Am I getting quality sleep if my dreams are exceptionally vivid?

A fellow caregiver asked...

Am I getting a quality night sleep if I dream a lot? They are very vivid dreams, and I feel tired right after I get up.

Expert Answer

Steven Y. Park, M.D., is a board-certified otolaryngologist specializing in diagnosing and treating sleep-breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, and upper airway resistance syndrome. Park is a blogger ( and author of the book Sleep, Interrupted: A Physician Reveals the #1 Reason Why So Many of Us Are Sick and Tired.

When you wake up during dreams, you'll remember it more vividly. And since dreams are wild and crazy to begin with, whatever you remember will be very vivid. What this may mean in your case is that you stopped breathing, since your muscles relax the most while in REM sleep. This is why you feel more tired and can't get restful sleep"”you're not able to sustain, deep, quality sleep. If this problem continues, see a sleep doctor.