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    Its been awhile since I made my last post. I have been solo now for about 8 months and just about halfway through my probo period with my dept. Since being on the streets, I have been having very rough dreams almost every night. I work out the most I can and constantly train on firearms. I have talked with a family member who is a psychologist, she told me that the dreams can mean nothing at all, they could rise from stress, or it could be my subconcious telling me I feel unprepared for confrontation. I have had some rough calls and reacted just fine. I feel like I can handle anything thrown at me with stride.I am able to talk down most situations, and those which i cant talk down ended safely. I was wondering if anyone else had had problems sleeping at night, or has crazy dreams on almost a daily basis dealing with work.
    "You know when I'm down to just my socks, It's time for business, thats why they call them business socks "
    Flight of the Conchords

  • #2
    Weird, perverted, strange, convoluted dreams? The kind of dreams to where you wake up in a cold sweat?

    Yea, I have 'em. Have had them for years. I have to take a sleep aid just so that I can sleep 4 hours a night. Brain refuses to go into "power down" mode.

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    • #3
      First off, what are you dreaming about?

      If I might make a guess, you are in a shooting and it takes all your strength to squeeze the trigger of your firearm?

      How about when it goes off, the rounds are completely ineffective or they roll out of your gun and kinda plop on the ground?

      How about you're in a fight with some guy and it feels like your are trying to drive your fist through thick mud and when your fist makes contact, you have all the power of a sick infant behind the blow?

      Listen up.

      Join the club.

      Pretty much everyone who does the job has had those very same dreams. the ones that haven't are lying about it!

      It's a stress dream. You're subconcious or whatever, the little scared, animal brain is just worried everything is going to go wrong when it comes down to the wire and this is the way your brain deals with the question.

      Train for the fight.

      You will be fine.

      DO NOT let these dreams get to you! They mean nothing.

      I suggest Dave Grossman's book, "On Combat."

      I think he may touch on this very thing.

      Plus it's one of the best books I've ever read.

      Be safe!

      Rev

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rev1 View Post
        First off, what are you dreaming about?

        If I might make a guess, you are in a shooting and it takes all your strength to squeeze the trigger of your firearm?

        How about when it goes off, the rounds are completely ineffective or they roll out of your gun and kinda plop on the ground?

        How about you're in a fight with some guy and it feels like your are trying to drive your fist through thick mud and when your fist makes contact, you have all the power of a sick infant behind the blow?

        Listen up.

        Join the club.

        Pretty much everyone who does the job has had those very same dreams. the ones that haven't are lying about it!

        It's a stress dream. You're subconcious or whatever, the little scared, animal brain is just worried everything is going to go wrong when it comes down to the wire and this is the way your brain deals with the question.

        Train for the fight.

        You will be fine.

        DO NOT let these dreams get to you! They mean nothing.

        I suggest Dave Grossman's book, "On Combat."

        I think he may touch on this very thing.

        Plus it's one of the best books I've ever read.

        Be safe!

        Rev
        my god i thought i was the only ones having those dreams. You touched on it 100% i have those all the time.
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        No, maybe I can't win, maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he's got. But to beat me, he's gonna have to kill me, and to kill me, he's gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me, and to do that, he's gotta be willing to die himself and I don't know if he's ready to do that. I don't know, I don't know.
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        • #5
          They happen. Just today I dreamed that I called out a traffic stop (IIRC, the reg was the last traffic stop I did this morning, which ended in arrest). Guy failed to yield, high speed pursuit ensued but took place in a city/state I lived in nine years ago, I got backed by county (mine here) and we got the guy boxed in and he came out, hands up. Everything was great until a county Sgt pulled me aside and told me I could have been shot (wtf?? well, duh?). Very strange, but dreams are dreams. It could have been because I blew past that Sgt in his unmarked on my way to back my partner, and he stopped with us as well while we waited on tow and teased me about blowing him out of the water.

          I've also had a dream where for whatever reason my agency gets toned out for an assault and I can't responded. I was stuck off the island at a bus stop, and the driver wouldn't let me board the bus to get back to my town. I'm in civilian clothes and not on duty. I don't get it either...

          Sometimes I have just normal regular work dreams, traffic stops as normal, nothing comes up, boooooring.

          And sometimes I have scary freakin dreams that have nothing to do with work. Or normal regular dreams that have nothing to do with work.

          In my opinion, they fall into two categories: your brain working out a subconscious issue or your brain just cycling through old memories, a mishmash of stuff, as it entertains itself.

          I do find that dreammoods.com is a fun little site to look some of it up.

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          • #6
            Weird dreams are a byproduct of our job. I don't have dramatic dreams often, but when I do it screws up the rest of my night (day, actually) sleep. Just today I dreamed Officer Benton's murderer was in custody and I was transporting him to court. He slowly pulls out a small semi-auto, points it at me, and I don't have the physical strength to pull my own trigger regardless of how hard I squeeze. So much for a good sleep... I'll be hooking up the coffee I.V. tonight at work again.

            I believe one of the real key things to remember is to always envision yourself coming out the winner in situations like these (bullets roll out the barrel, trigger won't pull, fighting on the ground and your knee/elbow strikes do nothing). Mentally preparing yourself to never give up is vital.

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            • #7
              Had em before as well. Not recently though. I used to get the one where Im fighting this bigass dude and baton blows are having ZERO effect. My baton snaps in 2 pieces on one strike and the dream ends as Im about to get worked over.
              Originally posted by crass cop
              Just do it in front of a camera and try not to get a boner and you shoudl be fine.

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              • #8
                i have had those from working in corrections. i dreampt i had been fighting an inmate, and my blows were doing nothing to stop it from happening. i think all of us who work on this side of the badge dream like this. must be due to our job stress. although i only work in P&P now we get into some hairy stuff with no radio and no backup anywhere close at any point in time.

                i had a dream last night as i was falling asleep i was involved in a traffic situation (we can't do traffic stops, but I recently was almost run over in the line of duty attempting to stop a parolee from fleeing drunk in his car). As I walked up to the car, where the tray underneath the cd player, and virtually anything in the car that had a "pocket" had hands of zombies reaching out of it at me. woke me up in a strange situation lol.

                just happens i guess, in 3 years i haven't let it get to me or make me think twice about any situation i have gotten into. got a job to do, dreams or not.

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                • #9
                  .

                  Don't have dreams anymore. Too tired. Just fall asleep.




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                  • #10
                    Since being on the street there has not really been a night were I don't wake up covered in sweat. I have been trying to "calm down" after work by surfing the forums on here or watching tv, etc. I guess it just takes some time to get used to not sleeping like I did before this job lol.
                    "You know when I'm down to just my socks, It's time for business, thats why they call them business socks "
                    Flight of the Conchords

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                    • #11
                      I've been in FTO for 7 weeks now and every night before a shift I have dreams about work. Fortunately, I haven't had a serious nightmare yet. However, last night my baby started crying around 2:00AM and I guess the noise entered my dream, as my FTO was yelling at me to "Shut that friggin baby up!." I'm also fortunate that on nights that I don't have a shift the next day, I have normal dreams or no dreams at all.
                      Did you ever notice that incorrectly is only spelled correctly when it's spelled incorrectly?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rev1 View Post
                        First off, what are you dreaming about?

                        If I might make a guess, you are in a shooting and it takes all your strength to squeeze the trigger of your firearm?

                        How about when it goes off, the rounds are completely ineffective or they roll out of your gun and kinda plop on the ground?

                        How about you're in a fight with some guy and it feels like your are trying to drive your fist through thick mud and when your fist makes contact, you have all the power of a sick infant behind the blow?

                        Listen up.

                        Join the club.

                        Pretty much everyone who does the job has had those very same dreams. the ones that haven't are lying about it!

                        It's a stress dream. You're subconcious or whatever, the little scared, animal brain is just worried everything is going to go wrong when it comes down to the wire and this is the way your brain deals with the question.

                        Train for the fight.

                        You will be fine.

                        DO NOT let these dreams get to you! They mean nothing.

                        I suggest Dave Grossman's book, "On Combat."

                        I think he may touch on this very thing.

                        Plus it's one of the best books I've ever read.

                        Be safe!

                        Rev
                        That is downright creepy, I've had each and every one of those! Especially the one where you can't pull the trigger when you need to.

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                        • #13
                          Trust me ladies & gentlemen, I am NOT omnipotent.

                          I take Levitra for that.

                          Anyway, these dreams are VERY common. Let me just add that SOME VERY FEW people will NOT experience such dreams. (I still say they're lying about it.)

                          But I am reasonably certain no one who has had these dreams ever had them come true.

                          I know I've had them and so far, so good.

                          Also, if anybody hasn't attended the Street Survival seminars, Lt. Jim Glennon touched on this. You could almost hear the sigh of relief from the room!

                          It's my understanding that the more you train, especially while introducing "stress inoculation" the less you may have these dreams.

                          But the bottom line is, it's difficult if not impossible for most of us to control the subconscious.

                          So like my old pastor used to say about nightmares, "All you can do is saddle'em up and ride'em."

                          Continue to READ and TRAIN. It can only help.

                          Best of luck!

                          Rev

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                          • #14
                            Amoung the reasons listed above for these dreams and night sweats ( and I have both from time to time) is low blood sugar. Most cops have the worst diet possible. If the dreams are frequent and steady get your blood sugar checked. Whoever you are, if you are a cop, you probably need to eat better than you do anyway. I know I do.
                            Col. Jeff Cooper said, “One is no more armed because he possesses a pistol than he is a musician because he owns a piano”.

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                            • #15
                              Reading the one about the trigger made me stop. I've had that one before. Seems weird we all have the same dreams LOL. Another one is running after someone for miles but is always just out of reach. I thought i was just crazy

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