Hello all! i have a question, if anyone can help me that would be greatly appreciated.
Ever since i was very little i’ve been an avid lucid dreamer. Over the years, i got more skilled with it, and I began using it as a coping mechanism to deal with some trauma in my life. I mean, to the point where it was becoming excessive and unhealthy. I’d awaken at midnight, then every three hours i’d have another very, very long dream, continuing until twelve in the afternoon, so five dreams per night plus sometimes a nap in the middle of the day.
Then something started going wrong- it was like i couldn’t dream properly anymore at all, especially not lucid because i’d either be plunged in a nightmare or i’d instantly wake up. Eventually, i was no longer able to even sleep, i would toss restlessly for days on end with no relief. Due to some other stressors in my life plus my severe sleep deprivation my mind just straight-up broke, and i had to be hospitalized.
I had one last bizarre lucid dream before the night of my psychotic break and after that, something shifted in my mind, it was like my dreaming abilities faded away and i stopped journalling for three years. i only started it back up again this month. maybe my reduced lucid dreams are a result of the medications they put me on? i honestly dont know, but i feel sad because i remember how it used to be and the dreamscape i have now seems so dull and lifeless by comparison to the vibrant, creative world i used to have.
Can anyone help me? is there such a thing as lucid dreaming too much to the point where it chemically unbalances the brain?