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lefteh's avatar

Why am I dreaming all of the sudden?

Asked by lefteh (9324 points ) March 15th, 2009

I hadn’t had a dream for months, and only several over the past year. However, the past week, I have had multiple dreams every night. Fun dreams, not nightmares. Dreams that make we wish that I could fall back asleep and continue my fantasy (think skydiving into the Amazon River with Jon Stewart out of a plane driven by Henry Fonda). What gives?

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Mr_M's avatar

The question is NOT “Why am I dreaming all of a sudden?”. You ALWAYS dream. What you should ask is “Why am I REMEMBERING my dreams all of a sudden?” and I suspect the answer is that something is waking you up at night (which you may not even realize). Dogs barking? Neighbors? Too many beers before you go to bed?

P.S. Try to remember who’s PROPERTY you dived on. THAT might be revealing.

Garebo's avatar

Have you been eating or taking anything unusual – like cherry juice, melatonin or a new prescription? Has your lifestyle or sleep routine changed? All these could be factors.

lefteh's avatar

I don’t think I’ve been waking up…I’ve been getting deeper, better sleep than I have for a while. Perhaps that has something to do with it, now that I think about it.
No cherry juice…but I’m curious now. Does cherry juice make you dream?

nebule's avatar

it’s always the cheese!

Mr_M's avatar

@lefteh , that’s possible. You have to get into stage 4, REM sleep to dream. If something disturbs your sleep you might not get there. That will make you tired the next day. Apparently you’re feeling more refreshed these days. Could be. Do you remember waking up when you were NOT remembering your dreams?

SeventhSense's avatar

It’s Fluther. It’s all this stirring of the brain before you crash.
As per your dream sounds very positive. It’s like your entering exciting foreign territory with people who you usually wouldn’t necessarily come in contact with.

lefteh's avatar

@Mr_M: Nope, I hardly ever remember waking up during the night. Very rarely.
@SeventhSense: Ahh, yes. Fluther is always to blame thank.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Is waking life especially stressful right now where your dreams could be a way for your mind to soothe you?

lefteh's avatar

Waking life is extremely stressful and overwhelming right now. My dreams are certainly soothing. Can the brain…you know…do that?

mrmonkey's avatar

As @Mr_M wrote earlier, you’re merely remembering more rather than dreaming more. Now the reason for this might be the remembering itself.

Once upon a time, I used to keep a dream diary. Every morning I would wake up and write down my dreams. The act of writing them down made me remember much more dreams. Before that I rarely dreamed (or rather, remembered them)

aprilsimnel's avatar

@lefteh – Sure! Our minds are very powerful. You’re remembering more most likely because you need the relief right now. And write your dreams down. They may hold clues for you to help yourself during this time as well as provide you with a little bit of a release on the pressure valve.

lefteh's avatar

Let me tell you, skydiving with Jon Stewart releases plenty of pressure.

nebule's avatar

oh cool…I’ve always fancied skydiving!

Mr_M's avatar

Entertain the possibility that people under extreme stress (like you are describing) often do NOT sleep well and wake up a lot during the night. You might not remember all the times you wake up. Did you ever wake up someone having a nightmare and even talk to them yet, the next day, they don’t remember waking up?

Were you skydiving in tandem?

lefteh's avatar

Good point. But I do feel exceptionally well-rested. And I’ve been going to bed before 1 (early).

syz's avatar

I only remember my dreams when my sleep pattern has changed. If I am awoken outside of my normal time, then I can sometimes remember my dreams.

Garebo's avatar

Tart cherry juice has melatonin in it and can make you dream more. When my brother started drinking it he said he slept better and dreamed more than he had in years. Also great for joint pain and gout.

aviona's avatar

My friend noticed that whenever her life became really mundane she would start having really exciting dreams, as if to make up for her everyday life. Now, when her real life got more troublesome or exciting, she would stop remembering her dreams as much.

Maybe the same is true for you?

asmonet's avatar

Better sleep = better more memorable dreams. Enjoy it.
Some medications also have this effect, my prescription makes me have dreams more often and faster paced, but I lose the ability to control them. Which is a bit terrifying for me, I’ve aways been able to so it’s a bit disorienting.

loser's avatar

Lefteh, I have no clue why you’re dreaming all of a sudden but I just gotta tell you, that is one great dream you came up with!!!

LKidKyle1985's avatar

Hmm I had a similar occurrence but it was when I was going under a lot of stress and depression. If there is something troubling you or on your mind you tend to be more active when you are sleeping. I was having crazy cool dreams like you said when that happened to me too, but now my life is back to normal and I have few dreams.

essieness's avatar

Crazy… this has happened to me recently too! Night before last I had a smidge too much merlot and dreamt that my boyfriend died in front of my eyes. Last night I had about 2 glasses of wine and dreamt that I had a baby and everyone tried to take it from me. So… maybe it’s the moon? Or the wine…

lefteh's avatar

@LKidKyle1985: Your situation sounds essentially identical to mine.

LKidKyle1985's avatar

Yeap, they were typically pretty intense dreams too. Like sometimes you could mistake them for real if you didn’t know better.

Mr_M's avatar

@essieness , are you sure the baby thing was a dream? Have you SEEN the movie “Rosemary’s Baby”?

SeventhSense's avatar

@Mr M
Yes but that would have been some night…drink Merlot, pass out get impregnated by satan…drink merlot again 9 months later..lose child to happy old cult members

richardhenry's avatar

I’ve had dreams like every other night (like 2 out of 3 nights) for the past month. It came on pretty suddenly too. Weird. I’ve literally been doing to bed wondering what I’m going to dream about. Always really surreal but quite nice. Effortlessly running down a long steep hill really fast and I’m almost flying is something that keeps reoccurring.

asmonet's avatar

Sounds like fun. :D

richardhenry's avatar

I’ve also been climbing up the back of my house and in through my skylight, only when I’m climbing it’s like I’m crawling, but that gravity is sideways and I’m crawling on the ground, but it’s my house. If you know what I mean.

asmonet's avatar

Your brain is broken, in an awesome way. ;). I have weird ones too, I’ve always been able to fly in my dreams…but I have to do a froggie swim to do it. What. The. Shit. is that about?

essieness's avatar

@Mr_M Haha, I’m sure it was. I think… is this all a dream?

Mr_M's avatar

@lefteh , I STILL want to know if that was a TANDEM jump with Jon Stewart!

lefteh's avatar

It was. I was the little spoon.

asmonet's avatar

Little spoon is the best.

SeventhSense's avatar

@lefteh
Whathafuck is the little spoon?

asmonet's avatar

Are you the big spoon? Or the little spoon?

It’s like with spoons in a drawer, they nest together snuggled tight and perfectly fitted with their matching pieces.

SeventhSense's avatar

Ahh spooning.

asmonet's avatar

there ya go. ;)

augustlan's avatar

<< Wishes she could spoon with Jon Stewart.

asmonet's avatar

I want a spoon sandwich with Stewart and Colbert. Awesome.

jesuslvsyou16's avatar

I know this is an old post, but perhaps someone got up here with the same question (as I did). I looked up the date of the entry, and I saw that Daylight Savings Time had just begun a week before this was posted. My guess is, your brain was used to waking up an hour later, so it was typically still in REM at the hour you used to are now having to wake up.

Could be wrong, but I’m having more dreams now, and DST just ended, so my REM cycle is probably adjusting.

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