Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Stress Dreams About Eating Gluten Foods
0

24 posts in this topic

I've been gluten free a little over two weeks, but I keep having strange stress dreams where I am eating loaves of bread, muffins, etc. I've woken up in the middle of the night terrified before realizing I was dreaming. I am experiencing some anxiety over hidden glutens and cross-contamination during waking hours. Just wondering if this has ever happened to anyone else?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

I've been gluten free a little over two weeks, but I keep having strange stress dreams where I am eating loaves of bread, muffins, etc. I've woken up in the middle of the night terrified before realizing I was dreaming. I am experiencing some anxiety over hidden glutens and cross-contamination during waking hours. Just wondering if this has ever happened to anyone else?

I don't dream about eating gluten foods but dream about cross contamination. I have insomnia most of the time so just lay awake and wonder if I'm not sleeping because of cc. Sure wish I could get over this.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been gluten free a little over two weeks, but I keep having strange stress dreams where I am eating loaves of bread, muffins, etc. I've woken up in the middle of the night terrified before realizing I was dreaming. I am experiencing some anxiety over hidden glutens and cross-contamination during waking hours. Just wondering if this has ever happened to anyone else?

I have high levels of anxiety when I'm not on a gluten-free diet, but find it subsides with a few things - making sure my diet is truly free from gluten (I have to be really strict, no bad toothpastes, etc); I have to make sure my B12 is up at the right levels (I get a shot every 3 weeks or so) and I have to make sure I've got my Vitamin D too - for some reason Vit D really affects my ability to handle stress... Plus it could be that your anxiety is more related to celiac generally - maybe you might need to go on an anti-anxiety med or antidepressent for a while until your body fully recovers from celiac?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been gluten free a little over two weeks, but I keep having strange stress dreams where I am eating loaves of bread, muffins, etc. I've woken up in the middle of the night terrified before realizing I was dreaming. I am experiencing some anxiety over hidden glutens and cross-contamination during waking hours. Just wondering if this has ever happened to anyone else?

Definitely! I've been gluten free 3 years now and I still have those dreams. It's like, in the dream, I have a momentary lapse and end up taking a bite of pizza, a little muffin...something. Often times it's only after it's in my mouth, and I have swallowed, that I'm like "Oh no what have I DONE" and then during the rest of my dreams that night, I'm anxious and full of dread, just helplessly waiting for the inevitable gluten-attack to come. Several times, more recently, I've tried throwing up in my dreams right after I realize I've eaten gluten...but unsuccessfully. I have to say, it is a relief to wake up. Part of me initially is still dreading the fact that I'm going to get sick later. Then I realize that...wait no, that was just a dream! All just a dream! And then I'm relieved.

So yeah, I get gluten-y dreams every so often, at least once or twice a month. The last one I had was a few days ago. I was at a restaurant with friends. Not necessarily a gluten-friendly place. While other drama from my life was also occurring there, the gluten was present too. I was bracing myself for how to explain to the waiter about my condition, and I was going to ask for just plain salad with oil dressing or something...and literally, right as I opened my mouth to start explaining, the alarm went off and I woke up annoyed. Lol.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have occasionally had the dream that I accidentally ate some old favorite only to realize that I have to spit it out. I think I have even awakened trying to do so as if I were choking. Just this past week I had a horribly real dream where I found myself standing in the middle of our kitchen with flour all around. All over the floor, all over my feet, flying all around, on all the surfaces. I was just standing there crying, frozen in fear of moving and wondering why no one was helping me clean up. We live in a non gluten free home and no effort has been made to even try gluten-free for a short period of time and I feel pretty paranoid in the kitchen even after a year of being pretty lucky with cross contamination. Still feel the pressure though and I am sure this was reflected in that nightmare.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




Jackay - Haven't been able to sleep well either. Mostly due to stomach pains.

Lizzers - I may have to look into an antianxiety med for the time being. Although my arrythmia symptoms often mimic panic attacks so it can be confusing. However, I am definitely having some control issues since being diagnosed because I am not knowledgable enough about celiac disease yet and all the proper precautions. It is stressing me out and certainly making me anxious.

Aura - Glad to know someone else is having very similar experiences!

chasbari - The dream of being covered and surrounded by flour is terrible.. Hope that one never comes back!

Thank you all for your responses!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lol...only other gluten-intolerants/Celiacs would understand the horror of being in a kitchen surrounded by puffs of flour. These dream scenarios probably sound ridiculous to a non-gluten-free-person. But when you think of it...food is something we HAVE to be concerned with DAILY. So whether we like it or not, gluten and the fears that go along with being intolerant to it...are a day-to-day concern. So it's not surprising that those fears often bubble up in our dreams as well. <_<

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

DWG - Yes, that is so true! I just wish I would enjoy my slice of pizza and my doughnut in my dream since I can't in real life!! Haha

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

DWG - Yes, that is so true! I just wish I would enjoy my slice of pizza and my doughnut in my dream since I can't in real life!! Haha

Good point. I never thought of it that way. Even in our dreams we're traumatized by eating gluten, even though it can't hurt us. I can't think of a time in a dream where I ate gluten effortlessly/enjoyed it/had no stress about it.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've had very similar dreams. Mine is recurrent and about forgetting for a moment that I have to be gluten-free and take a bite of a sandwhich on the best bread I've ever eaten in my life.Then realize that I have to vomit, but even if I vomit I'm already contaminated!

There have been studies that corrolate the vitamin deficiencies in celiacs with depression, anxiety and even schizophrenia. I would highly suggest purchasing "Living Gluten Free for Dummies"; it is a great carsh course and starting point. I've only been gluten-free since Nov 2009, and found it very helpful.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a dream last night that I ate french fries without checking if they came from a dedicated fryer. (Hahaha I am getting more advanced in the depth of my cross-contamination in my dreams) I woke myself up because I was so nervous and mad at myself for not checking before I stuffed them in my mouth. Once I realized I was sleeping, I started to laugh. My nightmares used to be about rapists and murderers... now it is french fries!!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When I quit smoking it took a few years for these kinds of dreams to stop. They gradually came less often. In the dreams I'd suddenly realize I was smoking and be horrified that I'd failed again. Pretty soon, though, I got to the point where after waking up, I'd get a really good feeling, realizing that it was just a dream, and that successfully quitting.

Haven't had any gluten dreams yet.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been gluten free a little over two weeks, but I keep having strange stress dreams where I am eating loaves of bread, muffins, etc. I've woken up in the middle of the night terrified before realizing I was dreaming. I am experiencing some anxiety over hidden glutens and cross-contamination during waking hours. Just wondering if this has ever happened to anyone else?

I'm glad I'm not the only one! I dream of big hamburgers and donuts!! I still wake in a panic sometimes!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sometimes I dream about waking up in the morning and I go directly to the kitchen, grab a slice of bread and start eating it. These types of dreams start to cause me panic attacks because I fear that I will wake up some morning and actually do this. I've been on this diet since January '10.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know this thread is a little old, but I just had to reply. I have had those dreams too. Usually I dream I'm at a party talking to people by the table with food on it and I absent-mindedly pick up a few pretzels or something and eat it them. Then I start to panic because I have to find a way to go to the bathroom and spit it out without being obvious, but the person keeps talking to me and can't get away without being rude. Sometimes I also dream about getting trapped in a situation where I will have nothing I can safely eat--like I go on vacation or something and the plane crashes on a remote island where the people eat only gluten-laden food! It sounds really silly, but I always wake up scared.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been gluten free a little over two weeks, but I keep having strange stress dreams where I am eating loaves of bread, muffins, etc. I've woken up in the middle of the night terrified before realizing I was dreaming. I am experiencing some anxiety over hidden glutens and cross-contamination during waking hours. Just wondering if this has ever happened to anyone else?

this must be common because I have experienced day time anxiety about accidental glutening then having dreams where i ate something like pizza or bread or cake....

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have these dreams often as well, more so when I'm not feeling well. I just had a dream about eating spaghetti and pretzels the other night. In my dream my husband warned me not to eat them, but I was like "who cares?!" and ate them anyways. Then I started freaking out, wondering what I had done and how sick I would become. It caused me to wake up, and I was so happy it was just a dream. :ph34r:

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes I have these too! The worst part is that the guilt follows me throughout the day. I always end up going "Oh god, I messed up this morning didn't I? Oh wait no... that was a dream" But I always have to remind myself that it was a dream.

I think these dreams are extremely helpful little reminders of the dread we are trying to avoid with gluten. They have prevented me from cheating a few times, I am ever so grateful for them :) Even though, I no longer cheat, anyways! It really does make me appreciate life without gluten

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hahaha the gluten dreams, where you just eat and eat and eat and eat!

I get those every few months or so, where I eat everything I miss.

Though, the weirdest one I had, was when I am swimming inside a clam chowder in a bread bowl. You get use to them, and when you wake up, you binge on gluten free substitutes!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a dream a couple nights ago about eating something that looked like chicken teriyaki. I ravenously consumed it, and after I was done, realized the dish probably had gluten in it! Definitely not one of those dreams you're bummed out to find isn't real, that's for sure!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have occasionally had the dream that I accidentally ate some old favorite only to realize that I have to spit it out. I think I have even awakened trying to do so as if I were choking. Just this past week I had a horribly real dream where I found myself standing in the middle of our kitchen with flour all around. All over the floor, all over my feet, flying all around, on all the surfaces. I was just standing there crying, frozen in fear of moving and wondering why no one was helping me clean up. We live in a non gluten free home and no effort has been made to even try gluten-free for a short period of time and I feel pretty paranoid in the kitchen even after a year of being pretty lucky with cross contamination. Still feel the pressure though and I am sure this was reflected in that nightmare.

I had the strangest dream that I opened a bag of flour and just scooped a handful of it into my mouth! and then I was like, "WHAT AM I DOING?????" and can you imagine trying to get WET FLOUR out of your mouth? it was horrible....

probably stemmed from me being glutened by a "gluten free" cupcake that same day.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been having dream after dream including stress about gluten, but this type of thing happens to me whenever I am focused on something or learning something new. I've immersed myself in reading everything and cleaning everything, etc, so it makes sense to be dreaming about it.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I actually ate a spoonful of flour once, before the blood test, because I was all like, "no WAY am I going to get a false negative on this!!"

It's really, really gross. :/

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't dream about eating gluten foods but dream about cross contamination. I have insomnia most of the time so just lay awake and wonder if I'm not sleeping because of cc. Sure wish I could get over this.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,110
    • Total Posts
      920,417
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Personally, I would ask for the full Celiac panel and see what that shows.  I mean, the full Monty, not just cherry picking testing.  On the full panel, if the tTg and the EMA come back positive, that is a diagnosis without biopsy.  This is how I was diagnosed and there is absolutely no doubt I have Celiac.  I presented with classic celiac so it was a no brainer with my blood results. If you cannot stick to the diet religiously, without cheating, unless you have a biopsy picture, then I would go on to have a biopsy.  Like your daughter, I was way too sick to have one done at the time.  They would not have agreed to use sedation because I was so anemic and malnourished and that ended that!  Good luck with whatever you decide!
    • This Asian-style barbeque chicken makes a great summer treat. Barbecue chicken is a perennial summer favorite around these parts, and this recipe delivers barbecue chicken with a decidedly Asian flare. View the full article
    • And as for the green stools, you said you eat a lot of kale and spinach?  A generous, daily diet of kale and spinach will be reflected in the bathroom.  You are what you eat.  
    • I just traveled three weeks this summer in Europe (Eastern).  Do not trust that the airlines will remember to load a gluten-free meal for you.  There is a 50-50 chance that they will not (in my experience).  We packed ONLY carry on.  Still found plenty of room to stash some emergency food.  You should be able to find food within an International airport.  Chips and typical junk food clearly labeled, even fruit.  Print or load Celiac travel cards with you in all the languages you will need.  They are free.  Google it.  Found these handy (not only in restaurants) but in the markets when we could not read labels but the staff could read them and Help us to make gluten-free choices.  amazing how you can communicate without knowing the language.  A few words like "thank you" in their language go along way (so does Google Translator).  Never met anyone who was not willing to help.   I carry a collapsible cooler that I pack with food and bags of ice to eat on then plane or right at my arrival or connection.  I take extra zip lock baggies with me.  Sometimes TSA will let you through if the ice is still hard (not melting).  Some will make you toss them then I just ask a restaurant to refill my ziplock baggies after passing Security.   I also carry a doctor's letter on my phone to show I am celiac, but no one has ever asked for me to present it.   Even though I carry a "third" piece of luggage on board, I have not been stopped.  Both that and my day backpack fit under the seat.  I use this cooler as needed through our trips.  If not, it fits in my backpack.  
    • Welcome, Kierra. You're only 15 so you need to make sure your parents are 100% aware of your medical issues so that they can advocate for you. It may or may not be celiac, but the only way to find out is to start with a full celiac blood panel, then an endoscope if necessary. However, for the tests to be accurate, you must consume gluten on a daily basis. 
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,147
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Otto'sMom
    Joined