Nightmares after Meditation?

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Nightmares after Meditation?

Postby Kanen » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:03 pm

So I'm not sure if this is the place for this, but if it's not, I'm sorry.

So I've been meditating (mindfulness of breath) for about a month now, and have been really enjoying it. I normally meditate twice a day, morning and night, for 15-20 minutes. Lately, though, I've been having trouble sleeping because of nightmares or just restless dreams (where it feels like I have so many thoughts going through my head while I'm asleep that I can't rest). I don't know if meditation is the cause of this, but it's one of the few things that has changed in my life. I was just wondering if this was normal, and if so, why is it happening? Is meditation bringing things up in my mind? Or am I just starting to be more mindful of my thoughts, even in my dreams? I'm not even sure if there's an answer, but I thought I'd ask.

Thanks!

-Kanen

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Re: Nightmares after Meditation?

Postby Ben » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:16 pm

It could be. But it could also be your diet as well.
The important thing is not to give it any importance. It is just phenomena rising and falling.
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Re: Nightmares after Meditation?

Postby Kim OHara » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:00 am

Hi, Kanen,
It could be that you're meditating a bit later in the evening than is ideal. Look at this thread - http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=17995 - and see if it resembles what you're experiencing.
If it does, making your evening meditation earlier may be all you need to do.

:namaste:
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