canyongirl wrote:I find that I am not dreaming as much, although I know this isn't true. I just don't remember the dreams
That's it. You nailed it, canyongirl.
It's the difference between actually dreaming without being aware of it (sleeping peacefully through it) as opposed to being awakened (possibly by an apnea) DURING a dream for long enough to be aware.. "I was dreaming."
We can have plenty
of dreams every night and never have even the a vague feeling of "having dreamed" when we wake up. I think not
remembering dreams and not
having even the most wispy feeling of "hmm, I had a dream but I can't remember any of it" is the way it should be if we are getting effective cpap treatment.
remembering dreams means, to me, that we're sleeping THROUGH the normal sleep cycles without having an apnea jolt us up out of sleep. We're having nice, uninterrupted REM when most dreaming occurs and when most apneas hit most people with OSA. We can dream in the NREM (non-REM) stages of sleep too, but REM is the most apnea-prone time for most people.
Not remembering dreams and not being aware of "I had a dream last night" is often a good sign, imho, of effective cpap treatment. It's can be an indication of smooth, peaceful sleep the way it should be. Just my opinion.
LINKS to dreaming - dreams - REM rebound