Your body is fighting to overcome the problems and it's best if you let it do it on its own. Your body is smart and can figure some things out on its own. About such dreams, you aren't the only person who experienced this kind of thing, and what it really is is your body is trying to get the very needed dreams one way or another, so it's going AROUND the obstacle, which is your insomnia.
Do all that you can to get yourself to sleep naturally, without medication, and let your body do its best freely. If these dreams occur when you aren't taking medication, it may be the clear sign that your body is doing better without them. (I'm sure it does either way.)
You need to eliminate as much stress in your life, and at the same time let go of the stress as often as you possibly can. (As in, don't worry about everything all the time.) Go get massages and similar relaxing treatments/activities, for example go to a forest and just sit there forgetting about the time (if you don't have infinite time, put an alarm and then forget about time until the alarm rings), meditate... Forget the stress as often as you can, relax, enjoy the moment. You really seem to need it the most of all.
- I studied at a faculty of medicine, and I also researched/studied on my own about human health with a lot of common sense.
(Ps. English isn't my first language.)
I get that when I have insomnia but choose to lie in bed. It usually occurs after three hours when I'm tried of thinking. I lose control and my thoughts lucidity and begin running off on their own. Like when first entering dreams I often stop myself form entering these thought streams but after a few attempts I let them run. The thoughts become more bizarre and dreamlike until I almost forget about the exterior word and surrender myself to my imagination. A feeling I get after reading for several hours. Some of the most intense periods of this have been after using stimulant drugs, namely amphetamine. Sometimes I almost long for those dreams.
Disorders related to dreaming could occur with REM sleep behavior disorders. Here the person experiences symptoms related to his dreams which interfere with his sleep schedules. he may even acts out the dreams. Extreme sleep deprivation could have provoked this. I would advise you to discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician who may then refer you to a sleep specialist for further evaluation. In the meantime try to adopt good sleep hygiene measures and allot enough time for sleep.
Hope this helps.
I actually looked into it further and have decided that what I am experiencing is hypnagogic hallucinations brought on by extreme sleep deprivation. Was thinking that it wasn't that due to the definition of them given by a professor who said it was when a person brings part of their dream into the real world. She's a psychologist so not surprised she didn't make sense. lol (I am working on my MSW and so think our methods are better.)
These aren't the hallucinations that you think of when you hear that word, the "crazy" guy who sees a big pink rabbit thing. There is a similar thing which everyone has experienced called hypnopompic hallucinations. Good example of this would be if you have ever woken up in the morning and wondered if what just happened (fill in the blank with whatever) really happened or if it was a dream and then realized it was a dream. Actually it wasn't a dream in actuality it was hypnopompic hallucination. While the second is very common the first is generally cause by sleep deprivation, sleep cycle being off, and medicines.
I wish I could tell you what's going on.. I understand what you're going through though. It happens to me when I'm too tired I don't have to be stressed or anything. It kinda freaks people out because I'll talk to people when it's happening and I'm completely aware that I'm talking to them. Do you read or watch tv series alot? I've noticed it happens to me alot when I'm really engrossed in a book or tv show because I'll be looking at my boyfriend sleeping next me but I'll be wondering why someone from the book or show isn't talking to me because that's what I'm dreaming about. It's not medication for me either, though I take trazadone to stay asleep at night (If I don't I wake up everything I realize I'm dreaming and that's alot) but this was going on way before I started any medication. Does this sound like what you're experiencing? I'm going to talk to my dr about it and see what she thinks so if it sounds familiar I'll let you know what she says and hopefully it will help both of us.