Sleep problems--Who has them?

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Registered: 06-06-2000
Sleep problems--Who has them?
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Sun, 07-21-2013 - 9:35am

So, I've been feeling fairly yucky for the last few weeks, and I think the main reason is that I am not getting "good" sleep.  I go to bed on time, get up around the same time every day, all the stuff you're supposed to do for good sleep, but it's not happening.  I have no problem falling asleep, the issue is that from the moment I fall asleep until I wake up a couple of hours later with my heart pounding like I've been running, I am dreaming.  Constant, vivid dreams.  Nothing scary or upsetting, nothing important, mostly random, weird things that don't even involve ME.  Like watching movies or TV, only generated by my crazy brain.  This has happened before, several times, and I've noticed that it coincides with my FM flares, so I doubt it's a coincidence.  My Chinese medicine doctor tells me my kidneys are "angry" and does acupuncture, which actually does help a lot, but I have no clue what that means to me in terms of why my brain won't shut up.  I've been to all my doctors for check ups, had tons of blood work to make sure I'm functioning correctly, and everything is fine, except my calcium levels are low and I had a little UTI.  I was treated for that with antibiotics, and I do feel somewhat better, but I can't stop dreaming!  I wake up wrecked, feeling like I've had no sleep at all, or worse, spent my night on a drunken adventure that I can't fully remember, a la the Hangover, but not nearly as entertaining.  I'm exhausted, in pain, and getting a little fed up, to be honest.  It's really annoying to feel so tired and hurt so much when it's summer and the beach is so near by!!

My question is this:  Do any of you have this issue?  I tried looking it up on line, and all I got was a bunch of information on narcanarcolepsylepsy, which I definitely DON'T have.  I never fall asleep randomly or anything like that, I'm just not able to stop dreaming when I'm asleep, and I'm exhausted from it.  Plus, like I said, this only happens when I'm having a flare up of the FM, so I know it's got to be either the cause of the pain and fatigue or a symptom.  I figure since doctors think FM may in fact be a sleep disorder that someone else has to be having the same problems!  Let me know.  I'm off to sleep now, and who knows what kind of goofiness my brain will decide to come up with today????  Too bad it's not a hot, steamy affair with Jason Stratham or Vin Diesel...

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Registered: 08-13-2012
Tue, 07-30-2013 - 9:01am

I too have a constant flow of dreams when sleeping. In fact, I've grown so used to dreaming that I don't feel rested if I don't remember having dreams. I've never really known why I have these dreams but I know that most people don't dream as much as I do.

I've always had sleep problems and tried Ambien but it made my dreams worse (even more bizarre and frequent) and I felt worse when I woke up than when I went to sleep so I stopped taking it.