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Topic : 01/24 Dreams, Nightmares and Night Terrors

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Created on : Friday, January 20, 2006, 03:03:18 pm
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Dr. Phil's guests scream, punch, fight and even eat — all while they're sleeping. They suffer from nightmares, sleep terrors and other disorders that are destroying their lives. Scott's sleepwalking and sleep terrors have gotten so dangerous that he has attempted to smother his wife, Heather, with a pillow, has walked outside shirtless in freezing weather, and has even kicked Heather in the stomach when she was pregnant. Heather is not only concerned for her safety, but also for the safety of their two small kids. Then, Nathalie has been plagued by the same gruesome nightmare for 20 years, and worries that she's losing her sanity. What's behind these recurring dreams? Plus, Angela has been eating in her sleep for the past 15 years. She wakes up to find chocolate on her clothes, food wrappers in her bed — even tuna casserole on her fingers! Dr. Phil has advice for putting these sleep disorders to bed.  Join the discussion.


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January 24, 2006, 4:09 am CST

hope this helps

Quote From: lostgirl

I have a case worker  from the mental health center who is helping me now and helping me to learn  new coping skills to learn how to deal with my illnesses. It wont be easy, it will take a lot of hard work  on my part.  After I get emotional stable I'm hoping my night terrors will go away, these message boards help me so much. To talk to others and help me work through my pain, you guys are like my family. Is that ok? You understand because your going through the same thing, as I am I'm not the only person who is going through this. Thats why I don't feel alone in this situation, you people care and have compassion like Dr Phil. I'm not into talk shows, I always thought it was all phony to try to make money or something. Now I know it's not true since I watch Dr Phil, I even tape his show on my DVR I have it set to record every day so if I miss a show I can go back and watch it later. I learn a lot from this man he has a lot of wisdon and knowledge about this field and helps so many people. I'm praying he will have me on the show and wants to help me too.... 

What is he going to help you with, and what is the topic of the show...... I WONT MISS IT!!!!! 




i truely do hope you get help but i thought i would suggest this as i watched a documentary on this problem about a man whos night terrors were so bad that he thought he would hurt his wife. they did a sleep program on him where they stayed up and watched the approximate time that these were happening (normally the same time) and started to wake him up about 15 mins before the dreams began and over a period of time his sleep patterns were altered enough for him to let go of the night terrrors. hope this helps sorry to hear how you are suffering. 

good luck 

January 24, 2006, 6:10 am CST

son with night terrors

I am right now watching the show on night terrors. I have four boys. My youngest son began having night terrors at about 2 years old. He is now 11 and still has this problem along with other sleep issues. All the doctors I have been to say "he will outgrow it". This has not happened. The sleep disorder center said they do not see children. I have spent many years with out sleep because of this. He has even walked out side in his sleep. I hope todays show will give me some answers. I saw a dateline show on this a few weeks ago. I wonder why only now this problem is coming to light?
January 24, 2006, 6:11 am CST

night terror show

Quote From: cactus4rx

What does ADHD or ADD stand for?   

I will be very interested in this show.  I have walked, talked, and ate in my sleep.  I have also kicked doors and not remember anything.  I usually have a good time in my sleep.  I'm told that I laugh a lot.  BUT, I do get mean sometimes.  One morning when I woke up my 2 dogs were acting terrified of me.  I had a feeling I did something in my sleep.  I was having scary dreams every night for a period of time.  I figued out it might be the Noni juice (1 ounce at night) that I had started drinking.  I changed from drinking it at night to drinking it in the morning and the terrifing dreams stopped.  The Noni juice works for colitis.   

I saw a show about a guy that had drove to his mother- in- laws house and killed her in his sleep. A sleep specialist had proof that he stayed too long in his deepest sleep and he got off.  How could you live with yourself after that.  This can be scary stuff.  Sure is a mystery to me. 

I can only hope there is help out there for everyone, including me, with this problem.   I know Dr. Phil will be able to help........     


ADD is Attention Defecit Disorder and ADHD is Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder 

January 24, 2006, 7:15 am CST

Sleep Medications - Ambien

I was on Ambien to help me sleep.  One side effect that my doctor and I finally figured out was "sleep cooking" and "sleep eating"...mostly carbs, for some reason.  My doctor (Niti Thakur, M.D., Lansing Michigan, at the Beals Institute - arthritis, osteoporosis, and autoimmune diseases) questioned other of her patients also on Ambien and found others with "sleep cooking" and "sleep eating" side effects.  I was taken off of Ambien because I have a gas stove and I am known for NOT knowing how to cook and family and friends were REAL concerned that I was attempting to cook with absolutly NO supervision - YUP - I'm 60 -  and I live with my dog Lady Jane (who was also getting a bit pudgy - for some "unknown" reason) but I agree the kitchen is not a place that I ever feel safe.  Plus the fact that I had fallen and broken several glass dishes cutting myself badly and only realizing it after waking up. 


I just thought your guest with the problem of eating during the night with no recollection might be on a sleep medication with similar side effects. 


Love your show! 

Maggie Rutter 

Lyons, MI 



January 24, 2006, 7:18 am CST

PHYSICAL problems can cause this: Sleep Apnea

 I believe the first man,  needs a sleep study and could very likely have sleep apnea, lack of oxygen while sleeping. I have sleep apnea and when I used to be untreated for years, I would sleep walk even outside a few times,  scream in my sleep--so loud once a policeman came to my window thinking something really bad was happening to me, hit and kick--fighting whoever I was dreaming about, and many of the same things he has suffered. I even used to wake up in the bathroom and middle of my living room and my husband observed these things. Many people with sleep terrors will be told over and over its anxiety, you need therapy etc etc. But in many of the cases, it is actually a PHYSICAL problem. The first man shown, needs to have his doctor make him an appointment at a sleep clinic, and find out if anything is going on. If this is fixed, his problem will be fixed once he gets on a CPAP machine and has his oxygen levels. There are different variations of sleep apnea, and one does not have to be overweight, he is so serious, he could have central sleep apnea. . When I had sleep apnea treated, ALL OF THESE SLEEP PROBLEMS disappeared. I have not slept walked in over FIVE YEARS.
January 24, 2006, 7:22 am CST

Night Terrors in Young Children

My two year old son has had night terrors since he was six months old.  He could have up to six night terrors in four days.  Each night terror would last 20 minutes to just over one hour.  Then it would take about a half hour for him to recover from the night terrors.    We put him on a regular schedule but that still didn't prevent the night terrors.  If he was in a night terror we couldn't wake him up out of it.  He would look so frightened and upset.  Our pediatrician suggested when he was two years old to try Children's Benadryl and that is what has stopped his night terrors.  We give him Benadryl before naps and bedtime and he is able to maintain his sleep and get in the proper cycles of sleep.  I am curious if there is any relationship with allergies and breathing and sleep cycles.   Our son use to sleep on his hands and knees and since he has Benadryl he sleeps on his back or on his side peacefully.  I would encourage other parents to first discuss if Benadryl is safe for their child with the pediatrician.  I am hopeful that this will help another family like ours. 
January 24, 2006, 7:23 am CST

past life memories

These people could be suffering from past life memories.  Their cell memory is kicking in.  If you suffer from night terrors/nightmares bad dreams etc, I recommend you to do a simple routine before you go to sleep.  Before you go to bed, surround yourself with the while light of the Holy spirit and ask God to take those past life memories away.  Ask HIm to relieve you of your past life cell memory.  This should definately help you.  there's no harm in trying, I guarantee you it will help. :)  

January 24, 2006, 7:32 am CST


Dr. Phil is right in that you, the dreamer, must decide what the dream(s) symbolize.  I have interesting dreams in that I dream in chapters.  Mine will pick up where they left off and continue with a story line of sorts.  My dreams are also unusual in that I can separate myself, the dreamer, from the me in the dream.  I have had some recurrent dreams for days, weeks, months or years.  The strangest one represented a journey where I kept getting further and further down the road, and evidently at the end of the journey, I had to confront something (or someone).  Nights that I couldn't deal with the dream, I would hear myself saying, "wake up! wake up!," and I would.  When the dream resolved itself, I was standing on one side of a massive live oak, yelling to the other side, "you don't scare me anymore!"  This went on for several episodes, and when the thing on the other side of the tree emerged, it was me.  I concluded there was some issue, or some piece of me, that subconsciously I had to deal with, and evidently, telling myself I was no longer bothered by it, resolved whatever the issue was.  The dreaming in chapters is always interesting because I can pick up and leave off (most times) where I choose.
January 24, 2006, 7:35 am CST

01/24 Dreams, Nightmares and Night Terrors

 When I was 5 years old, the town I lived in was destroyed by 5 tornadoes. I remember hearing the sound of the storm and my mother throwing my sister and I into a small closet. I also remember feeling the whole house shake as a tornado in the air moved over our house. Ever since I have experienced nightmares of being caught in a tornado. I can see the tornado coming, and I'm screaming for the people around me to seek shelter. I also can hear and feel the storm going over top of me. I have this dream atleast a couple of times a month. I guess I've kind of learned to live with them. I'm not so scared when I wake up as I used to be. 
January 24, 2006, 7:41 am CST

past life memories

Interesting.  I think such things are possible.  I also believe we can contact others in our sleep.  When my daughter was still small and I carried her around on my hip, I was transported in a dream to the New Orleans of my childhood, complete with the sights, sounds and smells at my grandparents' home.  I was thrilled to be seeing my grandmother -- who was busy doing the things about the house as I recalled from my childhood.  I kept getting in her way, and beaming, would yell, "Look!  It's me, Grandmother!  I'm grown!  And I have this beautiful baby girl!"  I could feel myself getting more and more upset when she wouldn't respond, but decided I had been given this lovely chance to see her and re-live some memories, and had to content myself with that.  I have always felt she, too, knew I was there and visited with me and baby in a way I just couldn't share.  I woke up in tears but was incredibly happy with having had the dream.
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