1. Occasionally, I’ll hear a sound that “wakes me up,” and I really feel like I’m awake. I’m not sure if I really am though. It feels like I can consciously think about things, but I’m unable to move or speak. Usually, I get the feeling someone else is in the room with me. Since I can’t move, or make a sound, it’s always scary. I try so hard to make a sound, hoping a grunt will escape and wake my husband and he will wake me up, and sometimes that works. That sleep paralysis is crazy. Not sure I described that well, but maybe you’ll know the feeling I’m talking about. As far as regular dreams, the ones I actually remember are usually crazy and make no sense at all. They do when I’m dreaming them, but when I wake up, they are just ridiculous.

  2. Fascinating! I’ve had some nightmares that I can’t shake off for days. Thankfully, it’s a rare occurrence.

  3. I wonder if your inability to locate your car while dreaming is linked to your search for a condo?

  4. Dear Brenda, I have experienced nightmares of and on my entire life. All coming from my childhood family life, which was troubling. At 70 yo and still having occasional NM, I just get up make a cup of tea and read. It helps me but doesn’t remove the NM.

  5. Brenda, this is so interesting, I had no idea there was a difference between bad dreams and nightmares. I agree with one of the comments above, there is so much scary bad stuff in the world that is is hard to keep this out of your subconscious and not dream/bad dream about it.

  6. What was Poe’s traumatic experience(s)? Does anyone know? He was definitely a depressive.

  7. I strongly believe it is important to not read horror stories, or even very stressful ones anymore…and my sleep is much more peaceful too. I agree that previous trauma, or grief can drive dreams. But I think everything we see, hear, read, etc can leave an imprint. I have a lot of dreams that make no sense but almost none anymore that trouble me…I hope you figure out some ways to avoid these types. It may even be connected to something we ate close to bedtime, or even earlier in the evening too I think…take care Brenda…you have gone through quite the wringer in real life…

  8. I have very strange – but interesting! – dreams most every night. I think most people dream, but just don’t remember them upon waking. I do. Sometimes I do have scary dreams and I do have nightmares once or twice a year.

  9. I have a reoccurring dream of not being able to find my classroom! The first picture that you posted, the one with the moon and the trees and water, looks very similar to the view behind my house!

  10. Interesting post. In my dreams, I’m usually in some turmoil. I dream that I witness a murder and can’t find my phone to call the police. Or, I will dream that I’m sitting in high school English class and I look down, and I’m wearing only my underwear. I think having feelings of insecurity cause those type dreams.

  11. Wow how scary that you had that episode of not remembering the two hours of driving. Amazing how our brains work during times of great emotional stress. I have a reoccuring dream of not remembering my locker combo in high school. So weird. Have a great new week ahead.

  12. Your dream is so interesting Brenda. I have never seen a clock or the time in any of my dreams, and I’ve read, (don’t know where anymore) that most of us never see a clock or the time in a dream. But like you, I do have nightmares, and I am so glad when I wake myself, to find it was only a dream. They sure do seem real tho…don’t they? I hate to go to sleep after wards, because I didn’t want it to pick up, where it left off. That never happened, so guess no need to worry.
    Oh, just want to say, I love the new “Cozy little House” header on the blog. PERFECT!!!!

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