My Vivid Dreams...Why So Frequent?
I have always dreamed a lot. I suppose many people do. But lately my dreams are more vivid, more frequent, and very memorable. I am notoriously a terrible sleeper, so I usually take melatonin, which helps. But with a night full of dreams that run the gambit of happy, sad, scary, and just plan old weird, I am constantly waking up exhausted.
So why all the dreaming lately? I think it’s a combination of a new supplement I am taking, and stress. The supplement affect my hormones, which affects sleep, because it affects serotonin. Also I know taking melatonin could be the culprit, but I have been taking melatonin for a long time to help with my insomnia, so that is not a change.
I think perhaps stress is the biggest contributing factor to my vivid, and somewhat crazy dreams. I go through my days, and through life facing many stressors, like most adults. We get through our days suppressing the urge not to freak out, or cry, or yell, or generally not overreact to tough or challenging situations. But those suppressed feelings stay there, under the surface.
Here Are The Common Reasons For Vivid Dreams...
- Taking Melatonin (Aha)
- Eating Spicy Food Before Bed
- Watching Weird TV Before Bed
- Stopping or Starting New Medication
- Stress and Anxiety
If I had the choice, I would take vivid dreams over dealing with my stress by road raging, or yelling at my kids, or stuffing my face and eating my feelings. But of course I am not getting enough sleep, so I need to find some balance.
How do you dream? Do you dream vivid? Do you remember your dreams?