Can't dream

Taylor Little (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago

I know there are lots of discussions about lucid dreaming, which sounds freaking amazing, but I’m stuck at a deeper level. I can’t remember the last time I dreamed.

I could probably count on one hand how many times I dream each year, I’ve only had one nightmare in my life, and I’ve never had a wet dream (which concerns me as I don’t know any other guy who can say the same)

I love the idea of dreaming and want a way to provoke them. I have been told many times that I do dream, I just can’t remember them. And I have had suggestions to write them down as soon as I wake up, but I can’t do that if they never happen. Anyone else have or had this problem? Is something wrong with me?(seems unhealthy) Any suggestions on what I could do, I’m completely at a loss

February 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm
Conner J. (1,558) (@connerj93) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

If you didn’t dream, you’d go crazy. If you don’t work out, go work out. Run everyday, stop eating shit, and stop using drugs (even nicotine) if you do. A clear mind is a healthy mind. Perhaps you in fact don’t remember, which is a sign of an unhealthy mental state and should seek improvement.

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Jamin Slack (6) (@jaminslack) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, Absolutely look into meditation if you haven’t already. I never had a lucid dream experience until meditating. I also used to not remember any of my dreams. This is something that over time meditation can help fix.

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Rob Goughnour (9) (@thegouj) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

for me i only dream if im not stoned out on weed/pills/alcohol or i just ate and have a full stomach. try eating a snack of cheese and bananas before bed the nutrients power up your brain for dreams.

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winslow (85) (@winslow) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, Dont concentrate on dreaming. Maybe you do but you dont remember them..

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Taylor (152) (@taysand) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@winslow, actually I’ve heard you should do just the opposite. The goal is to get the idea stuck in your subconscious, which is where your dreams partly get their content

@tlrlittle, you dream several times each and every night. Like someone else said, you would go crazy if you didn’t dream. A good method would be to tell yourself several times each night before you go to bed “I am going to remember my dreams”. Keep saying that and most importantly BELIEVE it to be true. Keep doing that every night until you start remembering even a little bit. If you remember any fraction of it, write it down in the morning. Eventually you’ll start remembering them more and more

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Anonymous (214) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

If you smoke marijuana recreationally and/or around bed time it has been proven that THC prevents individuals from accessing REM or Rapid Eye Movement sleep, which is generally associated with the level of sleep that leads to dreaming. Although you may “feel” tired and about to pass out (people argue weed helps them sleep) it is factually counterproductive, especially for dreaming

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@connerj93, @thegouj, @justinr, All three of you hit the same point that I never thought before. For the last 5 years at least I’ve used weed to help me sleep. Maybe that has been holding me back. Also my short term memory doesn’t exist for that reason and if the problem is not remembering my dreams, well that would make sense. I recently quit and have been sober for just over two weeks now. So I guess I’m on the right path.

@jaminslack, Love meditating, for the last week I’ve been doing guided meditation right before I go to sleep, maybe I’ll get somewhere soon.

@winslow, @taysand, I actually don’t ever worry about or try to dream before sleeping. I often find the more I think the less likely I am to fall asleep. I’ll try doing a little chant before bed now though. I know I can, I know I can, I know I can.

Thank you all so much for the advice, I really appreciate it, I’ll post again if I end up getting somewhere

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, If it makes you feel any better I’ve never had a wet dream either bro. Matter of fact, I’ve only had a few sex dreams that I can recall (though oddly enough, the majority of them all have been quite recent).

I often find that I won’t remember dreams at all until I see something that triggers it. For example the other day I suddenly remembered that I’d had a dream about Skrillex (fuck knows why and have no clue what the dream was about) but I saw his picture somewhere and instantly my brain triggered to something about him in my sleep.

It’s quite amusing actually, as over the past month I have been eating very healthily and the few bad dreams I have had over the last weeks has been things like me eating ice cream and bread :P First world problems eh!

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@staylucky, Thanks, it’s actually very reassuring to know I’m not alone. It’s the one thing that has always made me worry (slightly) about the health effects of not dreaming. “First world problems eh!” Love it, such a first world problem, going to assume your a fellow canadian from that quote lol

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PeaceRiot (178) (@peaceriot) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, Do you make meditation a practice?

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Anonymous (272) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

MELATONIN!!!

Hormone that can be bought at pharmacy. It’s a tryptamine I believe, oddly enough.

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, I’m Aussie so we’re pretty much the same ;)

I have an unhealthy obsession with Alexisonfire, City and Colour, Black Lungs, Neil Young and I’ve just started watching the NHL so perhaps I am Canadian?

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Cody (472) (@versai) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

You’ve been dreaming this entire time, but haven’t been able to recall it IMO. Try taking a short 20-30 minute nap in the middle of the afternoon/evening. Set an alarm for yourself and I bet you’ll awaken right out of the middle of a dream. And when you wake up, don’t move!!! Don’t even open your eyes; just lay there and recall your last thought, which will be the dream. I notice even lifting my head or adjusting my limbs can cause the dream to slip right through my fingers.

I don’t think it has to do solely with THC, as I’ve been toking every day for the last 2 years and my dreams have only gotten more vivid and intense over that period. Do you toss and turn in the night? Maybe you’re just a damn good sleeper. I, on the other hand have to flop around into a new position every 40 minutes to stay comfortable and my awareness briefly picks up on some dialog or a glimpse of what I was just dreaming about. Seems to usually be about what I did that day or was most recently thinking about.

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PeaceRiot (178) (@peaceriot) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@ballsackturtles23, I’m not tryin to correct you in the least bit. I personally had a struggle with melatonin when I took it. My body became insensative to it and couldn’t sleep for awhile without it.

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Anonymous (272) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@versai, They (scientists) say you dream every night, usually 3-5 seperate dreams at 30 minuites a piece. Your brain just erases them a couple hours before you awake.

*Another tip, set your alarm clock to interupt your sleep. You are heaviest in REM 5 hours in, set your alarm for 5 hours after you crash.

**And TS, TRUST ME on the melatonin. It’ll make the dream about 10x more vivid and bizarre. Melatonin is a hormone made endogenously in the pineal gland.

***Also, as soon as you wake up, start talking about your dream or you’ll forget about it!

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PeaceRiot (178) (@peaceriot) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

If you don’t make meditation a practice I would. I’ve always been able to recall my dreams here and there. It wasn’t until I started meditating every day and getting in touch with my subconscious that I could recall my dreams every night. Super Effective!

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Anonymous (272) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@peaceriot, Any drug/hormone you take, you can’t take it habitually, your body will become used to it. Weed/Alcohol/Melatonin/Cocaine, whatever, don’t do it two days in a row. Just from my own experience. Your body WILL become dependent and it takes 6 weeks for your neurochemistry to return to normal.

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@ballsackturtles23, Yeah, I really am against manufactured pills and supplements. And the idea of taking a hormone really doesn’t seem like a good idea to me, fuck up my chakras and stuff you know ;) I think healthy lifestyle is the better option

@peaceriot, Yeah, for the last year I’ve done it occasionally, but I’ve only really been making a practice of it this last week.

@versai, I’ve done a lot of research into it in the past, and well I realize that one can day dream or dream during naps, I’m quite certain deep REM sleep is defined by when you dream, and I’d need at least half an hour to get into REM right? Also, I wake up when I open my eyes, I’m not really in control of my conscious while waking or right before sleep, but hey, I’ll give it a shot. And maybe the fact that I wake up naturally rather than to an alarm clock. That would make a lot of sense as I’ve heard you only remember a dream when you are woken up in the middle of it

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Anonymous (272) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, People that drink city water (because added flouride) usually have a melatonin deficiency (calcified pineal gland), which could be the reason for lack of dreams. Don’t take my word for it, google it. You might be returning the balance.

Your body naturally produces melatonin as well. It’s endogenous, just like DMT. And if people that live in the city didn’t have flouride in their water, they wouldn’t have a melatonin deficiency.

The melatonin ain’t gonna hurt you.

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Anonymous (272) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, Also, you gotta get over the “I don’t take supplements things” unless you grow your own food. Because, fact of the matter is, so many chemicals are added to the things you eat/drink.

Do you intake soda? Look up the ingredients for that. City Water? Look up what’s in that shit. Chicken? Check out what they feed the animals. Chips/junk food? Do you even know what that stuff is?

Melatonin is safer than store bought milk, bank on it!

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@ballsackturtles23, Haha well I was speaking quite generally, I do take a daily multivitamin for that exact reason. It’s just going any further than that, I’m just worried about tipping the balance. And yeah I know all about the calcification of the pineal gland, I really try to minimize my fluoride intake, and surprisingly for some reason they don’t put fluoride in the water in Montreal where I’ve been for the last two years. Didn’t put the two together though, if I have a melatonin deficiency that would be one thing, but then I would have trouble sleeping too wouldn’t I? I fucking hate soda, you know there is flame retardent in Mountain Dew? I actually only drink non-fluorinated water (like 10 cups a day) and have decent eating habits.

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Anonymous (272) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, Bottom line is, as long as our society is like this, there is no way around it. And we can’t go back to the archaic.

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

and I’m pretty sure Lay’s are only vegetable oil and potatoes, although I don’t eat those either. And yeah, those poor chickens, I get my eggs from a local farmer, they are cheaper too. Other than that, you do what you can, it’s a rough world

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Anonymous (272) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tlrlittle, Yeah, but what about breathing the methane/Rising Co/Co2 levels in the atmosphere. Chemicals released from factories/cars et ceterea. There is no such thing as a healthy lifestyle on this planet anymore.

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@ballsackturtles23, True that, not much you can do about it though

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