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Since the onset of DPDR, but moreso recently, I have noticed that my dreams have been out of control. Like, some wild ass dreams. I have also become an alcoholic (probably to fill the void that cannabis left in my life) but I am not sure if they are comorbid in effect or if my dreams are only due to DPDR. I hae found that usually when Im trying to fall asleep, or in the period of transferring from a sleeping to waking state, it feels like I am in some sort of dream purgatory. What I mean by this, is that my mind runs so rampant while trying to fall asleep that I may as well be having a crazy dream, and when waking I find that I had become so absorbed in my dream that going from a sleeping state to a waking state is incredibly difficult and I spend upwards of an hour after "waking up" to try and "finish my dream." Just wondering if anyone else has the same experiences.
 

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I have had a lot of problems with sleep since this started. It’s my main problem honestly. I’ve tried so many different things to help and I notice that my dreams when close to waking are very wild and all over the place. Once I wake it’s hard to remember the details but it’s definitely an on going issue. A lot of the time the dreams are so wild they will wake me up and my heart will be racing. So I’m trying to keep working on that. I envy those that can sleep thru the night peacefully.
 

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I have exactly this. Where its like in the middle of sleeping and wakefulness. Its torture cause the dreams usually involve nightmares of all my fears as of late. But they dont feel like real dreams as they are more feeling based than image based. Its totally freaky. Sleep purgatory is a good way of putting it. The only times this doesnt happen for me is if i fall asleep to guided meditation or if i have been up SO LONG that i pass out from mental exshaution.
 

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Yes definitely insane dreams. They're so vivid that its scary. When i wake up i can almost remember them perfectly, like they've been seared into my head. It's hard for me to fall asleep in the first place, if i start drifiting off i immediately snap back awake because it feels like i'm scared of something. I've found that if i drink before i go to bed, i can normally pass right out and have no recollection of my dreams at all
 

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I have absolutely vivid and disturbing dreams on a daily basis ever since developing DP/DR and I even believe it's gotten worse since. Because of having derealization it makes it hard to differentiate the dreams from reality when I wake up so If the dream is particularly bad it'll make my DP/DR 100x worse that day. It's mentally exhausting since sleep is normally an escape for me but as of recently it's become the complete opposite.
 
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