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Why am I screaming in my sleep?

by Tasha
(Fort Stewart, GA)

So for about the past 3 months I have been screaming horribly in my sleep, I have no recollection of this but my husband or daughter wakes me up and tells me. I cannot ever seem to remember anything.

From what they say I am pretty much screaming as though something bad were happening. He will wake me up and tell me to stop as soon as I fall back asleep I'm screaming again. Its to the point where my husband cant sleep in the bed all night. My husband also states that I do twitch and shake a lot but I never leave the bed. Does anyone know what this could be?



Kevin: Hey Tasha, check out these articles on sleep terrors and sleep talking. They may have some insights to lend you on your quest.

Warmly,
Kevin


(Please keep in mind that I am a student of sleep science and not a medical doctor. Please take any thoughts I give with my background in mind.)

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Jun 09, 2012
Me Too NEW
by: Anonymous

This same exact thing happens to me. As far as I know it has never happened to me before but does not And it is so frequent that he sleeps on the couch now and sometimes I hit him from my arms swinging! I don't know what to do. I need someone's advice.

Jan 27, 2014
sleep NEW
by: Anonymous

check out with a sleep doctor. most likely it is sleep apnea. It is when you have pauses of stop breathing in your sleep. check with your doctor. I have it. If i dont use mu machine i have nightmares and screaming. It is terrible.

Jan 27, 2014
sleep NEW
by: Anonymous

check out with a sleep doctor. most likely it is sleep apnea. It is when you have pauses of stop breathing in your sleep. check with your doctor. I have it. If i dont use mu machine i have nightmares and screaming. It is terrible.

May 29, 2014
Help NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm 17 years old and I've had inconsistent night terrors and have only had 5 but they have happened recently (within the past 2 years) and one has happened about 20 minutes before writing this. However mine seem to go a lot further than bugs and all that stuff for example this one I've just had was about a guy trying to strangle me in my room and he was wearing a suit and top hat aswell as a vendetta mask. I awoke screaming for help from a friend in the dream and I was shaking and apparently moving voilently in my bed and I am covered head to toe in sweat. Is there anything that causes this and is there any way to stop them as every time it's happened I've woke up with a head ache?

May 29, 2014
Help NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm 17 years old and I've had inconsistent night terrors and have only had 5 but they have happened recently (within the past 2 years) and one has happened about 20 minutes before writing this. However mine seem to go a lot further than bugs and all that stuff for example this one I've just had was about a guy trying to strangle me in my room and he was wearing a suit and top hat aswell as a vendetta mask. I awoke screaming for help from a friend in the dream and I was shaking and apparently moving voilently in my bed and I am covered head to toe in sweat. Is there anything that causes this and is there any way to stop them as every time it's happened I've woke up with a head ache?

Jun 23, 2014
Sleep terrors for the past year NEW
by: Anonymous

I am a 48 year old female and the only medical problem I have is high blood pressure. I have never had a problem sleeping. I have always had vivid dreams with few nightmares. Over the past year I have started waking myself up screaming and sometimes calling frantically for my husband. My heart rate is extremely high and I am breathing heavy, scared to death. Sometimes I remember pieces of something frightening that seems to cause this other times I remember nothing. My husband will mention it and I have no recollection of anything. When I do remember the episode it is like seeing snapshots of something and for some reason it scares me horribly. I have seen 2 old men, a young boy at the foot of my bed, things floating above me and beside the bed. I saw a man walk into my bedroom and disappear before my eyes. I have even seen a giraffe!!
I know these are dreams because I wear contacts and can't see without them. I can see these people and things clearly so it must be a dream. I just don't understand what has triggered this and why now at my age?

Aug 06, 2014
17 & 48 yr old NEW
by: Anonymous

Maybe you are seeing spirits. See someone that can come and cleanse your home, anything is worth a try I say!

Aug 07, 2014
To the last poster NEW
by: Anonymous

Why did my comment go missing? I only stated the lady could be seeing spirits because of what she stated was. Happening. I still recommend to get her house cleansed if she wants it to stop or get any better

Aug 09, 2014
Nervous NEW
by: Diana

I just realized also I scream in my sleep then I wake up not remembering why or what I was screaming about. My hands shake sometimes for no reason. I am only 41 could this be REM sleep disorder. If so I would like to get better and help. There are also times I can't sleep I just rest. Now I am nervous to lay down and try and sleep not knowing if I am going to scream or just rest either way I don't feel like I have slept.

Aug 09, 2014
Nervous NEW
by: Diana

I just realized also I scream in my sleep then I wake up not remembering why or what I was screaming about. My hands shake sometimes for no reason. I am only 41 could this be REM sleep disorder. If so I would like to get better and help. There are also times I can't sleep I just rest. Now I am nervous to lay down and try and sleep not knowing if I am going to scream or just rest either way I don't feel like I have slept.

Aug 09, 2014
Nervous NEW
by: Diana

I just realized also I scream in my sleep then I wake up not remembering why or what I was screaming about. My hands shake sometimes for no reason. I am only 41 could this be REM sleep disorder. If so I would like to get better and help. There are also times I can't sleep I just rest. Now I am nervous to lay down and try and sleep not knowing if I am going to scream or just rest either way I don't feel like I have slept.

Sep 24, 2014
You're comment has been posted several times NEW
by: Venus1977

U said your comment didn't show up? Wel it was posted several times, along with the other comment u made which was posted 3-4 times. I think your computer is messed up or you didn't allot the time it took to have the post approved by the site before it was posted.

Sep 27, 2014
Screaming in my sleep NEW
by: Anonymous

my husband has told me that I scream in my sleep
I curse and yell I hate you , but I don't remember anything.
I am very concerned, I have no idea who I hate so much that it is effecting me. How can I find out what makes me yell this way


Sep 27, 2014
Screaming in my sleep NEW
by: Anonymous

my husband has told me that I scream in my sleep
I curse and yell I hate you , but I don't remember anything.
I am very concerned, I have no idea who I hate so much that it is effecting me. How can I find out what makes me yell this way


Sep 27, 2014
Screaming in my sleep NEW
by: Anonymous

my husband has told me that I scream in my sleep
I curse and yell I hate you , but I don't remember anything.
I am very concerned, I have no idea who I hate so much that it is effecting me. How can I find out what makes me yell this way


Oct 13, 2014
Screaming NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone. I am a 43 female and have been having bad dreams pretty much since I had a traumatic experience in July 2010. I have had a few episodes of sleep paralysis which is REALLY scary. In case no one is familiar with this I will briefly explain. You are half awake & half asleep, and as much as you want to wake up you can't move any limbs. When you try to call out for help you can't speak. I just keep moaning and mumbling hoping someone (my hubby) will rescue me from this nightmarish feeling. I feel as if I were buried alive and placed in a coffin, that's really the only way to describe it. It will take me a good 5 min, or so it seems, til I can move or speak. I still have these type of dreams once in a while, but mostly I have dreams where I wake up screaming really loud and my hubby wakes me and I come out of it confused with absolutely no recollection of what I was even dreaming about. This happens a lot. I also talk and moan in my sleep, or so I am told. I had obstructive sleep apnea that was surgically corrected in 2008 and I've since been rechecked and no longer have it. Anyway I just felt like sharing my story and see if any one else out there has experienced the same or can offer some advice.

Oct 15, 2014
Half Awake and Half Asleep NEW
by: Anonymous

I hsve been having those types of half sleep half awake nightmarish dreams it seems for as long as I can remember. It feels like I can see the room, but can speak or anything. It hasn't happened in quite some time. It seems to happen years apart. I also am told I scream and moan in my sleep alot lately. I wake up without knowing this has happened until I am told. Those half awake dreams really creep me out. What in the world are those? I am a 47 year old male.

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