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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    I got injured last night because I had a night terror

    So since about 20 years old (25 now) I have bad dreams that result in me waking up and acting on them. Example ones:

    1) On baseball road trip....suddenly I wake up and I am standing on the bed shaking my hand rapidly trying to get a snake off.
    2) Storm out of bed and punch my dresser in the face.
    3) Multiple times where I wake up my girlfriend and say "what the **** is that" to the ceiling.

    Well last night I had two in one night...

    1) I thought a dead person was in my bed...I saw the face and everything. Run up to turn on lights and no one is there.
    2) I thought I saw a burglar or murderer in my open closest. I take my entire blanket and throw it in there...then I ran into it to fight.

    Well, after number 2, I noticed my leg hurt REALLY bad afterwards... I had to take 4 aleves last night afterwards just to sleep. I woke up today and it feels a little better, but I still can barely walk on it. Today was my ME deadlift day too . The weird thing is, is that it only has a small swell and is barely purple. Must be in a good spot or something.

    Any ideas on the dreams and/or the leg?

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    That sucks man, have you gone to a sleep specialist at all? Not sure if they can treat nightmares, but might be worth looking into.

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    at least you never woke up punching your girlfriend lol. you could have the following if you keep getting them all the time

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightmare_disorder

    also if your on any medication or any sort of tablets i know from experience that they can make you have some pretty weird dreams.

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    I would see a good hypnotherapist or someone that can help you get to the bottom of why you are subconsciously doing this to yourself and stop it or combat it. Hypnotherapy is cool, it's not like the movies or shows where you don't remember anything, it's just a deep relaxing state where your mind is free and you communicate openly and freely. Sort of like a waking dream. Helped me get over a lot of ****, I really recommend it. My dreams rarely get the best of me anymore. Good luck, bro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geordie1986 View Post
    at least you never woke up punching your girlfriend lol. you could have the following if you keep getting them all the time

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightmare_disorder

    also if your on any medication or any sort of tablets i know from experience that they can make you have some pretty weird dreams.
    Thats funny lol....Would be horrible wouldnt it? At least I know if a real guy was in the house, I would tackle him instead of running away lol.

    Leg is feeling a little better, I can walk on it now. I was going to pull 430 on deads today but I am just going to do bench/triceps...now I can fit right in with everyone else in my gym .

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    Yeah I get night-terrors too.
    They are teh suck. My two most common are thinking a spider just dropped into the bed or thinking someone is in the room with me.
    I also had an experience a few years ago when I was trying to take a nap and just as I was about to fall asleep, I started hearing demonic voices whispering all around me.

    Does anyone else in your family get them?

    My sister gets them on a more regular basis then me. I feel bad for her girlfriend, there was a bit of an incident in our old neighborhood where a guy came after me as I was getting out of my car. My sister would wake up in the middle of the night sometimes screaming, thinking someone was in the room with her.

    I keep my home defense kit in my closet for that very reason (rather then next to my bed) because I always snap out of my night terrors a few seconds after I wake up. I don't want anything dangerous within immediate reach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercuryblade View Post
    Yeah I get night-terrors too.
    They are teh suck. My two most common are thinking a spider just dropped into the bed or thinking someone is in the room with me.
    I also had an experience a few years ago when I was trying to take a nap and just as I was about to fall asleep, I started hearing demonic voices whispering all around me.

    Does anyone else in your family get them?

    My sister gets them on a more regular basis then me. I feel bad for her girlfriend, there was a bit of an incident in our old neighborhood where a guy came after me as I was getting out of my car. My sister would wake up in the middle of the night sometimes screaming, thinking someone was in the room with her.

    I keep my home defense kit in my closet for that very reason (rather then next to my bed) because I always snap out of my night terrors a few seconds after I wake up. I don't want anything dangerous within immediate reach.
    Me too...I am never in control of my initial reaction, but I snap out of it a few moments later. This is why ill never keep a gun or knife near where I sleep.

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    "Punch my dresser in the face"

    Hahaha.

    Sounds intense, I've never had anything like this. Most of my dreams involving a murderer or someone after me, I end up killing them
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    Quote Originally Posted by berfles View Post
    "Punch my dresser in the face"

    Hahaha.

    Sounds intense, I've never had anything like this. Most of my dreams involving a murderer or someone after me, I end up killing them
    Yes in the face..

    Well thats the thing, they arent really dreams. Its more like sleep walking...some action is performed by me that I am not actively controlling then I snap out of it.

    Update on the leg, its doing much better (I worked from home today, imagine how that excuse sounded to my boss). I am thinking of doing my deadlifts after all.

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    Well maybe I should injure myself more often....I hit 430 x 2 on deadlifts with great form. The funny thing is, I dont train deadlifts...this is the 2nd time ive done them over the last 3 months.

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    I get them too. Just recently when jumping out of bed to kill whatever I was imagining I broke a lamp, bedside table and got some wicked carpet burn on my legs and shoulder. It's not so often that it is a huge problem though. It's a little embarrassing when you wake up and freak out a girl.


    nightterrors.org ( I would hyperlink the link but I don't have 10 posts)

    This website has a message board and some resources that may help you.

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    I get bad ones pretty frequently i usually wake up mumbling/disoriented about em , but I haven't freaked out and physically acted on em yet.
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    i ripped my ceiling fan out of the ceiling one time. Don't remember what i was dreaming.

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    Sounds more like a nightmare than a night terror. Night terrors usually cant be tied to anything specific, such as a dream. I had a night terror before and it was horrific. I woke up screaming at the top of my lungs for no other reason that I can recall other than I remember being asleep and having a very bad feeling. When I finally came to, I was confused and frightened, but I could not really pinpoint what triggered it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geordie1986 View Post
    at least you never woke up punching your girlfriend lol. you could have the following if you keep getting them all the time
    I have done that lol. 1 I punched her in face 2x I elbowed her in shoulder chest area.

    Luckily for her They were pretty weak hits. Luckily for me she found it kinda funny and isn't scared to sleep with me. 3x in 9 years so it doesn't happen often for me.

    It is common though people say it is a sleep disorder and if it happens all the time or fairly often you need to see a dr. If it only happens once in awhile it isn't a big deal.

    When you are in R.E.M the state you have dreams in the body releases a chemical (I forget the name) that is supposed to paralyze the body while you sleep. This is to prevent us from harming ourselves while we sleep.

    So either your body isn't releasing it properly, or as in my case I actually am trying to make a movement so hard I wake up and then do it.

    Like the time I punched her in the face . That evening I had read a story online about these people who were eating and torturing people. So in my dream they were trying to boil me alive but I escaped and the dr was trying to inject me with a knockout drug so they could cook me alive and then eat me. He had a big needle and was trying to stab me so I started swing I was gonna kick his ass. Instead my G/F got a nice little bruise on her cheek .

    On the plus side I didn't get eaten nor boiled alive so it worked out

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    I also find that whatever I watched/talked about or read about before I went to sleep, I have crazy dreams about. Lately i've been having a really weird flinch. I'll be just about to fall asleep/slightly asleep, and my entire body will spazm. I feel like I am falling off the bed and flinch to try to stay on. Dreams are pretty messed up. I had one where even to this day, I swear someone or something open hand slapped my pillow right beside my head. It was really loud and hard, so when I jumped up, there was a compression spot on the pillow right beside my head was. Unless I did it in my dream, it was a ghost.

    Any of you get the sleep walking to the toilet, but instead you walk to a book shelf or a couch? Twice now it's happened to me where i'll come home drunk, and I get up to take a piss, but end up walking to my hockey bag, open it up, take a piss, close it and go back to bed. The same thing happened with a magazine rack beside the couch. I know a couple other guys who have done similar things like walking to the couch, lifting up the cushion, taking a piss, then putting the cusion down and going back to bed.

    Is this a common thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerryb75 View Post
    I have done that lol. 1 I punched her in face 2x I elbowed her in shoulder chest area.

    Luckily for her They were pretty weak hits. Luckily for me she found it kinda funny and isn't scared to sleep with me. 3x in 9 years so it doesn't happen often for me.
    Your girlfriend must be very patient with you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detard View Post
    I also find that whatever I watched/talked about or read about before I went to sleep, I have crazy dreams about. Lately i've been having a really weird flinch. I'll be just about to fall asleep/slightly asleep, and my entire body will spazm. I feel like I am falling off the bed and flinch to try to stay on. Dreams are pretty messed up. I had one where even to this day, I swear someone or something open hand slapped my pillow right beside my head. It was really loud and hard, so when I jumped up, there was a compression spot on the pillow right beside my head was. Unless I did it in my dream, it was a ghost.

    Any of you get the sleep walking to the toilet, but instead you walk to a book shelf or a couch? Twice now it's happened to me where i'll come home drunk, and I get up to take a piss, but end up walking to my hockey bag, open it up, take a piss, close it and go back to bed. The same thing happened with a magazine rack beside the couch. I know a couple other guys who have done similar things like walking to the couch, lifting up the cushion, taking a piss, then putting the cusion down and going back to bed.

    Is this a common thing?
    yeah sometimes when im just about to fall asleep my leg spasms as if im tryin to kick a ball, drives me crazy.

    Ive also done the sleep walking and pissing in a corner thing but only when ive been realy wasted, almost done it in my parents wardrobe once when i lived back home, that realy didnt go down well lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detard View Post
    Any of you get the sleep walking to the toilet, but instead you walk to a book shelf or a couch? Twice now it's happened to me where i'll come home drunk, and I get up to take a piss, but end up walking to my hockey bag, open it up, take a piss, close it and go back to bed. The same thing happened with a magazine rack beside the couch. I know a couple other guys who have done similar things like walking to the couch, lifting up the cushion, taking a piss, then putting the cusion down and going back to bed.

    Is this a common thing?
    I think I did this when I was drunk, but I have no idea...lol. There was a mysterious wet spot on my couch in the morning.

    I also used to sleepwalk up and down the stairs when I was younger. My family woke me up once during it and it was terrifying.

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    I once saw a boa constrictor in my bed so I dove off my bed and sprinted in the living room to tell my mom. As I was telling her what I "saw" I realized how rediculous I sounded and I went back in my room and got back in bed..She got a good laugh out of that.

    I once had a very violent dream were I was fighting. The dream quickly ended when I made contact with my wall. Hurt like hell.

    I get dreams like what you described when im dehydrated, sick, or extremely exhausted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detard View Post
    I also find that whatever I watched/talked about or read about before I went to sleep, I have crazy dreams about. Lately i've been having a really weird flinch. I'll be just about to fall asleep/slightly asleep, and my entire body will spazm. I feel like I am falling off the bed and flinch to try to stay on. Dreams are pretty messed up. I had one where even to this day, I swear someone or something open hand slapped my pillow right beside my head. It was really loud and hard, so when I jumped up, there was a compression spot on the pillow right beside my head was. Unless I did it in my dream, it was a ghost.

    Any of you get the sleep walking to the toilet, but instead you walk to a book shelf or a couch? Twice now it's happened to me where i'll come home drunk, and I get up to take a piss, but end up walking to my hockey bag, open it up, take a piss, close it and go back to bed. The same thing happened with a magazine rack beside the couch. I know a couple other guys who have done similar things like walking to the couch, lifting up the cushion, taking a piss, then putting the cusion down and going back to bed.

    Is this a common thing?

    Yeah very common when you get really drunk. I've pissed on my laptop before next to my bed...fried it completely.
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    When I was in the 3rd grade I learned how to control my REM sleeping. Now when I have a nightmare I know it's a dream and I choose to change the dream or if worse comes to worse and I can't change it, I force myself to wake up and take some time to relax by going in the kitchen for a snack and a glass of water.
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