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Nightmares or Night terrors?

Coda66

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There are times when I have nightmares about my childhood home. I dream that I am extremely angry at someone in my home, or I am am scared of something bad happening, or there is someone trying to hurt me. I also have nightmares where I am somewhere and it is dark, scary, I can't find my way out and someone is trying to get me and hurt me. Why is this happening? It is very disturbing! I sometimes wake up feeling very uneasy.
 
dreams are such a mysterious realm that i speak strictly for myself here. don't accuse me of experting. i remedy my own nightmares by channeling the emotions they stir up. the dream doesn't always make sense, but i believe the emotions i wake with are VERY real. i don't try to analyze the dream. channel first, analyze later. in my own case, i believe repressed emotions are the difference between a regular dream and a nightmare.
 
Having spent a month in a sleep clinic…

Nightmares, you will USUALLY -but not always- remember. Sometimes you’ll just wake up soaked in sweat/swear, or in a full on panic attack, or? Fully aware of the shite dream. Or? Just feeling oddly disconcerted.

Night TERRORS - are actually part of the sleepwalking spectrum, rather than dreaming/nightmare spectrum, and are named “by” observers. As the person experiencing the night terror appears wide-awake, and is screaming/fighting/etc. and “cannot” be woken up… only to wake up later… feeling REFRESHED, and alert, with no memory of the brutal night they put others through (except by cuts/bruises/hoarse voice… and recriminations. Night terrors are only common amongst small children & trauma vice.

For your own well being? You WANT night terrors.
For EVERYONE ELSE’S well-being? You want nightmares.

People who experience neither? Or only 1:2? Usually think night terrors are “worse”, because of the name. NOPE! They’re not. They’re “just” different. Or, infinitely better, depending on how many people you hurt, or not, whilst in this violent & scary (for observers) form of sleepwalking.
 
dreams are such a mysterious realm that i speak strictly for myself here. don't accuse me of experting. i remedy my own nightmares by channeling the emotions they stir up. the dream doesn't always make sense, but i believe the emotions i wake with are VERY real. i don't try to analyze the dream. channel first, analyze later. in my own case, i believe repressed emotions are the difference between a regular dream and a nightmare.
I think they are repressed emotions since it seems to center mostly around fear, anxiety, and feeling lost. Uggg! Hate nightmares!
 
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I see you're experiencing a lot of distressing dreams, and I'm sorry to hear that. Dreams, particularly ones that are intense or recurring like yours, often reflect underlying emotions and stresses in our waking lives.
For example, I've had similar dreams myself. Just last month, I dreamt several times that I was being stabbed by someone. It felt so real each time, and I woke up feeling shaken.
Dream dictionary, it says that being repeatedly stabbed supposedly indicates an overload of anxiety or stress in waking life. And in my case, it's true. I've been dealing with a lot of stress lately, mainly from work. Deadlines, endless meetings, and the constant pressure to perform have taken a toll on me. I guess I need a vacation.
You can check that dream dictionary, maybe you'll find some interpretations for your dreams.
 
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it says that being repeatedly stabbed supposedly indicates an overload of anxiety or stress in waking life.
While acknowledging that some people find comfort in analysing the meaning of their dreams, it’s about as scientific as stopping a person on the street and them telling you, “Mmm, I reckon it means…”.

While it may appeal to apparent intuition, the fact is we have no idea why our brains dream what they dream, and it’s very unlikely that there are single consistent inherent meanings that cross cultural lines.
 
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