study will be able to identify. You may have sleep apnea or your sleep cycle may affected by any medications you take, etc.,. only a sleep specialist can help you with it.
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