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To sleep with wires or not.

REM sleep behavior disorder. I've discussed it with my GP, psychologist and neurologist and we're fairly convinced I have it. Thrown myself out of bed twice in the last year, giving me a lovely new scar on my neck. Too many episodes of thrashing and kicking. Many, many episodes of talking. The last objectively confirmed by family while we were recently on holiday and thus in closer sleeping arrangements. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2016 - 5 answers

Lucid dreaming: how to switch from awareness to control

I have been able to lucid dream for all of my adult life; however, I get 'stuck' at awareness. I know it's a dream, I can generally redirect stressful or scary situations, but I can never seem to take full control - any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by AFII on Oct 3, 2016 - 7 answers

How did lucid dreaming suddenly manifest in my life?

For the past couple nights I have been aware of dreams in which I was sitting up, yet knew I was asleep and my first thought was "don't wake the cat" who sleeps curled up with me. Are these really lucid dreams - and if so, how shall I foster and welcome them? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Sep 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Dream a Little Dream of Death! Pain! Murder! Sadness! Good morning.

My dreams keep turning sour just before I wake up. Why? How to fix my brain? [more inside]
posted by pepper bird on Aug 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Can you go to prison just to 'keep your meat alive' to save the galaxy?

I'm wondering, for a story idea--what does the average American Joe need to do, to be kept alive at the effort and expense of someone else, ie "THE MAN", while he battles the Reptiloids in the Dream Realms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2016 - 34 answers

Funky Trash/Recycling Center in Greater Seattle Area. Dream or reality?

I have vague childhood memories spent stopping by a waste drop-off / recycling center in the the Greater Seattle Area. My family would drive through deposit different items in large receptacles. Was it for donations? Getting rid of trash? Who knows. All I remember was that each receptacle was maybe the size of a two-person tent and had a different color. They also had faces on them! They looked like DOTS Gum Drops with cartoon faces, kind of like Pacman Ghosts. There were maybe 8 of them? Stumped. [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on May 3, 2016 - 2 answers

How do I get back to having pleasant dreams?

I've noticed recently that when I've had particularly stressful weeks at work my brain ends up reliving those stresses through dreams/nightmares, leading me to wake up in the middle of the night with my mind racing and having trouble going back to sleep, which is obviously not helping the stress situation. Does this happen to you? [more inside]
posted by Karaage on Apr 17, 2016 - 14 answers

Books, films and television to pair with a rancid fever

I've come down with a full-on flu, and despite my best efforts, it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I'm basically couch-ridden and very, very feverish. Help me find media to consume that won't weave itself into my horrific fever dreams. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Jan 7, 2016 - 25 answers

Help me stay asleep!

Over the last few years, I've begun experiencing sleep disturbances that are pretty unpleasant. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2015 - 25 answers

If dreamcatchers were real, my dreamcatcher would be hazardous waste

Every morning, I have bad dreams, which means I wake up stressed, sweaty, gasping, full of adrenaline before I've even gotten out of bed. How do I change this? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Oct 22, 2015 - 21 answers

Count myself a man of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams

I regularly have bad, weird or confusing dreams and they make my mornings bad, weird or confusing. Does anyone have any tricks for separating the dream world from the real one? [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Jun 17, 2015 - 13 answers

In Search of Happy Thoughts

I noticed a few days ago that when I started reading before bed the nightmares I've been having for the past few months became less exhausting. Now I've run out of reading material and would love recommendations for some quick reads/videos/etc that I could indulge in before bed and when I wake up in the morning so my mind stops fixating on bad stuff. Share with me your happy thoughts, please! [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jun 16, 2015 - 17 answers

Help me find this blog entry(?) by a regretful, semitalented cartoonist.

Many years ago, I read a blog entry or the like by a person who followed his dream to be a cartoonist, despite not being very talented, and regretted his decision. Help me find it! [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Nov 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Title and author of a sci fi short story about dream crafting needed

I'm wracking my brains trying to remember the title and author of a science fiction short story to do with dream crafting. I suspect it is either Philip K Dick or Robert Heinlein but cannot pin it down. [more inside]
posted by Molesome on Jul 20, 2014 - 2 answers

How do I stay on track with my goals after I have this kid?

How did you find ways to have a great family, and to keep trucking along with what you need to do to fulfill yourself professionally, especially when that professional work is really tough (but rewarding?) In other words, how do I keep myself from just drooling over strollers all day? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Mar 4, 2014 - 19 answers

How can I forgive myself for something I did as a teenager?

When I was 15, I was extremely cruel to a friend and sabotaged our very special relationship. I was crazy and didn't really understand what I had done until college. When I finally "got it" too late, I wrote him a letter to apologize, but he never responded. 10 years later, suddenly the guilt is flooding back again big-time... [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Dec 17, 2013 - 49 answers

Help me focus less on my fears and more on my dreams.

I'm struggling with a lack of self-confidence and undercurrent of doubt, and hoping that I might be able to shift my attention more towards what I hope for the future than what I fear from it. What are some simple techniques that I can use to gradually move the spotlight over to the positive? Looking for very concrete exercises or practices. Something like: “start each morning writing a vision of what you want.” Would that actually work? I'd think it might just freak me out more, make me feel guilty that I'm not there yet. But something concrete like that. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Oct 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Stress Dreams Ruining My Sleep

I am waking up in the middle of the night every night due to panicky stress dreams/half-dreams that are about my job. Is there a way to stop this without having to find a new job? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Aug 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Can a taste transit the boundary of a dream?

I recently woke from a dream with an unusual, lingering taste in my mouth, after dreaming about tasting something. Could the dream have caused the aftertaste, or vice-versa? [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on Aug 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Trying to remember a quote about sleep being the greatest reward

Somewhere in the back of my brain there's a memory of a quote I once read, possibly by a Greek philosopher but just as possibly not. The quote was something about sleep (and maybe dreams?) being the greatest reward in life - that the only reason we toil through the day is to "earn" our sleep at night. [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

I can't sleep. I like sleep.

I usually sleep OK. Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep (mind racing, problems at work, etc, etc) but once I'm out, I'm out. I'll wake up once a night maybe to take a leak, but other than that, I'm good. Now, not so much. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 28, 2013 - 36 answers

Why do I keep dreaming about my ex?

Why do I keep dreaming about my ex? YANM Psych etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Help diagnose or correct my weird sleep behavior

I frequently half-wake from dreams and start doing or saying weird things while I’m in bed. They often relate to my dreams and it's a big disruption to my wife’s sleep as well as my own. What is going on with me and how can I stop it? Plenty of details inside. [more inside]
posted by wolfnote on May 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Supporting Oneself with Freelance News Photography: Possible??

It's looking like I'll be jobless this summer. Would it be possible to keep myself alive by taking photos of newsworthy events and selling them to news organizations? [more inside]
posted by Sheila Nagig on Apr 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Short poem about dreams for children

Can you help me find a <30 second poem about dreams that is appropriate for first graders? [more inside]
posted by mermily on Apr 10, 2013 - 12 answers

To Sleep, Perchance to Not Dream

My husband is frequently cranky/off his feed/out of sorts for hours after awakening either in the AM or after our traditional late afternoon nap (we both work from home, have for the past 10 years) and his response whenever I ask "what's wrong?" is usually "I had bad dreams." When he describes his dream it's not necessarily a nightmare, but for some reason it exhausts him mentally. [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on Mar 15, 2013 - 24 answers

Your dream retirement, given these circumstances?

If you were single, 53 and healthy and with an adult child roaming the Earth, where would you retire and why? Only limiting factors are 200K US in a retirement account and a pension of 40K US (with a COLA increase of $1600 each year).
posted by 1066 on Mar 9, 2013 - 28 answers

Recurring dream

I keep having the same dream over and over. Has anyone else had this? [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Feb 15, 2013 - 18 answers

Oh yeah, it runs on the world's most powerful graphics chip: Imagination!

What are some fun daydreams I can think about to fill up long bus journeys? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Dec 16, 2012 - 30 answers

Clean, mesmerizing, inspiring

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is one of the most beautiful, mesmerizing films I've ever seen, can recommend others like it? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Sep 10, 2012 - 41 answers

I'm always dreaming, even when I'm awake; it is never finished.

So, this might not even be a problem; I’m not sure, but I dream too much. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jul 25, 2012 - 13 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

Not exactly The Matrix, but what?

What is the name (medical/psychological term?) for this feeling that "my life been a dream since that one event several years ago"? [more inside]
posted by vidur on May 2, 2012 - 6 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

Getting sober and getting on with it

Getting sober and/or working towards your dreams: before, after or simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 - 20 answers

dreaming away

is it possible to stay locked in or stuck in a dream & never wake up? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 10, 2012 - 30 answers

I need to find the perfect job for me...

I'm a creative/analytical individual who thrives in an environment where I can tweak and testdrive many variables/things/ideas/etc in a creative way and put them to use for profit/critique/judgement/etc. I have all the time in the world to figure this out, but I want to get it right and I want to find a career I will love the rest of my life. [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Dec 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Why do I wake up with headaches in the morning?

Why do I wake up with headaches in the morning? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Dec 19, 2011 - 22 answers

It's great and all that I'm getting some in my sleep, but why and why so much?

Why have I been dreaming the same dream for years? (mildly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2011 - 6 answers

The dreaming mind

How does my brain know that I'm awake? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Dec 1, 2011 - 13 answers

How are British people taught to expect failure and disappointment?

Is it true, what Ricky Gervais says, about how in contrast to Americans and their high hopes, British people are taught to expect disappointment? British people: What life advice along these lines are British people given, that might differ from such U.S. ideas as Back to the Future's "you can do anything if you put your mind to it?"
posted by steinsaltz on Nov 30, 2011 - 56 answers

How to shake off vivid dreams in the morning...

Very vivid and intricate dreams - do you have tips on how to shake off lingering feelings in the morning? [more inside]
posted by apolune on Nov 25, 2011 - 23 answers

The Power of Dreams

Is dream analysis as a form of therapy common these days? I've been looking for a new therapist. (I love my old one, but I'm moving.) I found one guy who seems pretty great... except I'm a little worried about his claim that he does a lot of dream analysis. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Have you ever heard of a person getting mad at someone for something they did in a dream?

My mom woke up from a nap today and got very angry at me, for no reason at all. I asked her what was wrong and she told me about a nightmare and how I wouldn't run away from these tigers or whatever, after she kept calling me. I just laughed my head off, but she was seriously angry with me. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Jul 2, 2011 - 59 answers

How do you know if your setting yourself up for dissapointment?

I'm pursuing my dream but have so much pressure that it's not even fun anymore. Is this normal, or am I being unrealistic and setting myself up for disappointment? [more inside]
posted by Jofecopa on Jun 17, 2011 - 16 answers

Movie-like memories

Some of my best memories, when I think back on them, become more cinematic than linear, more musical than factual. They are a flowing montage of events, energy, motion. Often the memory is of an adventure or journey. Why does this happen? Who has written or made art about the capacity for our memories to be transformed in this way? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on May 27, 2011 - 1 answer

Can I go back to school yet?

Given my level of preparation, how reasonable is it for me to hope to get into a funded master's program in computer science? And can you suggest some schools that fund non-PhD students? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2011 - 6 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

Get outta my dream!

Married white female seeks a good night's rest without dreams of having intimate relations with a close male friend. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 - 17 answers

[music filter] Can you help me tracking down an ambient/chillout song out lucid dreaming?

I'm trying to find an ambient/chillout track (around an hour or so long, if I recall correctly) about lucid dreaming. [more inside]
posted by mrme on Jan 22, 2011 - 5 answers

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