Do you dream every night?
Do you have nightmares?
Are you aware within the dream that it IS a dream and that you could wake up to stop it?
Are you sleeping in any particular position when you have the most vivid dreams/nightmares?
Have dreams helped to solve problems and/or bottled up thought processes in your life?
I ask because I had about a two week time span when I had the most *vivid* dreams just within that last hour of of sleep – in every case it was the alarm that woke me up out of them. They were not nightmares so it wasn’t bothering me, but I was fascinated and determined to figure out *why* it was happening. These were very vivid – I chose that image above because one night I did dream about some truly ornate house with enormously high ceilings and rich tapestries on the walls. I was having a blast exploring this place.
Each dream’s theme/topic/setting/characters were different with just a couple repeat appearances by my kids and SportBoy’s football coach of all people! I figured out later that what was most likely the cause of his appearances was that he and I had a 3-4 day run of talking to each other at the same time each day about the knee injury so it made sense that he was on my mind as a readily available character in the dreams.
I do have a couple of recurring topics in my dreams – usually about trying desperately to “get” somewhere either in a car or on foot but with constant obstacles being put up or else a feeling of lack of control (particularly when it’s me driving a car). Of course, those are rather obvious and easy to dissect at the time 🙂 But I had none of those in this run of adventures.
It was a real mystery to me and I would go to bed at night wondering which story my mind would conjure up to entertain me that night!
Then I realized…it’s been hot…the fan has been on…and I was turning over onto my back to feel the full breeze and waking up in that position each morning.
Whenever I do (oh so rarely) have true nightmares, it is *always* when I sleep on my back, so I normally avoid that, even subconsciously. But, it was HOT!
So clearly the back sleeping triggered more vivid dream sequences, and since there really is nothing nagging at me in my life right now, they just happened to be more light hearted dreams of things like trees, and flowers, and birds, 🙂