Anyone else deal with extremely realistic dreams?

For my entire life I've never been one to remember very many of my dreams, but when I do, they're often so realistic that I have a hard time distinguishing whether they actually happened or not.

Tonight I had one that woke me up in a complete and total panic to the point that I had to take my first Xanax in months. I dreamed that I woke up and couldn't remember what I'd done the night before. I remember laying in bed and trying to make sense of my lack of memory and going back to the last thing I remembered. I was going through all the motions of anxiety, knowing I hadn't been drinking, knowing I'd been with my husband and family at a restaurant, steering behind because they'd messed up our order and the manager had offered to fix it and I knew my husband had to be up early for work so I sent him on while I waited. It just kept going on and on and nothing added up. Finally (thankfully) my dog woke me up into reality and I was hyperventilating like crazy. I guess I'm just looking for reassurance that I'm not the only one that suffers from these crazy realistic dreams.

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  • Lm92, I have very "Real" dreams often, I have ever since my first twinge of anxiety. Some are nice and some are upsetting and I recall all sometime throughout the day if not as soon as I wake up. It was a vivid dream about my granny, 6 months after her passing that sent me to my first Psychologist appt. I don't know why our dreams are so real-like. I was put on depekote as a mood stablizer years later and told it brings about vivid dreams, I just thought, "Wonderfull" and indeed they do. I have just gotten used to it over the years. Your dog sensed you were in distress and woke you. Mine have learned on their own, Mommy is going to be anxious soon and stay by my side while 2 go get my Dad and bark till he wakes up. Some how they just know.

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