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Bad dreams when with boyfriend

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Hi. How come I always have bad dreams when i'm sleeping with my boyfriend? Sadly to say, almost every single time he's sleeping by my side. We don't sleep together often. Maybe just once every two weeks. For my dreams, they're rarely about him cheating on me so I ruled out jealousy. One of my dream was about zombies chasing and trying to kill me. Another was my parents, my brother and I trapped in somewhere. A few were about me running away from something, something scary. Other times I just couldn't remember the dream but know it wasn't a pleasant one. I rarely have these kind of dreams when i'm sleeping alone. Any help would be appreciated.

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replied December 8th, 2009
Sleep Disorders Answer A8338

Nightmares can be a result of stress and anxiety. The stress can be due to anything from work related, studies related or related to your relationship with your boyfriend. You could try and find out if you have insecurities related to your relationship.

The anxiety can come from some other sources, too. There could be memories of events in your childhood that may surface up when you are with your boyfriend, but you may not be aware of them.

I suggest you should visit a counselor for more help regarding this issue. You may even visit a sleep specialist for advice regarding sleep hygiene and sleep related disorders.


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