I’m one of those unlucky people who remembers my dreams every.single.day. Sometimes it can be fun when I wake up and feel like I just went on a vacation. Every morning I describe to Irving in detail what a fun roller coaster I just went on, or which celebrity I just ‘met’ or some other adventure I seemingly just experienced. I dream about water slides a lot. Maybe because I really like them?
But sometimes, remembering dreams and experiencing them so vividly is a terrible curse. I have nightmares often. I used to get them all the time when I was little and my pediatrician told my mom that I’d grow out of them. Well, I am now 27, and they are just as frequent and awful. Apparently only 8% of adults get nightmares!
A few times a week, I wake up thinking I’m being stalked, someone is being killed, my house is being broken into, you name it. This week someone was trying to kill me and I kept dialing 811 instead of 911 and no one could come to save me. The worst part is, I remember these dreams all day long too. I get flashbacks of them and it’s scary! This is why I can’t watch scary movies, because my unconscious doesn’t need to learn about new ways a person can die.
So finally, I decided to do a little research on this, and find out what is causing my nightmares. I’m not on any medications or any crazy diets, so that can’t really be it.
A few leading factors that make total sense for me:
–Low Blood Sugar (because your heart beats faster, creates adrenaline and can make your mind race)
–High Body Temperature (I hate being hot. I get anxious, irritable, and restless… which could contribute to that adrenaline factor)
–Stress or Fear (I don’t feel overly stressed, but maybe my acute OCD can never fully tune out my to-do list?
Does anyone have any tips? I’m kinda sick of remembering my dreams (even if they do involve Leonardo DiCaprio sometimes).
If it makes you feel any better, i am suffering from Post traumatic stress disorder. I relive my robbery at least 3 times a week. Whats even worse than having nightmares about people breaking into your windows, is the fact that it was actually real. ::Shivverss:::
I don’t have tips… just empathy! I, too, still get nightmares – often! I just try to wake up from them and breathe and remind myself that they’re not real.
Strange! I thought it was rare! It’s comforting to know that it’s so common!
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I remember my dreams too and I have bunches of nightmares. Reaccuring ones too 😦 ughh, anyways. I now find that if I have more than one glass of wine before bed, I have nightmares. When it wakes me up, I like to think about happy stuff so I fall back asleep. That lazy river you are on is definitely a fun thing 🙂
I want to go on a water slide or in a lazy river right now. Looks like so much fun!!!!
I remember most of my dreams (and nightmares) too. What has helped me is trying to make myself dream about happy things. (Like running a marathon!)
I think about running to make myself fall back to sleep sometimes. I imagine myself running really really fast. lol Thanks!