Thursday, August 23, 2012

Depressing Dreams?

Since I took the day off today to take my Dad to the Heart Center at MGH (the appointment went well), I had most of the afternoon to myself. While I was flipping through the channels and landed on a Nova show on dreams.  I happened to stop on the channel when they said that people with depression spend most of their sleep time in REM sleep and how that is bad.

Can dreams contribute to depression?

I almost never remember my dreams. The only time I remember if I happen to throw a pillow because it is filled with snakes or some other thing like that. Or if I dream during a short time sleeping. Then I wake up in the morning I am all confused on how that pillow ended up on the floor or how I ended up in a strange position. Those dreams can’t be good. Since I sleep alone I don’t know if I do stuff like that often.

Do have depression and notice you have a lot of nightmares? Or think you do? I wish I remembered my dreams. I would love to see if that is contributing to my feelings of hopelessness and depression.

Anti-depressants work to reduce REM sleep thus cutting down the time you are dreaming, which helps with depression.

And some good news…..

Today while I was driving my Dad into Boston, we talked about my moving. My friends are always trying to get me to move to the North Shore of Boston. Here in Boston, there is the North Shore and the South Shore and the two shall not meet. I am a South Shore gal.

I mentioned to my Dad that I want to move, whether it be to Denver or to the North Shore or Boston or where ever. My father said I should go to Salem. That should make my friends smile. He also told me not to let him hold me back from moving away. I am so torn.


  1. Jen, I don't remember a lot of my dreams, but of those I do remember, a lot seem to be bad or to leave me feeling unsettled.

    I can understand being torn about moving. It's not an easy decision. It sounds like your dad is supportive, though, and I hope that helps you.

  2. That is REALLY interesting information about dreams. I do notice when I'm stressed, or going through a rough time, I tend to have more nightmares than when I'm feeling ok. I used to take prescription sleep aids and when I used those I rarely remembered my dreams. The tradeoff is I felt groggy the next day.

    I've also been in the same position as you about moving. For me, I decided to stay close enough to my parents (about 1 1/2 hours) where I could get down if I needed to. It was the right choice for me, doesn't mean it will be for you. Just know whatever you do, do it for YOU and not for anyone else.

  3. I have a ton of nightmares. Last night's were especially bad. I'm jealous that you don't remember yours.

    You know what a fan of Salem I am ;) Don't let someone else tell you where to live, though. Maybe visit a few places first?


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