I'm always dreaming, even when I'm awake; it is never finished.
July 25, 2012 9:52 AM Subscribe
So, this might not even be a problem; I’m not sure, but I dream too much.
I dream a lot. It’s pretty neat in one way, I have a whole mental dream map where all the different dream spaces are connected. I’ve got to draw it out sometime.
But I’m starting to wonder if the fact that I have many memorable dreams every night is a problem worth addressing. The thing that makes it seem “too much” isn’t the simple quantity, but the fact that they often amount to more interesting fodder for reflection than my daily life — they dominate too much of my daytime thoughts. It’s very literally as though I were awake and very busy for a few hours. I would say I think about my dreams, trying to piece them together, or just feeling revisited by them, as much as 20% of the time I’m thinking or reflecting altogether. The impressions are so vivid.
I’m on Prozac, and that seems to be some kind of a factor. But even without it, I dreamed a LOT. Prozac makes them a little more realistic, a little more lively, perhaps. I’m actually stepping that medication down, though, so that effect might be sunsetting soon. I take Lamictal now also, but there’s no info about its effect on dreaming that I’ve seen so far.
Sometimes, I sleep a lot. Maybe this is related to the anxiety/depression/bipolar II, but really it seems to follow my regular monthly hormonal cycle more than anything. I get fatigue in PMS, I take a nap or conk out early. I get a solid 8 hours most of the time, sometimes with a bonus nap or an hour or two of weekend lollygagging.
But again, I reiterate: the lotsa dreaming is only related to sleep time in a 1:1 ratio. It’s always been this way, whether I’m generous with sleep, regimented, or light. As long as I wake up with an adequate number of hours slept, I feel well-rested and I do not feel like I sleep poorly, though I’m somewhat a light sleeper.
Also, my dreams are SUPER normal. Like, barely subconscious at all. Predictable and semi-lucid. I’ve had spates of unpleasant dreams in the past — a phase where I was doing violence to people I love stands out — but for the most part it’s the kind of dream everyone has, just very bright, sometimes funny or action-filled.
I have mentioned it to friends, and one said “just get a dream journal,” and I said I DON’T HAVE THAT MUCH FREE TIME. Honestly, I’d love to have a massively cross-indexed journal, but that seems like a big undertaking! It would be 1000 words a day, minimum.
I’m looking for insights into coping with this. Is it something I should take to my psychiatrist, a therapist, or just be happy about? Is there a self-applied therapy, or a way to tamp them down, a la lucid dreaming techniques? Is there a way to sleep more darkly? Should I just go be a poet already? :P
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