So anyway, I woke up in the middle of the night last night from a nightmare. I woke up feeling really anxious and freaked out. I eventually fell back to sleep, but then I had another nightmare and woke up feeling the same way again. That's my rant for this thread.
I only remember my dreams when I'm very well-rested, meaning when I'm getting 9-ish hours of sleep regularly - usually in the summer months if it's not too stinking hot. Thankfully, to this point in my life, nightmares have been rare.
Don't eat for at least an hour before you plan to hit the sheets. Seriously. What makes nightmares nightmares is their coherence, the sense that things are unfolding in a sort of narrative. What fosters coherence is lightness of sleep - nobody has nightmares in deep sleep. Of course everyone, or nearly everyone, goes through the normal sleep cycles, from light to deep and back up again, several times a night. But eating before bedtime keeps "the lights" on longer.
It sounds trivial, and I fully comprehend and accept that whatever the content of someone's nightmares is may require some outside assistance. But whatever one can do to sleep more deeply, for longer periods, allows for nightmares to stay in their packaging.
There is a nightmare that is of a very specific time in history. In it, one is walking across campus to the computing center, with your stack of 80-column punchcards in hand, and most importantly in order. You trip and the stack of cards goes flying. For some folks, this was the stuff of bolting upright in bed in a cold sweat.
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