Link between 'non-restorative' sleep and nightmares?
July 20, 2008 1:52 PM Subscribe
For the past twenty years or so (I'm 36 now) I have had trouble sleeping. Not really with falling asleep or staying asleep (even though I have had episodes where that was a problem too) but the big problem is I NEVER feel rested when I wake up in the morning. 'Non-restorative sleep' is the term I found after a bit of Googling. Through the years I have tried to tackle this problem in all sorts of ways but haven't gotten very far. About ten years ago I spent a night at a sleep lab but they couldn't find anything wrong with me. Sadly I have gotten so used to the situation that it is not on my mind a lot but lately I've been thinking about what else I could try.
posted by dinkyday to health & fitness (22 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
The most obvious reason why I always wake up tired, tense and at least slightly depressed is the dreams I have every night. No matter what I dream about it is always negative. No matter how great or happy I feel before I fall asleep, I always wake up feeling as if something bad has just happened to me. Even though I could describe my dreams as nightmares I do not recognize myself in the symptoms of the so-called 'Nightmare Disorder' (I do not usually have 'repeated awakenings', also my dreams are not superfrightening just kind of depressing and negative). I have tried changing my diet in a million ways (no dairy products, no sugar, no 'food combining' etc.), I have tried sleeping and anti-anxiety pills and exercise to tire me out before sleeping but nothing really worked (even though healthy food and exercise certainly makes me feel better during daytime).
Does anyone recognize him or herself in this? Any thoughts on what else I could try to get a good night's sleep?