The funny thing about nightmares is that they seem so real when you’re in them but once you wake up, they dissipate like smoke.

Or at least that’s what usually happens.

Nightmares about monsters and strange creatures are easy to dismiss in the light of day as flights of imaginations, or as a direct result of your scary movies/podcasts addiction, but what about the other kind? Dreams about things that aren’t fantastical or outlandish but very much within the realm of the possible, and therefore even scarier? How do you dismiss those? Even in the light of day those dreams can haunt you, filling your mind with half-formed fear and a nagging feeling of dread.

The past couple of nights I haven’t been getting much sleep. I’ve been getting nightmares.

The same basic nightmare to be exact, and the only monsters in it are the human kind. Every night I go to bed, and every morning I’m jarred awake by a nightmare around 6am, and then all day I can’t shake the intangible feeling of being afraid.
It’s almost midnight now and I’m exhausted, but somehow I can’t bring myself to attempt sleep. I don’t want another nightmare…


20 thoughts on “Nightmares

  1. Oh, I’m so sorry. I think I understand where you’re coming from, too. A few weeks ago I had a nightmare along those lines – involving real people and real events that could happen. Just this week I’ve been faced with an upcoming situation in which one of those events could take place in the near future. And here I am, not sleeping tonight. At least now I’m thinking of you and sending good thoughts – instead of just lying there awake and upset. 🙂

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    1. I hope your situation resolves itself! Not being able to sleep at night sucks 😦 As for me, last night was actually not that bad. I know I had a bad dream and it woke me up, but I went right back to sleep and I can’t even remember it now which is good 🙂 Stress is the culprit I think

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      1. I’m glad you slept well! My husband is trying to help me resolve my issue, which involves a member of the family I REALLY need to not have at our daughter’s graduation party this weekend. Fingers crossed…

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  2. Oh, I am so sorry to hear that 😦 Nightmares are not something people like to talk about. My sister went through a period of a few months where she was terrified to sleep because of nightmares. I am sure there are ways to stop feeling anxious about it? I hope you get to sleep properly soon and stop having nightmares.

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    1. Thank you! Nightmares and not being able to sleep suck, but hopefully it’s just a phase that’ll pass. Last night was a lot better actually so I’m glad for that. Stress and anxiety are the culprits I think..

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  3. Sorry to hear about your nightmares and bad nights. Dreams can really be scary, I totally understand what you are feeling. I too have been afraid to go to sleep for fear of having another bad dream. I sincerely hope that the nightmares will disappear soon and that you will have a refreshing sleep.

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  4. I’m days behind on my blog reading but I feel for you. About two weeks ago I had a solid week of nightmares I didn’t even want to go to bed to find out what awful show my brain had in store for me. And then they stopped. I’m sure they’ll be back, and sooner than I’d like. And I wish I could convince my brain I would be fine without it’s horror shows but I haven’t figured out how to yet…

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