Blindness translation to and from dreams?
December 26, 2013 8:06 AM Subscribe
I am a quite vivid dreamer, but one of my reoccurring themed dreams is me going along, usually in a vehicle which I may or may not control, and going blind temporarily while travelling in that vehicle. I'm used to them, but does going blind during vivid or lucid dreaming at all related to blindness caused by TIAs?
posted by tilde to Science & Nature (16 answers total)
Blah blah blah dream interpretation blah blah blah, but ???
Might be having TIAs in real life that happen when I'm dreaming? Causing the temporary "loss of signal" blindness I'm experiencing in dreams? The "blindness" is not everything going dark, but greys and distorted significantly (not even shapes, just a distortion wavy "screen").
Generally it's transient, associated with me controlling or being part of a mass transit event that ... is less in my control (insanely steep/curved flyover ramps that I fail to navigate safely or down steep, nearly 90 degree grades) or along dangerous roads (not that any road is good to go blind on) - non-divided highways, narrow one lane roads bordered by cliffs or canals.
It's bugging me now because my most recent one had one of my kids as a passenger, and I found myself explaining to them what to do in case I did go blind while driving / how they could help.
I don't *think* I've ever lost my vision while awake (once I had trouble rousing from a sleepy state and had a similar "grey screen"). I've recently had my yearly physical and aside from still being overweight and in need of occasional mammograms am in reasonable shape. Had and passed a heart stress test a few years ago after a series of what might have been panic attacks. Never mentioned to the docs because I always forget, but could go in and see if I can find a pattern to test.
I know that the body can go into a state where you can't move as part of sleeping (and sometimes people wake for that) but does that happen with blindness at all?