antidepressants and sleep 
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 antidepressants and sleep


I have this peculiar problem.  I don't remember my dreams (I'm taking Parnate).
 One of my classes (a class on the biology & phenomenology of states of
consciousness) has a homework assignment where we're supposed to try to
remember dreams over
the next 2 weeks and basically perform a mental status exam on our dreaming
self.  (The diagnosis is supposed to be "delirium due to being asleep.")  They
do provide a way to do the assignment if you just can't remember any dreams,
but I'd really like to be able to do the homework as was intended (and not feel
like any more of a weirdo than I generally do).

Okay so that's my long-winded explanation.  The question I have is, does anyone
have tips for remembering your dreams?  (I've tried the standard stuff such as
keeping a notebook right by my bed, priming myself to remember them the night
before, lying in bed for a couple minutes when I wake up trying to remember any
dreams I've had, etc.  This just doesn't cut it.)

Thanks.  I will be really happy if I can find a solution to this one.


Mon, 30 Jul 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 antidepressants and sleep


>That's easy. Make sure you get woken up a lot. Like set your alarm to go off
>every forty five minutes. It's easiest to remember dreams if you either wake
>up from deep REM sleep promptly, OR if you stay in early sleep stages, BUT
>these dreams are usually really uninvolved. You could consult the lucidity
>institute online as well. Sleep disturbances cause dream recall.

This is what my usual sleep is like. Nice try, but if it were "easy" I'd be
doing it already. Sleep disturbances do not cause dream recall when REM is
suppressed to the extent that Parnate suppresses it (i.e., approaching 100%).

It has turned out that, with my skewed sleep architecture, what helps me to
remember my dreams is to take a sedative that lasts long enough that I get
about 6 or 7 hours. When I am able to sleep through most of the night
undisturbed, sleep cycles proceed more normally.

(You're a little late, too; the assignment was due last week.)


Wed, 29 Aug 2001 03:00:00 GMT
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