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Dreaming more. What does it mean?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Not really a Paleo specific question but I think many of us are more aware of our bodies than most people so I figured I would ask.

I think the general consensus is that all people dream, we are just not aware of it. For the majority of my adult life I rarely if ever dreamed in the sense when I woke up I was not aware of it. In the past month, however, they have been nearly every night. Very vivid and when I woke up I was fully aware of what happened.

I'm not really trying to do anything on purpose, but it's clearly a change from my normal state of sleep and I wanted to ask peoples opinion. Just curious if other people have gone thru this, or maybe been a dreamer to a non-dreamer and what happened, and also why do you think it happened. I can't really point to any major changes in my life/diet/routine so I'm wrestling with if it means anything, or nothing at all.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on December 01, 2012
at 03:58 PM

Same experience here

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on November 16, 2012
at 06:24 PM

Update: I've been taking 1 Serenagen (herbal "heart calming" supp) before bed, and I still dream vividly, but no nightmares. So Dragonfly, you may very well be right about the stress factor.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on November 14, 2012
at 12:02 AM

Yeah, I dunno. I wish it were that simple. I've certainly had more stressful, and more acutely stressful, times in my life with no nightmares.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on November 13, 2012
at 06:54 PM

Stress always makes my dreams a bit scary. Even a little bit of stress. I suspect it is my psyche working things out...

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on November 13, 2012
at 05:55 PM

I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts on this. I recently started having constant, vivid dreams that often take a turn into nightmare territory (like someone stabbing my Dad in the neck with a power drill nightmares). Then I'm awake for an hour or more in the middle of the night. It's starting to wreck me.

I've been supping with Mag Citrate for several months. I'm currently experimenting with not taking it to see if that's the cause, but two nights in and that doesn't appear to be the case. I'm also supping with vit D, B vit complex, 5MTHF, and an occasional Serenagen (herbal) for nerves. But I've been taking all this stuff for months with no issues, so I'm not optimistic there will be any answers there.

No other changes really, nothing dietary or lifestyle-wise, save for a slight uptick in stress due to a new project being taken on. But nothing that feels unmanageable.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on November 14, 2012
at 12:02 AM

Yeah, I dunno. I wish it were that simple. I've certainly had more stressful, and more acutely stressful, times in my life with no nightmares.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on November 13, 2012
at 06:54 PM

Stress always makes my dreams a bit scary. Even a little bit of stress. I suspect it is my psyche working things out...

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on November 16, 2012
at 06:24 PM

Update: I've been taking 1 Serenagen (herbal "heart calming" supp) before bed, and I still dream vividly, but no nightmares. So Dragonfly, you may very well be right about the stress factor.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on November 13, 2012
at 05:10 PM

I did a lot of lucid dreaming practice in my pre-Paleo days. Even ran a dream group briefly.

What I've noticed is that regular Magnesium supplementation (or a lot of dark chocolate, which was definitely part of my previous diet!) gives me more vivid dreams. I take 400 mg of Magnesium Citrate almost every night.

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Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

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on December 01, 2012
at 03:23 PM

In my experience vivid dreams = deep, good sleep. I'll take an hour of heavy-dreaming sleep over 3 hours of "I don't remember if I dreamed" sleep any day. Even if the dreams are the disturbing kind, I'm much more refreshed the next day.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on December 01, 2012
at 03:58 PM

Same experience here

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Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

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on December 01, 2012
at 04:34 PM

I haven't been supplementing with magnesium long enough for me to say that there is a firm connection between that and dreaming. I do have to say that after starting taking magnesium I'm dreaming more (if that's the right way to put it). I'm not having nightmares of any kind.

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on December 01, 2012
at 03:16 PM

I've heard that eating gamey and heavy meats can cause vivid or crazy dreams.. I just made a chili with grass fed beef and spicy italien sausage and my dreams have been super intense.

Last time this happened is when I had elk burgers. Also Dr. Oz says that taking Vitamin B before bed intensifies your dreams.

dream on!

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