#28DayBlogChallenge Day 15 – Nightmares

I would say that I remember about 90% of my dreams, at least for a little while after I wake up. Some of them stick with me and I can’t shake them off. The worst are the reoccurring nightmares that seem to never go away.

For the past few nights I have experienced some horrific dreams that have left me waking up and not wanting to go back to sleep, because I know it’s possible for me to return to that particular dream. Having a vivid imagination at times like this is not a good thing as what I see seems so real and the things that happen in my dreams I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

I used to think that I only had nightmares when I was stressed, or there was something niggling at the back of my mind and the nightmare was a hint for me to figure out what was wrong. This is strange though because as far as I’m aware, everything is okay. I don’t know if this is a way my anxiety has managed to worm it’s way into my brain, knowing it’s a way I can’t control it and it is not a good feeling.

I try to not let it consume my day, but waking up and feeling sad or scared is getting old and I wish I knew why I was having such terrifying dreams.

There are a lot of theories as to why we dream, but as far as I know, there is nothing set in stone to help me figure this out. I thought I was finally moving forward and it seems that any part of my mind that possibly can, is trying to pull me back. At this point all I can do is keep looking ahead and hope whatever this problem really is will surface and I can face it, or the nightmares subside as soon as possible.

Usually I love to sleep, I love to dream. It brings me so many ideas and sometimes it feels like I’m watching a movie in my head, which is awesome. Fingers crossed tonight is better.

Until next time, Sweet dreams!

-Sara

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34 Comments

  1. Oh Sara, I’m so sorry to hear about your nightmares. I can tell you that there are some techniques you could try to address your fears before you dream (or after you wake up from a nightmare). I wrote a blog post about it (link at end of comment), but the gist is that you can visit the scariest part of a dream while you are fully alert and awake (when you know you’re safe). Visit the scariest part and then ask questions about it; stay curious with it until the fear resolves. Nightmares are very high powered emotional pressure valve releases for things in life that you’re not paying attention to. But also, you don’t NEED to address the dream directly. Another strategy is to set an intentional opposite dream (actively imagine a splendid dream and think about it as you’re falling asleep). This won’t necessarily prevent the nightmare, but it will give you a happy place to visit if you wake up from a nightmare so you’re not in a panic about falling back asleep. I hope this helps! ~Pam https://sweetgeorgiapam.com/2017/02/20/using-active-imagination-for-nightmares/

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  2. Good luck with it all! I don’t know much about dreams or psychoanalysis, but I do believe that dreams are essentially personal mythology, and mythology is just a group dream. All about our psyche expressed through stories and experience. I wish I could remember my dreams! I can probably only recall them once a month

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  3. How spooky, I had a very odd nightmare last night, and I wish I could understand it. Its good you don’t let the nightmares effect your daily life. Like you said maybe its the anxiety worming is way into your brain. But your fighting it. And that’s good. Its odd how we remember some dreams and nightmares, do you every write them down of which you remember?

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  4. Sara – Thanks for reading and “liking” my post, “And this, too, shall pass.” Don’t often have nightmares myself, but did recently and wrote about it in another post, “The Convergence of Dreams and Reality”. Give it a read, maybe my amateurish attempt at analyzation might give you a laugh. Hope you sleep well tonight.

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