How to shake off vivid dreams in the morning...
November 25, 2011 8:22 AM Subscribe
Very vivid and intricate dreams - do you have tips on how to shake off lingering feelings in the morning?
I have very vivid, very long and very intricate dreams which I remember far too well. My dreams usually linger a long time, often sticking with me for the entire day. (Also, as I get more tired towards the following evening, the general feeling and details of my dreams tend to "come back".)
Mostly, those dreams are not outright nightmares and I frequently feel like I'm just shifting between being awake "in two different worlds", never really resting. (I recently had a rare morning of not remembering my dreams very well and what an epiphany it was to feel so rested, free and energetic!)
My dreams have been like this as long as I can remember and so far no amount of therapy/alcohol/benzodiazepines/antidepressants/antipsychotics, no change of sleep conditions, exercise, diet or overall mind-set have reliably made a difference.
At the moment I'm pretty much resigned to living with this vivid "otherworld". (And I would certainly also miss it if I found a way to "switch it off".) However, I would like to find a better way to shake off dream-related feelings and memories during the day.
This is more or less my regular morning routine:
(1) wake up slowly (using a dawn simulator alarm clock)
(2) have a cup of tea and/or take a shower while I
(3) go through my to-do list/schedule/expectations for the day in my mind
(4) leave the house and have breakfast on the way to work/uni
As I'm sure many other people have similar experiences on a fairly regular basis I'm wondering if any of you have any tips. Anything that has worked particularly well for you?
PS: Due to a leg injury exercise is pretty much out of the question right now.