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Now that I can keep my mask on at night (yeah!), a new issue has arisen...Lucid Dreaming. I am still exhausted and falling asleep at work but now every time I fall asleep (even if it is only for 5 minuets or less) I have very vivid dreams where I am fully aware and able to create and change things within the dream. I believe this is Lucid dreaming. And I am more and more afraid right before I got to sleep at night. (look folks, I'm not a little guy, It takes a lot to make me fearful and it is fear without reason.) And this has messed up my sense of time, big time! During a 12hr shift at work, I fall asleep for 2 minutes while standing up, and while asleep in dream land I experience 4hrs. This means I experience a 16hr shift. This is really strange and I don't really get it. Any thoughts or ideas?  Am I crazy or has anyone else had this happen to them? Hmmm... maybe I should lay off the boos for awhile, just kidding folks- I don't drink!

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It is obvious to any polysmnographer that the brain is very active during sleep. We see different levels of brain activity during the night. It was no shocker when they found dream type images during all stages of sleep. Night terrors are associated with Slow wave or Delta sleep. Most of the dream like images are not remembered by individuals unless they have a hard wake during these other Non-REM cycles. I will have to see if I can locate the NOVA documentary I find the subject interesting.
Here are 2 papers I found interesting on dreams.
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Being a believer in a Creator who created each of us in his own image, I find the subject of dreaming fascinating.

Did God create us with a mind that dreams when asleep? If so, why did he create us with this attribute? Is dreaming a God-like attribute?

Or were we created without dreams and original sin brought dreams into our lives?
THANK YOU!! Banyon on June 7, 2010 at 2:43pm

Banyon said:
Mark said: Lucid dreams .... not happy dreams ....

Mark,

What is happening to you is an excellent indication of good therapy. When I started CPAP, I went through the same thing - many vivid dreams and many of them unpleasant. Many other beginning CPAPers report the same thing.

Here is what is going on. Prior to CPAP you had many respiratory related arousals (RERAs) which caused you to get very little REM sleep (and maybe very little sleep at all). Now these arousals are being greatly reduced by CPAP and you are experiencing what some call "REM rebound".

When transitioning from a state of little REM sleep to a state of good sleep, the portion of time spent in REM sleep will be unusually high. The most dreams occur during REM sleep and people are more likely to remember dreams that occur during REM sleep. REM rebound can last a few nights and some people report it lasts for weeks.

What can help a person with the fear is, first, knowledge that REM rebound is a normal, healthy experience; second, understanding that everyone's dreams are strange by one standard or another: and third, knowing that the amount, vividness and strangeness of the dreams will subside in time.

I had been sleep deprived for a long time and it took several weeks before the dreams subsided. Fortunately I was informed about REM rebound and kept telling myself it was normal and would eventually go away.

Some people like to record their dreams in a journal. (My real life is so strange and wonderful that I didn't take the time to record the dreams. :))

Here is a mention of REM rebound - http://www.macalester.edu/psychology/whathap/UBNRP/sleep_deprivatio...
This is a really cool thing to ponder, Ecclesiastes 5:3, "For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words."
Ecclesiastes 5:7: "For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God."
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:".in Acts 2:17


Banyon said:
Being a believer in a Creator who created each of us in his own image, I find the subject of dreaming fascinating.

Did God create us with a mind that dreams when asleep? If so, why did he create us with this attribute? Is dreaming a God-like attribute?

Or were we created without dreams and original sin brought dreams into our lives?
Mark, How are you doing. Have the dreams subsided?

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