Question: I am a 59 Y.O female and for the past few years have been having what I call night visions. In the past few weeks they have increased to the point of having them almost every night.
They almost always happen within the first 90 minutes of falling asleep, often in the first 30 minutes. It seems that sometimes they may be because my husband rolled over or turned off the TV, or somehow jostled me from my sleep. Usually I see someone or something threatening in the room. Sometimes it is very vague and other times it can be an image of a person. I always I feel in danger. Intermingled in these episodes in the extreme, I just scream at the top of my lungs. Most often I have very little recollection of this episode until my husband says something the next day, then I will recall bits and pieces…I act awake, speak to my husband, tell him there is someone in the room, or point to something, and will sometimes turn the light on myself. Once I have been convinced there is nothing in the room, I am able to go back to sleep very quickly.I do have PTSD from an abusive father and violent first husband. I have assumed that this was a by product of that and have been in therapy for some time. The night visions don’t seem to be getting better.