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I’m having frequent false awakening and nested dreams

Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan

Last Updated: July 7, 2020 12:38 PM

Anonymous 16 months

Background: F29, heavy smoker, used to drink but quit in March, relatively stressful job but I manage well.

My daily routine 5 days week include waking up at 6 and sending my sister to work. I’d go to my own workplace after but because I start shift at 12 I’d usually sleep on the couch in the locker room for a couple of hours. My problem is I’ve been experiencing false awakening and nested dreams whenever I do that. I am fully aware that I am dreaming and I try to wake myself up. Whenever I wake up in my dream, I’d look for clues that it is not yet reality. I wake up a few times in my dream and it gets very distressing. I became scared that I will never wake up and cried and pleaded to the people in my dreams to shake me awake. Whenever I thought I have woken up, I couldn’t move a muscle and then I’d realise that I’m still stuck. And the cycle of dreams start again. It’s very distressing. When I finally wake up, I’d wake up with a start.

It doesn’t happen at home at night or in the staff bedroom (where I nap n the evening). It only happens in the morning. It’s been going on for around 2 weeks, 3-4 times a week. The nested dreams have gotten longer.

Dr Ramzdhan 15 months
General Practitioner

Thank you for your questions. The following answers regarding your current queries are just general descriptions due to the limited information provided by you. Click on this link (DoctorOnCall) for a private consultation with our doctors.

First and foremost, we truly understand your concerns regarding your symptoms and other health problems you might be facing. From your complaints, we believe that your condition may have multifactorial causes such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of exercising
  • Hormonal problems (thyroids etc.)
  • Medications/ consumption (caffein/ alcohols)

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Last Updated: Tue Jul 07 2020 12:38:36 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)
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