I have chronic nightmares. Vivid, real, and disturbing nightmares. The kind where I’ll wake up in a sweat, out of breath, or just plain upset. There’s never a common theme, it can span from being chased by a murderer, to being kidnapped, or something bad occurring to a loved one. It’s not after eating, or drinking alcohol, it’s nearly every night.
The worst part is the severity of how real it is. It’s gotten so bad that sometimes I wake up and have to contemplate whether or not the event actually happened. I’ve researched the reasons or causes behind this, and of course stress is number one. Yet I don’t feel stressed, or tremendously worried about anything in particular.
I envy the people who don’t have dreams, or who cannot remember what they’ve dreamt. However, on the bright side, at least I’m not a sleep walker. It could always be worse, and I’m sure so many people out there are struggling with night terrors or insomnia, and I empathize with them completely.