Does MS affect Your Dreams

Moghadasi AN, Owji M Can multiple sclerosis as a cognitive disorder influence patients’ dreams? Iran J Neurol. 2013;12(2):75-6.

Dream should be considered as a kind of cognitive ability that is formed parallel to other cognitive capabilities like language. On the other hand,multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex disease that can involve different aspects of our cognition. Therefore, MS may influence patients’ dreams. In fact, we do not know what the importance of dream is in MS, but further studies may introduce dream and dreaming as a sign of improvement or progression in MS disease.

Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not definitively understood

Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep—when brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake. REM sleep is revealed by continuous movements of the eyes during sleep. At times, dreams may occur during other stages of sleep. However, these dreams tend to be much less vivid or memorable.

Dreams can last for a few seconds, or as long as 20 minutes. People are more likely to remember the dream if they are awakened during the REM phase. The average person has three to five dreams per night, but some may have up to seven dreams in one night. The dreams tend to last longer as the night progresses. During a full eight-hour night sleep, most dreams occur in the typical two hours of REM

Do you have more or less dreams since your MS started, I can almost never remember dreams. What’s your view ..Time for a survey ProfG?

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  • i have dreams where I'm running top speed down the street which I haven't been able to do for years. really depressing.

  • I've always had vivid dreams…sometimes solve actual problems in them. In fact, it's when I stop dreaming (or recalling dreams) that I know something is wrong. Also, when extremely stressed, I generaly stop dreaming/recalling dreams. Don't think this has changed much with MS, esp. Since I'm not on DMT.

  • When I was having my harsh relapses I didn't dream at all or at least I didn't remember it. Then once I started Tysabri I started dreaming more and more until about a year in. Since then my dreams have stayed at a normal intensity and rate. My personal theory is that more ms activity means less dreams.

    • I had a similar experience. 1st MS episode 19 years ago. Stopped dream recall or awareness some months before second relapse episode 7 months ago. Started tecfidera. 6 months in, dream recall and dream awareness returned to normal.

  • Had very few or almost no dreams for all the time (at least, could not remember). But started have vivd dreams almost every night two or three months prior to my CIS

  • I mainly have vivid dreams pre and post diagnosis, no change there; the type of dream often reflects what I'm going through in waking life. So never stopped or remembering dreams even with a relapse, though because of anxiety at these times, these dreams during a relapse will often reflect this – mostly anxiety dreams involving hanging off a cliff kind of thing. Recently my dreams have been very vivid and involved being in challenging circumstances but the good thing is I always survive/recover 😉

  • I've been wondering so much about this. I have more nightmares since diagnosed with ms 6 years ago… like substantially more. Really horrible and very vivid.

  • I thought I saw a man in my kitchen who wasn't there. I was just diagnosed with MS 2 months ago…

  • Not been diagnosed but I know my symptoms, and 12 mouth ago i finished a seconded lot of treatments for breast cancer, both in a 8 year period. My father and his father both had ms, i believe stress brings things on. The second cancer could of come through the stree an heart ach from losing my Dad plus other stresses in work. I had mri brain scan bout 20 years ago. Should i ask for another and lumbar puncture too???

  • Im curious if anyone else feels like a numbness in the brain after having a vivid dream. This does happen to me every once in awhile.

  • My dreams are becoming way more vivid lately my medication that I take is ocrevus and i wonder if it causes vivid dreams? However I’ve also been having more dizzy spills.

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