Nightmares you don’t remember & waking up feeling off, stiff, sore.

Punky143

MyPTSD Pro
Why hello,
Lately I've been waking up with a strange feeling of something happening during the night. I feel like it's nightmares but the kind you don't remember or only have clips of it but again it doesn't make sense. We wake up feeling "off" or our body will ache, or we're really stiff probably from not moving all night. Does anyone else experience this? Why can't I remember them in detail like every thing else? I only feel it through my body and that's all.
Bye and would love to hear what you're experience are!
 

Sideways

Moderator
Why can't I remember them in detail like every thing else?
For the most part, whether or not we remember our dreams/nightmares is about how quickly we rouse from REM stage sleep, which naturally varies from one person to the next.

If you want to remember, learning and practicing lucid dreaming may help, or having a notepad next to the bed to write down what you remember as soon as you wake.

Post-nightmare shoulder and neck pain (and the odd nasty bruise) is my normal. It's shit, but it was always one of the less intrusive of my ptsd symptoms, so I manage it with physical therapies. But if it's a new thing for you to be waking with physical pain, there is a range of things worth ruling out (like illness, nutrition problems, pillows that have worn out or don't suit your sleep style, etc).
 

Punky143

MyPTSD Pro
For the most part, whether or not we remember our dreams/nightmares is about how quickly we rouse from REM stage sleep, which naturally varies from one person to the next.

If you want to remember, learning and practicing lucid dreaming may help, or having a notepad next to the bed to write down what you remember as soon as you wake.

Post-nightmare shoulder and neck pain (and the odd nasty bruise) is my normal. It's shit, but it was always one of the less intrusive of my ptsd symptoms, so I manage it with physical therapies. But if it's a new thing for you to be waking with physical pain, there is a range of things worth ruling out (like illness, nutrition problems, pillows that have worn out or don't suit your sleep style, etc).
Thank you for your response. I believe I often wake up stiff as a result of sleeping in a fetal position as well as my body unable to fully relax even after taking pm meds. I am easily startled and instantly panic by gasping for air, confused, terrified and cry. My husband has tried to avoid waking me, tried reassuring us that it's just him but it doesn't matter, same response. This has happened in the past off and on and apparently it's back.
(DID) so we have been in trauma t for a few years now and we go at a very slow pace but this part of the process is tough.maybe that's why this stuff is happening.
 

Sues

MyPTSD Pro
I do this all of the time. I'll wake and know I had a nightmare and feel it in my body. I'll often wake up feeling bad mentally and start crying. I also remember nightmares. I like it better when I don't remember.
 

Friday

Moderator
Bye and would love to hear what you're experience are!

The nightmares I remember fall into 3 rough categories;
- Total Fiction
- Too much nightmare fuel (blend of fiction & reality)
- Flashbacks where they belong; safe, in bed, asleep!

The nightmares I don’t remember I’m either told about by the people around me, or the evidence of them is readily apparent

^^^ ANY of these can leave me jolting awake in
- Full on fight/flight, totally clear headed & emotion free
- In a panic attack
- In an anxiety attack
- Drenched in sweat/swear
- Feeling like I got hit by a truck; often with blood and bruises and a surly attitude to go along with

^^^ OR (instead of jolting) struggling to wake feeling
- Confused, thick, disoriented
- Sick as hell, miserable, nauseous.
- I cannot brain, I has the dumb.


I have nightmare cycles a few times a year, so my own patterns are something I am long familiar with.
 
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Carolnaygeorge

I've woken up in the middle of the night in the fetal position so tight that my joints hurt, my shoulders, my knees, elbows just the major ones. It takes all day to stretch them out
 

arfie

MyPTSD Pro
I feel like it's nightmares but the kind you don't remember or only have clips of it but again it doesn't make sense.

that makes perfect sense to me. for a decade or three i kept a dream journal in an effort to remedy my epic, sleep deprivation levels of nightmares. i developed exceptional dream recall from the exercise, but never evolved full recall. many of my dream journal entries were describing the emotions, aches and pain i woke with more than the dreams, themselves. then we get to the fact that we average 3 to 5 dreams per night and seldom remember any of those dreams except for the ones we wake from.
 

Freddyt

MyPTSD Pro
^^^ ANY of these can leave me jolting awake in
- Full on fight/flight, totally clear headed & emotion free
- In a panic attack
- In an anxiety attack
- Drenched in sweat/swear
- Feeling like I got hit by a truck; often with blood and bruises and a surly attitude to go along with

^^^ OR (instead of jolting) struggling to wake feeling
- Confused, thick, disoriented
- Sick as hell, miserable, nauseous.
- I cannot brain, I has the dumb.
Yup....what she said.

Lately it's waking from them without any clear pictures, just a theme....
 
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