I wonder if anyone else has the same struggles I do?
I have OSA. Try as I might, I simply cannot seem to remember any of my dreams. It's the most frustrating thing -- not having dream recall. As I wondered why, I began to research the answer to this dilemma.
I discovered a study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine which found that in a test group of 393 people, more than 70 percent who did not have sleep apnea were able to recall their dreams, but those with severe sleep aponea had a significantly lower incidence of dream recall (less than 40 percent). Because people with sleep aponea don’t enjoy a substantial amount of time in REM, they seem to dream less.
However, another study (1997) pointed out that intensive dream emotions lead to high recallability of dream experience. Their data gave evidence to the hypothesis of Ermann et al. (1993, 1994) which states that reduced DRF (dream recall frequency) in terms of unsuccessful dream work is accompanied by frequent nocturnal awakenings. DRF of people with obstructive sleep apnoea did not differ from DRF in healthy controls. In addition, sleep aponea parameters did not correlate substantially with DRF.
Yet another earlier study (1994) indicated the following:
Sounds like you are educating yourself about sleep and dreams and how the OSA can affect things. I am wondering if you have looked into alternative approaches much? I have known two others with this diagnoses and both found wonders in switching to a more paleo/gluten free or vegan/gluten free diet. Sleeping better, feeling better. The double edged sword here does indeed seem to be that stress in awareness of breathing patterns being restricted so that even when someone is having an okay sleep experience free of some of the symptoms they may have that projection of stress (reasonably so) that an episode might occur.
As an insomniac (somewhat recovered) I can say that I have succeeded in recalling dreams, even when I do not think I could possibly have entered a REM state...(very, VERY short shifts) Here is what I have found helpful in cultivating memory of dreams, at times against the odds:
I wish you luck and am curious how things will go for you in the future!
Thank you so much for your informative and prompt reply! WOW -- you've made some kewl suggestions. I'm prepared to give ANYTHING a go at this point...
Thank you again for your gracious kindness.... I shall let you know if what you suggest helps!