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Nightmares or night terrors, both keep me awake

Posted: February 23, 2014 - 1:07am

What’s the difference between nightmares and night terrors? I’m sure a qualified doctor could answer that question but, as far as I’m concerned, there is no difference whatsoever.

When I was little, my mother took me to see Pinocchio. Remember when the whale swallowed Gipetto? I jumped out of my seat and ran out of the theatre with mom close behind trying her best to keep up. For several nights after that, I woke up screaming that the whale was coming to get me. To this day, I feel very uneasy when viewing whales on TV. Mainly, their tails. I truly believe the thrashing of that humongous mammal will kill me one day. Don’t ask how I’ll wind up in the middle of the ocean. I just get there by some unknown means.

Had a nightmare about Mark Harmon once. I had won a date with him on some quiz show. Started out being a real good dream but, when he rang my front doorbell, no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get to the door fast enough to answer it. Woke up cussing after that one.

I have always been a little afraid of the dark but, when I dream about it, it becomes a full fledged nightmare. Usually, I’m in some creepy house with a candle trying to see where to go. The candle always goes out, and I never have any matches. Then the candle lights up by itself, I drop it and start running in the opposite direction as fast as I can. I usually run into a wall or fall down some steps, something that will wake me.

In my mind, grey wolves have always been beautiful creatures. Had a dream once, and only once thank heavens, about me sitting in a forest with a whole pack of them surrounding me. We were having so much fun playing. I was petting them all and they were nuzzling me and pawing at my face. Then the wolf from Lion King showed up. Okay, before I go any further, I know he wasn’t really a wolf but, in my dream, he was.

He started turning all my friends against me, and I wound up running for my life. As in real time, I’m not athletic, or I could have climbed a tree.

Falling is a common dream for most of us. I have them once in a while. Someone told me that, if you didn’t wake up before you hit bottom, you’d die of a heart attack. Don’t really believe that but haven’t hit bottom yet either.

Not being able to move as fast as you need to is also a common dream. You’re never able to reach your goal. Just last night, I dreamt there was somebody in my house, and I could not get out of bed. No part of my body would move. Never found who it was. Woke up in time.

Maybe one day I’ll have all these nightmares analyzed or maybe I won’t. Don’t really want to know the psychological meaning behind them.

Too scared.

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