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Remembering dreams : Good or Bad sign?

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Remembering dreams : Good or Bad sign?

Postby cu107 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:25 pm

Can remembering the dreams be a sign to evaluate the quality of the sleep?

We need to wake up during REM sleep to remember the dreams. So from this point of view, remembering dreams is an indication of awakenings which is bad sign for quality of the sleep.

But on the other hand, it is also indication of having REM sleep which is definitely a good sign.

I am confused about that...

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Postby truckerdad57 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:19 pm

Remember I am not a sleep doc.. I drive truck for a living.....

Remembering your dreams is a GOOD sign!!!

It is an indication that you are getting into REM sleep. When doing screenings for OSA one of the areas we will ask questions about is whether you remember your dreams or not. It is a good indicator of the quality of sleep... not remembering your dreams.... probably not good qualitry sleep......

In evaluating someone on CPAP.... if they are remembering their dream is another factor a good sleep doc, RT, or RPGST will use in evaluating if your CPAP treatment is effective.
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Postby jrinker » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:41 pm

Long before I ever knew anything about sleep apnea,let alone that I had it, I always noticed that if I could remember dreaming, I felt as if I had had a good night's sleep. When I could remember my dreams, it felt as if I had enough sleep that night. Usually, I did not remember my dreams, so the difference was quite noticeable to me.

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Postby ApexAZ » Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:56 pm

For me, I didn't remember any dreams at all before I was diagnosed.

When I had my study, I learned I never had any REM sleep whatsoever. So in my non-medical professional opinion, having and remembering some dreams is better than none.

Now that I'm being treated and 100% compliant, I dream often :)
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Postby Mrs Rip Van Winkle » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:31 pm

Before being diagnosed with SA I thought I didn't dream at all...which I didn't due ot not getting any REM.

I believe after REM we go back to a lighter stage such as stage 1 (I forget so need to look that up :-) ...anyhow, if that is true then it may not be a 'true' awakening or arousal but the fact that stage one is the stage where we are kind of 1/2 asleep 1/2 awake. Please correct me if I am wrong :-)
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