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always dreaming and wake exhausted?

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My Everlasting Dreams...
I find myself in a similar situation as those of you who mentioned that you dream all night long and wake up tired. I dream a lot and it seems as if every time I fall asleep whether it\'s for a short nap or my usual 8 hours at night, I dream and dream nonstop. I wake up \"exhausted\". It\'s as if I was awake the entire time. I don\'t know what to do. It\'s not as if my dreams are \"nightmares\" however sometimes they are strange and they are all mixed up; oftentimes, I can wake for a few moments and go right back to my same dream as if I have \"paused\" it. How strange this seems to me. Does anyone understand this? Thanks!

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replied April 2nd, 2011
Sleep Disorders Answer A21525

The tired feeling doesn't come from the dreams. It is probably a result of inadequate restful and deep sleep. Dreams occur in the REM stage of sleep, and too much of REM sleep can lead to a reduced 'quality' of sleep, even if the quantity appears normal.

There are a lot of reasons why your sleep architecture can be disturbed, which you will be able to discuss with your doctor. You may need to consult your GP first, and then a Sleep Specialist, if needed. Anxiety and stress are common factors associated with such a condition. You may also have to look into sleep apnea.

Hope this helps.

Abhijeet Deshmukh, MD

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