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...the cumulative hangover would literally kill me.

Basically, I've been drinking up to two thirds a bottle of liquor (or equivalent) a night for the past two years. Decided to stop, didn't sleep for five days save nodding off where I had terrific nightmares and just thrashed a lot before waking up again. Now I'm not sure what to do. Looking for advice/anecdotes. I'm in kind of a unique place. [Warning] gory details if you open the can. [more inside]
posted by IfIShouldEverComeBack on Jul 1, 2014 - 40 answers

14 month old waking crying at night for extended periods

My 14 month old baby has crying thrashing wakeful periods during the night on a semi-regular basis (roughly speaking, perhaps once every fortnight). He wakes up crying and can’t be consoled – arches his body and pushes away from me while in my arms (but cries harder if put down in his cot). [more inside]
posted by fever-trees on Sep 23, 2013 - 24 answers

Head of horrors

I love watching horror films and reading frightening books. Always have. Now, however, it seems to be backfiring, in that I can't get to sleep at night due to all the freaky images floating around in my head. Bonus question: is this sleep paralysis? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jul 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me find this photography book on children's nightmares

Decades ago at my local library I found this (soft cover, I think) photography book by a guy who'd interviewed a bunch of kids about their nightmares, and photographed interpretations of them. Over my youth, I would check the book out again and again, because it terrified and fascinated me. But they long ago got rid of the book, I've never been able to find it again, and when they went to an electronic system, my checkout history was gone. I would really love to see this book again. [more inside]
posted by emcat8 on Jun 8, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I have more nightmares?

I would like to have more nightmares. Sure, they are disturbing, but only for the first 30 minutes or so after waking. After that, I find I can use their irrational flavor and sense of dread in my creative work. Hence I am looking to have more. Does anybody know what I can do to increase their frequency (short of committing or suffering atrocities)? [more inside]
posted by gnossie on Feb 25, 2013 - 83 answers

Advice on dealing with feelings of loneliness and paranoia

I'm having a hard time dealing with feelings of profound loneliness and paranoia about the states of friendships which in turn affect my dreams and my moods (being a vivid dreamer) and I don't like the affect it has on my happiness. Is there any good literature or advice that you can give to help me conquer these feelings and appreciate what I have in my friends or branch out to finding others? Any communication advice to being clear with friends and alleviating my paranoia without insulting them or sounding weird? [more inside]
posted by Recca on Jan 22, 2013 - 6 answers

What do your dreams look like after prazosin?

PTSD and nightmares. How does prazosin actually help you? [more inside]
posted by kanata on May 10, 2012 - 10 answers

My baby is safe but keeps giving me nightmares.

Every night I dream my newborn baby is in bed with me and is in danger of being crushed or suffocated in the blankets. How do I stop these awful dreams? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Apr 19, 2012 - 22 answers

My best guess is that the Very Hungry Caterpillar is really terrifying.

Toddler nightmares: what helped you calm the shrieking beast? [more inside]
posted by sonika on Apr 9, 2012 - 35 answers

What's the opposite of "Wish List"?

So I read Helter Skelter and now I can't sleep. What other books should I avoid reading? [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on Apr 9, 2012 - 47 answers

I need nightmare fuel

I'm writing a short story that involves a man who has panic attacks/hallucinations while driving. So, Metafilter, what bridges/roads/waterways are you scared of and why?
posted by oxfordcomma on Feb 10, 2012 - 87 answers

I'm sick and my boyfriend is sick of me.

Multiple Issues Filter: I've been dealing with depression, anxiety and trouble sleeping for the past few years. I was on meds (effexor and klonopin) for 8 and 4 months respectively before tapering off of them rather quickly so I could have a sleep study done. Last night was my sleep study. The tech woke me up at 2am to adjust a wire, and when she entered the room I started screaming at the top of my lungs. [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx on Feb 8, 2012 - 34 answers

where did these nightmares come from?

My nightmares as a child possibly directly lifted from unknown horror movies? [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace on Jan 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Are nightmares a symptom of SSRI discontinuation?

You are not my doctor/psychiatrist: bizarre prozac/fluoxetine withdrawal symptom? [more inside]
posted by marriedtotacos on Aug 27, 2011 - 8 answers

kitchen nightmares - UK and US version. why is there such a huge difference in quality?

kitchen nightmares - UK and US version. why is there such a huge difference in quality? [more inside]
posted by canned polar bear on Aug 18, 2011 - 26 answers

That Dweam Within A Dweam!

I want to learn how better to control my dreams while in them. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on May 13, 2011 - 12 answers

Do I need a therapist, an MD, or an exorcist?

I'm a normal, rational person who doesn't subscribe to the paranormal. But I've been having terrible dreams/wakings for the last few months. Help me figure out what's really going on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2010 - 36 answers

Dreams and Nightmares Costume Ideas

I need costume ideas for the theme "dreams and nightmares"! [more inside]
posted by t-rex on Aug 24, 2010 - 24 answers

Why do I have nightmares every night?

Why do I have nightmares EVERY night? [more inside]
posted by shortbus on Aug 19, 2010 - 27 answers

I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space

NightmareFilter: Every few months I have a really bad nightmare that leaves me sort of shaken and out of it for the rest of the day. How do I shake that kind of mood? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Nov 11, 2009 - 18 answers

I'm dreaming of a well-rested Unicorn...

Almost every dream I have is a nightmare, if I remember the dream. Is there a way to train myself not to do this? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Nov 9, 2009 - 20 answers

Never had a nightmare

I've never had a nightmare. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2009 - 22 answers

I'm a bit reluctant to go to bed...

I have bad nightmares... [more inside]
posted by Neonshock on Aug 10, 2009 - 15 answers

Staggering Insomnia Almost Seems Preferable

Please hope me get control of my bad dreams until I can resolve their real-world roots. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Jul 25, 2009 - 15 answers

I just want to sleep without seeing dead people in my room

Why do I keep having these insane dreams and how can I make them stop? (long) [more inside]
posted by anniek on Jul 22, 2009 - 19 answers

Go away, nightmares!

Help me get rid of nightmares! [more inside]
posted by lunit on Sep 16, 2008 - 16 answers

Link between 'non-restorative' sleep and nightmares?

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. [more inside]
posted by dinkyday on Jul 20, 2008 - 22 answers

Are my memories real? Does it matter if they aren't?

How can I be sure that my childhood actually happened? [more inside]
posted by Avenger on Oct 23, 2007 - 42 answers

nightmare

So, when I fall asleep on my back I almost always have really intense, cold-sweat, dreams that are almost always very stressful and nightmarish. This never happens when I sleep on my side. Why is this?
posted by protocool on Apr 11, 2007 - 11 answers

Books in the vein of Adam Curtis?

I've been on a (scary and depressing) kick of the Adam Curtis documentaries (Century of the Self, The Power of Nightmares). What non-fiction books does MeFi recommend in a similar vein? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Mar 16, 2007 - 7 answers

How to get rid of bad dreams?

My partner reports consistently having bad dreams. She would like to be able to either (a) have good dreams instead, or (b) just not remember them anymore. What techniques/practices are there that can help her achieve this? I'm at a loss to help her, because I've never had the problem. [more inside]
posted by voltairemodern on Jan 24, 2007 - 24 answers

The Revolution in My Head - Che gives me Nightmares

So I have been reading this biography of Che Guevera, and I find it gives me nightmares... Why? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish on Oct 5, 2006 - 13 answers

Weird things happen when I sleep

Weird things happen when I sleep. I thought this happened to other people too. Then, tonight, when I mentioned it to my mother she said, "No, that's never happened to me." What is it? Is there an explanation? [more inside]
posted by generic230 on Dec 26, 2005 - 46 answers

Can nightmares be caused by the need to urinate?

Can nightmares be caused by having to use the bathroom? [more inside]
posted by jojopizza on Dec 14, 2005 - 20 answers

Why haven't I ever had a good dream?

In my entire life, I have never had a good dream (that I can remember). What can I do about this? Every morning I awake feeling like I've just endured an extremely intense work out. These nightmares terrify me and are incredibly vivid. It feels like I am dreaming all night long, without ascending and descending through all of the stages of sleep. Is it possible to get too much REM sleep? If so, what causes this? Any sort of suggestion, outside of recommending therapy (done that), would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by crapulent on Mar 29, 2005 - 21 answers

Are there any natural things I can do to have "pleasant dreams" rather than nightmares?

For the past few weeks I've had nightmares that involve demons (not the little guys that have red pitchforks and make you do the wrong thing...but very eerie spooky ones). This is freaking me the hell out because I can't sleep and when I do sleep I have nightmares!

So before I go to a counselor to tell me that I'm a looney toon, is there any natural things I can do to have "pleasant dreams?"
posted by Hands of Manos on Jan 27, 2005 - 47 answers

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