- Nov 19, 2004
I've noticed I've been having a lot of nightmares lately, when usually I don't even remember my dreams. Last night I kept waking up and then going back to the same nightmare. Why would this be?
First, everyone dreams. Not everyone remembers dreams and most people only remember some dreams.
ThatLady said:It could be a side-effect of the Depakote. It's not one of the more common ones, but it's not unknown, either. It will probably pass as your system accustoms itself to the medication.
Second, dreaming is related to serotonin. Thus, pretty much any medication that alters serotonin levels may increase the vividness of dreams and make it more likely that the individual will remember the dreams. For this reason, people who don't usually recall their dreams may feel as if they are dreaming more frequently than previously - in actuality, they are probably just remembering more frequently.
I haven't seen any evidence that serotonin altering medications alter the content of dreams. Thus, they will not normally cause more nightmares. However, they may make the dreams more vivid, as noted above, and this may cause you to experience the often odd or bizarre content of dreams as more frightening.
are you thinking that since you started running you've started to have the nightmares?