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).