So, I have replied here before about my dreams in response to at least one other member.
I do have some vivid regular dreams, but my most vivid dreams are nightmares. And, I suspect the reason is stress.
When my kids were small I'd often dream that something terrible happened to one of them and wake up crying.
Now, I still sometimes dream those types of things. But more often than not they are dreams in which something is trying to catch me, and I am running and running. Sometimes I wake up feeling like I haven't rested.
Other times I will dream that I am working, and wake up thinking, "Ugh, I was just dreaming and now I have to actually get up and work." hehe
Have you seen the doctor yet? I have chronic pain and allergies, and sleep is an elusive thing for me. My doc said that one of the reasons I dream so much and yell out in my sleep is anxiety and just the lack of hitting that deep stage of sleep for long enough.
I don't sleep walk, but I definitely mumble and yell out. My dreams are often about running from something or about something bad happening. I wake up crying or feeling panicked. I often am conscious at some point that I am dreaming and try to wake myself up.
I definitely feel for you, and I hope you are getting some relief.
I hope more people answer this one. I have to admit that I don't make my bed every day. I am a neat sleeper, so if I am by myself all I have to do in the morning is pull the covers up and toss the pillows back on.
My husband, on the other hand, is a messy sleeper. He pulls the sheet out from the bottom, and half the time I get in bed after him at night, and he has completely turned the comforter at some odd angle so that I only have the tip left on my side. LOL.
Needless to say, making the bed after he's left for the day is a bit more challenging. I have chronic shoulder pain, so many times I just leave it as is.
However, not long ago I came across this blog article here on WebMD that suggests making your bed every day leads to a more sleep-inducing environment. Hmmm. Maybe I'll give it a try for a couple of weeks and see if I sleep better. Willing to try anything at this point.
My dream bedroom looks like it belongs in the breezy Caribbean.
The floors are lovely dark walnut with soft cotton rugs dashed around. The bed is a rice bed with mosquito netting hung like a canopy. Everything is lush shades of earthy greens and browns. And large windows and french doors open out onto nature.
There's a lovely ceiling fan whirring overhead.
The mattress is made of memory foam so I sink down into it with a smile.
For me, the biggest thing is relaxing about an hour before bed. I have a warm cup of decaf herbal tea and sometimes end the evening with a hot bath or shower right before I pull on my jammies and hit the sack.
I sometimes read, but I try not to do that RIGHT before I lay down. And, I also try not to work on my computer or watch TV an hour before bed. Gotta get in shut down mode.
I also have to have it dark to sleep. No glowing alarm clocks, etc.
The mattresses are upwards of $1500, depending on the size and brand.
I have a topper that I bought at Target. It's a middle of the road version, and I spent $90 for it for my king bed. But, it's so much better than just the bare mattress. I have back and shoulder problems, so it makes a big difference.