I’m having crazy dreams
Most dreams happen during REM (rapid eye movement), the deepest stage of sleep, and when we are sick and have a fever, our minds can be more active than usual during REM. “Fever can bring on crazy dreams and bizarre thoughts,” says Gina Lynem, MD, a physician at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Usually, with a cold, your fever doesn’t get above 100 degrees, she explains, but with the flu, it can spike to 100 degrees or higher. While research shows a link between vivid dreams and nightmares and having the cold and flu, treatments to help alleviate common cold and flu symptoms such as over-the-counter cold medications with antihistamines may also alter REM sleep and increase the chance for having crazy dreams. Check out these 10 other health conditions that can affect your sleep.