Do vivid dreams ruin your sleep?

I often have very vivid, long dreams. Most of the time, they're nightmares or just plain stressful/chaotic. But I wake up in the morning and am absolutely exhausted all day. Recently, I feel on the brink of collapsing. Is this normal? Do these crazy dreams wreck my sleep somehow? Does anyone else deal with this? Has anyone talked to their doctor about it?

(A note, I've been to the doctor and have had multiple routine check-ups and tests and nothing is physically wrong with me that might explain my exhaustion, but I haven't specifically brought up the dreaming problem to him.)

Is It Normal?
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  • When I was a kid, I had a recurring nightmare where I was running away from someone chasing me or being kidnapped. I told my teacher and he told me to get into the habit of thinking about nothing but really nice things to fall asleep to.

    To this day, when I go to bed I recall stuff like memories of my family, pets or girlfriend, and that usually results in good dreams. I can't even recall the last time I had a nightmare. Hope it helps.

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  • Vivid dreams don't drain me at all. I love them. I can lucid dream and change things if I don't like how the dream is going. Maybe look up how to lucid dream and see if that will help.

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  • Definitely not to that extent but I am ripped out of my sleep by a nightmare at least every other day.

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  • Maybe you have unresolved issues that your unconscious mind is trying to resolve whilst you slumber? 🤔

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  • I have the exact same problem. Multiple dreams. Always dead tired during the day. The only time I sleep well is by drinking myself into a coma.

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