I’ve talked about this in the past in my posts My Zoloft Nightlife and Sertraline: The Good and the Bad, but I’m going to bring it up again because it is such a strange thing that happens to me almost every night!
I take sertraline 100 mg to help with my symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
The most common brand name for sertraline is Zoloft, which is a commonly used anti-depressant, but it has also been shown to help with symptoms of OCD. For the most part, it seems to be working by taking the edge off of my symptoms. They are still there, just not quite as aggressive, if that makes sense. I still have anxiety, but it seems to be less intrusive than before medication.
That being said, there are certainly things I do NOT like about this medication and two of them occur while I’m sleeping. I think I hit rapid eye movement (REM) sleep almost every night because during this deep part of sleep, I have the worst night sweats. It’s so gross that K puts a pillow in between us as a barrier and I sometimes wake up and have to change my nightgown. I even have to sleep with a waterproof mattress pad like a kid who wets the bed. Sad, but true. After 3 years of this, I’ve gotten used to it, but it still bothers me sometimes.
The second thing that happens to me at night is when I dream. I have the most vivid dreams! Sometimes this is good and fun, but most of the time it is actually a bit stressful to have dreams like this. Last night, I dreamed the entire time I was sleeping that I was looking for sure. I was dressed and ready to go to a wedding, for I have no idea who, and I had to go to this closet absolutely filled with shoes. I was wearing a bright orange dress with no back to it, I had on sunglasses so it was difficult to see, and a huge red and white scarf tied around my neck. I couldn’t find ANY shoes my size or any that matched the outfit I was wearing in this enormous closet. I even climbed a tall ladder and looked at the shoes all the way at the top and nothing “worked.” It was so weird because I was nervous about climbing the ladder because it was so high!
The dream was so realistic and stressful. I felt like the task was never going to be finished and it never was the entire night.
I have dreams like this all the time and they can be so weird. Funny thing is, I own none of the things I was wearing and the shoes were all part of my imagination! I don’t even own an orange dress. I wonder what, if anything, this means or where it came from.
I love to think about the mysteries of the mind, but I’d rather sleep peacefully!
Does anyone else experience such dreams, regardless if you are on medication or not?
I’d love to hear from you!