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Do you remember your dreams?

I generally do not. Occasionally one slips through. And that’s okay. I used to have these weird, unsettling dreams. That was when I was going through that last rough patch. I was exhausted. They would wake me up. Apnea was definitely a factor too. Strange apocalyptic shit. I’d wake up sweating, out of breath, sitting up in bed. After I calmed down, I’d fall back asleep within a minute or two and fall right back into the same damned dream. In sequence, or order. By chapters or something.

I’m telling you, they broke my ‘Weird-Shit-O-Meter’.

So no, I don’t really mind that I don’t remember them most of the time either. I presume I must be dreaming at some point, because I’m not quite completely certifiable.

So. Do you? Remember? Do you remember your dreams?


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Jul. 28th, 2013 04:48 am (UTC)
I do. I've always had strong dream recall, especially in the early morning. When traumatic events have been going on, I have those intense freakout type nightmares. I figure it's my subconscious digesting the stress.
Jul. 28th, 2013 05:25 am (UTC)
I remember them for a short time, then forget them again.

But as you mentioned going through a rough patch - I tend to have recurring dreams. Now that I'm thinking about this, I realize they almost all have driving in them!

When I was a kid I had recurring dreams about trying to drive from our house into town. On one road there were giant snakes hanging from trees. On the other road, there were huge pits in the road that our car drove into. I now realize this was related to my father's alcoholism and the fearfulness of a child who couldn't express herself.

Years ago it was about trying to drive out of New York City and things going wrong. (BAD relationship.) Six months of therapy and the dreams changed to actually being able to drive away!

Later, the dreams were about speeding around a curve and the car flying off into an abyss. That changed to an odd awareness in the dream of "You're dreaming and you can control this!" which would wake me up. That was probably about a life without purpose or direction, which came under control slowly.

Then there was the series of dreams in which I was in a women's locker room with overflowing toilets and shit on the floor. That one was resolved when I retired: I was on a campus of some kind and couldn't find my classes. I lost Gary. I went into the locker room and the shit was overflowing. I lost my shoes, my engagement ring, my wedding ring, everything. And then somehow I cleaned up, found my shoes & my rings, and went outside. The sun was shining, someone was playing guitar, and I found Gary again.

Now I have odd dreams about Bryan Ferry & me looking for lost dogs in a sewer. Make of THAT what you will.

Edited at 2013-07-28 05:25 am (UTC)
Jul. 28th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
God, I have very vivid dreams and remember them way too much.

Jul. 28th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
I rarely remember mine unless they wake me up for some reason, which is usually only if they're scary/disturbing or I "fall" in the dream and have that leg-jerk thing happen that wakes you up
Jul. 28th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
I go in phases. I'll have a run of remember at least snippets, then a long time of nothing. Right now I'm in a nothing phase.

I took ambien for several months 2-3 years ago. Whoa!!! MAJOR dream remembering. Long, detailed, VIVID dreams. Trippy and often suspenseful. I was always amazed when I woke up at what my brain came up with!

The other night I dreamt that I couldn't talk, and I was trying very, very hard to say something. It broke through and my husband woke me up, saying I was moaning and slurring some words. He was kinda creeped out!
Jul. 29th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
I, too, go through phases. Sometimes there are weeks where I remember them, not that they make sense. Right now, I am in a stretch of nothing, maybe because I'm not sleeping well at all. I'm hoping it's just the heat, and that it'll pass once summer's waning.
Jul. 29th, 2013 10:53 am (UTC)
Yes, I do remember my dreams. I usually forget about the one(s) before once I've had the next one. I guess I have about three dreams a night.

I hate it when I have a nightmare. And yes, sometimes if I go back to sleep I go straight back into the dream. When that happens I get up and do something, then go back to bed. That seems to work.

I'm not surprised that you had those unsettling dreams at that particular point in your life. You were going through some stuff, for sure.
Aug. 2nd, 2013 05:17 am (UTC)
I remember bits and pieces unless outranks high on the weirdometer..
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