I have always been really amazed by dreams.  Not so much as understanding them but as to why so many people seem to dream or more so, how they remember what they dream and how they interpret them.

My daughter in law Sue can remember her dreams very clearly to the point of telling them for half an hour.  Down to where she was, what people were wearing, what she ate and all kinds of things.  That never happens to me.  My really good friend, who shall remain nameless had a dream one night that her husband had cheated on her with a friend and she was mad at both of them.  I said that wasn’t fair of her to be mad, it was a dream that SHE had.  She said she couldn’t get the image out of her head and she knew it was wrong but she was mad for a few days.  I think that was the only time in my life I ever felt bad for her husband (now ex).

About a year ago right now, Jason called and asked me if we had working smoke alarms.  I told him yes.  He then told me he had a dream that we had died in a fire.  The worst part was I didn’t know I was dead and he had to tell me.  He was really upset.

My dreams are usually in snippets.  Sometimes I’ll be feeding my birds or fixing supper and I’ll think of someone and all of a sudden a dream will come to me and that’s the only way I will remember it.  Two weeks ago I had a terrible nightmare.  When I woke up, my bedclothes were all twisted up, which normally they aren’t and my heart was pounding and I was afraid.  I never remembered what it was that I dreamt of.  Other times I’ll have a very vague feeling of someone when I wake up and will remember bits and pieces of the dream and all I know is I was thinking of them when I woke up and then tend to think of that person all day.

I think we all have the “falling” dreams or the being “chased” dreams.  I would like to know more about dreams because we sleep a big part of our lives and I sometimes wish I remembered more of mine.  The worst is when your having a good dream and you wake up and try and hurry to fall back to sleep hoping it will pick up where it left off, but that never happens to me.  I have to be fair and say if I fall back to sleep after a bad dream, that doesn’t come back to me either.

What kind of dreams do you have?  Do you remember them like Sue does?  Do you think of them as “real” like Jason does?  Or do you just remember parts of them like I do?  Do you have nightmares that you remember?

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15 Responses to Dreams

  1. SKL says:

    My dreams are a mixture, depending on what else is going on in my life. I think I remember them better during times when I’m getting enough sleep. I normally have vivid dreams and remember them, but there was a long period in my life when the days were really stressful and I couldn’t remember dreaming much at all.

    Sometimes I try to interpret my dreams, usually when I can come up with an interpretation I like! If it’s all bad, I prefer not to think about it or talk about it because I feel like if I dwell on it, the bad thing will be more likely to happen.

    Throughout my first 40 years of life, I often dreamt of having twins but for whatever reason, at some point in the dream, I noticed there was only one baby and wondered why. Sometimes I would find the baby in some sort of “failure to thrive” situation or even – I won’t say it. Sometimes the second baby would come into the dream after the first and I was sort of in a “saving” role. Fast forward and I have adopted two babies, though I originally set out to adopt only one. My decision was not influenced by my dreams, but after the fact, I wondered if there could have been some connection. I do not know what to think of the part of the dream where one baby eventually isn’t there. Obviously I prefer not to think about it, but I can’t help it sometimes. I tend to be a little more careful than I might otherwise be as a result.

  2. nikki says:

    I had a reoccurring dream for years. I hated it because it was about someone very bad from my childhood and I have not had that dream in years thank God! And now that I think about it I haven’t had a dream I can remember in a long time. I have also had dreams that I remember like Sue does but not very often. I have been able to fall back asleep and go back to the same dream. You have to think about it very hard! When I was younger I had a lot of dreams that I was trying to run and someone is chasing me I was in slow motion, those aren’t very fun. Dreams are fascinating!! You should go to dreammoods.com. It’ll tell you what dreams mean like chase dreams. It’s pretty cool:)

  3. amberfireinus says:

    My husband saves the world each and every night in his dreams. He has done so his entire life. He remembers each dream vividly.

    My dreams seem to be relating to different things. Sometimes they are vivid. Usually I can relate my dream to a fear or something that is directly happening in my life. Turmoil of some type. Others are dreams in which I learn things I need to know. Those too are carried into my conciousness. I have always had flying dreams. And my one reoccuring being eaten by Amazon Ant dream (because I watched the Amazon Ants movie when I was 4 when my mother told me not to!)

    Mostly though, because I don’t sleep, my body struggles. I don’t relax enough to get good REM’s. Im more like you Joy…. only remember the occassional dream.

  4. TiredMom says:

    I HATE dreaming.. Sounds silly I realize but I do.. I’ve had many dreams that were bad that have come true. I normally remember my dreams though.. Much like sue I remember details in them and much like your friend who had her emotions out of check over a dream I too find myself in that situation many times. Because how I feel when I wake up from a dream can carry into my real life. Its hard to control it sometimes.

  5. nikki says:

    I sometimes dream ALL night and feel like I didn’t sleep a wink. I hate that! I think the worst dreams I have now are where my teeth crumble in my mouth and end up falling out. Probably because the dentist scares me:(

  6. Tosha says:

    Nikki I do the same thing.. And I have that same dream over and over again.. I imagine its something to do with stress..

  7. Joy says:

    Nikki, and everyone, Tosha is Tiredmom. Hey, you changed your pic too 🙂 I’ve known her name but some don’t like it published so I never did but thanks Tosha. I feel it’s nicer to know a name and not just a “handle.”

  8. nikki says:

    Tosha- that makes sense!!!lol

  9. Sue says:

    I’m the culprit that takes a half hour to tell a dream! Thanks Joy! My dreams are usually vivid and I remember most of them. They usually are very crazy, too. All kinds of parts smooshed into one dream that doesn’t make sense at all and those are the kind that my husband gets the biggest kick out of! For a long time I had a recurring dream that was scary but not nightmarish. I’ve also had the dreams of my teeth crumbling like Nikki and Tosha and those dreams I HATE!!! I think it is related to stress. I can fall back asleep and pick up where I left off in a dream and there’s been more than once that I woke up crying from a dream and that feeling does stay with you all day. I’ll have to check out the website Nikki gave!

  10. sue says:

    Oh, I forgot to ask before…if it takes me (or anyone else) a half hour to explain the dream, do you think it takes us that long to dream the dream??

  11. Joy says:

    That’s really a good question Sue. Does anyone know in real time, how long a dream that seems long when remembering it, actually is???

  12. SKL says:

    My guess is that dreams are a lot shorter than they seem. I have had dreams that seemed to be days, maybe longer.

  13. Jason says:

    Sorry it’s so late, busy day. Long day at work, fix car at home and then a 930 softball game. It’s 1153 and I just walked in the door ( to a fresh cup of coffee by my lovely wife ). I’m a very hard sleeper, so is bailey. Don’t even try to wake me up. Sometimes I don’t know where I am for the first second after I wake up. I have three alarm clocks and I still can sleep through them sometimes (late to work 63 times last year, no more then 15 minutes though). I guess I really get into my dreams. most are better left unsaid, otherwise I’d be locked up. Sometimes I dream about future events. But most of the time it’s completely off the wall stuff I couldn’t even try to explain. But my mom getting caught in a fire scared the shit out of me because I couldn’t get a hold of her the next morning. My favorite is the falling. When you jump like a little school girl arms and legs kicking is the best, After you realize your still in bed, SAFE….
    The wife is a twitcher ( she’s going to kill me ) but then she shouldn’t of called herself a cheesehead. It’s bad enough she’s from California. So most of my dreams stay to myself unless you have lots of time and understanding. P.S. I made mom get smoke detectors….

  14. Jane says:

    I just love this topic. I dream a little bit like a lot of you guys. I can remember some and only parts of some. I’ve also woken up thinking of someone and my dream will only come to me later on in the day. Though I can say, I’ve never gotten mad at anyone because of a dream but my girlfriend is like that. Her dreams are so intense that she sometimes can’t separate them from what is real. Good thing she has me to remind her! LOL!!

    My husband is a dead sleeper like Jason and will and can sleep through most things. Convenient when our son woke up during the night!! I’m kidding. He can also remember dreams he had when he was a child. I forget my dreams usually but he can remember them like Sue. Maybe because he sleeps harder. I’m a very light sleeper so who knows.

  15. Ali says:

    I’m like Sue in the way that I remember every single detail. I have been known to carry the emotions of my dreams with me during the day. Sometimes I just can’t help it. My dreams are so strong sometimes that I can’t overlook them. There are times I don’t remember them fully but I usually do.

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