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I just wanted to share two of my weird gluten symptoms and was curious to know if anyone has experienced the same.

 

Before I went gluten free I had recurrent SCARY nightmares, usually involving either water (floods, tsunamis) or violence (somebody trying to kill me, I'm being shot at, and so on) that left me feeling like crap when I woke up. I remember having these as a little girl. I used to wake up remembering sometimes up to 10 different dreams, all very crazy and complex. They disappeared when I went gluten free. I actually don't remember my dreams now. I miss the "good" dreams sometimes... But the nightmares come back every time I accidentally get glutened.

 

I also used to wake up EVERY DAY with a different song playing in my mind. Songs that I don't even particularly like or listen to! This also disappeared when I went gluten free but comes back with the slightest glutening.

 

Has anyone experienced similar symptoms?

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I just wanted to share two of my weird gluten symptoms and was curious to know if anyone has experienced the same.

 

Before I went gluten free I had recurrent SCARY nightmares, usually involving either water (floods, tsunamis) or violence (somebody trying to kill me, I'm being shot at, and so on) that left me feeling like crap when I woke up. I remember having these as a little girl. I used to wake up remembering sometimes up to 10 different dreams, all very crazy and complex. They disappeared when I went gluten free. I actually don't remember my dreams now. I miss the "good" dreams sometimes... But the nightmares come back every time I accidentally get glutened.

 

I also used to wake up EVERY DAY with a different song playing in my mind. Songs that I don't even particularly like or listen to! This also disappeared when I went gluten free but comes back with the slightest glutening.

 

Has anyone experienced similar symptoms?

I would instead have nightmares that feel like i'm falling in them. They have certainly decreased since going gluten free.

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Thanks for sharing! I used to have these dreams too where you feel like you're falling. I would never have thought that gluten could affect my sleep like that before I went gluten free.

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Yes! One of my worst pre gluten free symptoms was poor sleep due to either straight up not being able to sleep or nightmares. I almost always would wake up with the sensation I was falling even if I wasn't dreaming about it. I'd also just wake up with this feeling even if I didn't remember the nightmare, but like yours, the nightmares were always violent in nature. I also would have dreams that my friends and family were turning on me and things like that. I can't decide if it was caused by the gluten itself or caused by the SEVERE anxiety/depression I experienced prior to gluten free. When I'm glutened, one of my worst symptoms is all encompassing panic. I don't know how to describe it, but that's always the first thing I notice before the GI symptoms kick into overdrive.

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I used to talk in my sleep, and act out my dreams. My Dad always had to calm me down and some how get me back to bed. It got so bad when I was younger that I would never sleep in my bed. I always got up, walked around, and fell asleep at the top of the stairs, only to wake up after I hit the door at the bottom. I always had bruises from falling down the stairs. Once I went gluten free, the sleep talking has stopped. I now wake up refreshed and still in bed, which is always good. I always felt terrible going on trips because I just knew I would talk or act out my dreams, which were always very anxiety provoking. To say if it was the gluten or the stress my body was under is difficult, but my sleep problems return when I have gluten, particularly if the gluten was later in the day. 

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I used to talk in my sleep, and act out my dreams. My Dad always had to calm me down and some how get me back to bed. It got so bad when I was younger that I would never sleep in my bed. I always got up, walked around, and fell asleep at the top of the stairs, only to wake up after I hit the door at the bottom. I always had bruises from falling down the stairs. Once I went gluten free, the sleep talking has stopped. I now wake up refreshed and still in bed, which is always good. I always felt terrible going on trips because I just knew I would talk or act out my dreams, which were always very anxiety provoking. To say if it was the gluten or the stress my body was under is difficult, but my sleep problems return when I have gluten, particularly if the gluten was later in the day. 

 

My son, daughter and grandson all had night terrors (screaming and trashing about during nightmares) and sleepwalking until gluten was removed from our lives.  I myself was a sleepwalker as a child/young teen, but never remembered my dreams -- until I was diagnosed - still don't remember many dreams, but I have remembered several "gluten dreams" where I accidentally ingested gluten within the dream -- guess getting glutened leaves a strong image - dream or not ;)

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