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I sleep poorly and tend to have nightmares. Usually it's your typical UOF nightmare where you're shooting a gun that doesn't do any damage or getting stabbed repeatedly by an offender much stronger than you. Generally these feel pretty fast and I tend to forget them quickly but last night I had one that I cannot seem to get out of my head and it was far more vivid than usual albeit unrelated to the usual ones.

In the nightmare I was doing some work on the front mudroom of my home and cutting something with an angle grinder. The tool slips and the large blade lodges itself in my upper chest and lower neck. I am unable to avoid damage and the grinder does alot of damage before I can remove it. I then make a bee line for my fiancée in an attempt for help before collapsing on the floor of the living room and passing out from extreme blood loss. As things fade I think there is nothing I can do about it and I panic as I realize it's all over and there is much I never accomplished. Things then faded completely black for what felt like hours. I startled myself awake and shocked my fiancée who told me I had only been asleep for about an hour and asked me what was wrong. I said nothing and just laid there relieved that I wasn't actually dead.

I then took some melatonin, had some water, and fell asleep for a few hours. I don't know if it's because of night shift or something else but my sleep pattern is worsening as are the frequency of nightmares like that. Anyone with some time in have sleep tips and/or related stories?
 

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1. Start correcting what’s stressing you out in your work/home life to the extent you are able.
2. Don’t fight your subconscious, it‘ll always win. Nightmares are gonna happen sometimes. Square with that and it’ll help a little. They’re common, not unusual.
3. Avoid sleeping pills and definitely avoid alcohol for self medication. Eat right. Get exercise. Do things you enjoy. Help others.
4. If you’re actually PTSDing, talk to a professional about it. It can be fixed. Same goes for depression/anxiety.
5. You’ll be ok. These things wax and wane over the course of a career.
 

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Back when I used to get them (the gun or fighting ones) i took that as a sign from my sub conscious that I was getting rusty in those skillsets. I took time to train and do drills. Those would usually go away then
 

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I've been retired almost 6 years now and those shooting nightmares still occasionally come calling...
 
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Back when I used to get them (the gun or fighting ones) i took that as a sign from my sub conscious that I was getting rusty in those skillsets. I took time to train and do drills. Those would usually go away then
This.

When I started, I shot IPSC competition. I carried a 1911. I “felt” very confident. I was, in reality, probably just a skinny little kid but, I felt really good.

I never really had “the dreams”. As a matter of fact, I had a recurring dream. I got in a pursuit. A grey pickup. It went down a little hill at our old animal shelter. Stopped, both doors opened. Driver and passenger jumped out. Driver had a pistol, passenger had Ruger 10-22. (Yeah, it was that specific). I opened my door and, I actually heard the Beep of an old PACT timer as I drew and fired two rounds. Ending the problem.

The dreams can indicate you really don’t want to hurt someone else. Normal and healthy. Or, like pgg00 you feel you’re not as confident as you think you should be.

If you have been in a bad situation, maybe it is a little PTSD that needs to be worked out.

Or, I have Sociopathic tendencies and, have no issues shooting people.😁
 

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I sleep poorly and tend to have nightmares. Usually it's your typical UOF nightmare where you're shooting a gun that doesn't do any damage or getting stabbed repeatedly by an offender much stronger than you. Generally these feel pretty fast and I tend to forget them quickly but last night I had one that I cannot seem to get out of my head and it was far more vivid than usual albeit unrelated to the usual ones.

In the nightmare I was doing some work on the front mudroom of my home and cutting something with an angle grinder. The tool slips and the large blade lodges itself in my upper chest and lower neck. I am unable to avoid damage and the grinder does alot of damage before I can remove it. I then make a bee line for my fiancée in an attempt for help before collapsing on the floor of the living room and passing out from extreme blood loss. As things fade I think there is nothing I can do about it and I panic as I realize it's all over and there is much I never accomplished. Things then faded completely black for what felt like hours. I startled myself awake and shocked my fiancée who told me I had only been asleep for about an hour and asked me what was wrong. I said nothing and just laid there relieved that I wasn't actually dead.

I then took some melatonin, had some water, and fell asleep for a few hours. I don't know if it's because of night shift or something else but my sleep pattern is worsening as are the frequency of nightmares like that. Anyone with some time in have sleep tips and/or related stories?
You just have some insecurities going on there, think it through and it will go away!
 

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Everybody has nightmares, different situations. Nightmares like dreams tend to mock what is going on or most common to your every day life or some aspect of it.

I studied and practiced a LOT of martial arts in my twenties and every dream fight or attack usually involve me kicking them eventually and I mean kicking the the tar out of what ever it is, bad guy or animal. The problem is as people get older that mechanism for sleep paralysis wears off a little as you get old. If I start kicking around the wife kicks my feet back and that just makes the dream seem more real... I thought she was going to break MY LEG sometimes.
 
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Mine have always involved being in gunfight where, no matter how hard I pulled the trigger, the hammer wouldn't fall. The scenarios differed, but in every one, I REALLY needed to shoot someone but just couldn't make the pistol fire. I have no advice, but I am encouraged by 4949shooter's message.
 

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I used to have nightmares being chased by a tiger, who would just get a bite of me in the side before I wake up. Used to have them where I could fly if I concentrated hard enough. Also had some where a gun wouldn't fire. Had one where my pager was on top of some change on my dresser, and apparently was on vibrate, it went off, change was buzzing, and prompted me to have a dream about being attacked by bees. Woke up in a cold sweat.

For nightmares where I'm just in a fight with someone, I've found an effective way to get out of them. Apparently my wife wakes me up when I kick her as I'm dreaming.

Perhaps my most frightening dreams are the ones that where you can feel what's going on, as if they're really happening. One stands out in particular, dreamt I had to go to the bathroom REALLY bad, and barely woken up in time to scramble to the bathroom. As I peed, I closed my eyes and sighed in relief, it felt so good. When I opened my eyes again, I was still in bed. I had dreamed the whole thing. I was terrified to reach under the covers to find out if I'd actually been peeing... :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: Luckily I still had to pee and it was only a false alarm...

On the whole though, rarely remember dreaming, rarely have nightmares. Just once in a while. They generally are pretty strange when I do remember them, don't make any sense.

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Don't EVER take Ambien........seriously!
I slugged it out with sleep meds for years. should have never gone down that road. I was finally able to go cold turkey not long ago. Crappy night's sleep now and then, but it's SURELY better than the alternative. All I take now is one Unisom before bed, and they are just antihistamine. They do seem to help a bit. Melatonin never did much for me.

Stay AWAY from sleep meds, and "sleep specialists".
 

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Nightmare that my senior citizen mother died last night. Not cool.

Hardly ever get to see her because I've disowned everyone else in my family. Just my mom and sister left.

Think it's a good time to fast for a week. Being too fat or needing to heal, seems to bring on the bad dreams.
 

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Been there dealt with that/ still deal with it but not nearly as often. For me it was mostly no matter how hard I pulled the trigger the gun wouldn’t shoot. A few things for me that helped but never fully solved it.

Training. Having confidence in capability helps in everything.

Another thing that most don’t think about is chemical. Especially with cops, and especially those of graveyards we need to be careful with vitamins and understanding what our body is doing. Go to an endocrinologist if you can and get labs done.

Something else that helped me was understanding why. Dr Gilmartin explains it very well.

And has been said so many times. Stay away from the sleep meds. Lean more towards natural stuff and or low dose melatonin. And try and avoid alcohol on the bad days.

Also if possible find someone to talk frankly with. Be it a battle buddy of spouse, or clergy or Dr. doesn’t matter. Don’t keep it in.
 
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