Does anyone have any recommendations as to how I can avoid the vivid dreams that are associated with taking ZMA before bed?
I've been dreaming about my dad a lot lately who died tragically a couple years ago and it's really emotionally taxing for me. I find myself waking up in a panic and actually losing sleep because of it.
I've been taking Zinc for a couple years. I hadn't had the dreams involving my dad for a long time but this father's day was a pretty emotional for me and I had a lot of feelings re-surface. I visited the site where we spread my dad's ashes for the first time since doing so.
If I'll get the same benefits taking it throughout the day then problem solved. It does say to take it 30-60 minutes before bedtime though.
I agree with the others, you may want to try and space it out over the day. I stopped taking it as the constant barrage of dreams prevented me from getting any rest... even with the pills spaced out over the day.
It's up to you, see what works best.
In all seriousness though, if you are having some problems due to your past... you may want to consider seeing a counselor. Nothing wrong with talking about the events and getting everything out in the open.
So last night I woke up from 3 different dreams. None involving my dad. One I woke up after getting hit in the back of the head with a rock while chewing on a giant gobstopper. I lost all my teeth in the dream and woke up with a very sore jaw. I'm gonna go ahead and take ZMA throughout the day. I'm tired of waking up feeling like crap.
try writing down your dreams in a journal- whenever i have nightmares, i try to write them down and they usually go away. i wish i was dreaming vividly like everyone else seems to, because i'm taking it and it doesn't really do anything for my sleep