My eyes snap open, my heart starts racing, and I am drenched in sweat. I roll over and glance at the alarm clock, 2:30 am right on the dot. Another nightmare, and it’s the 9th day of this. I honestly don’t know what’s causing them, I don’t even remember the dream. I cuddle back into the bed and try to force myself back to sleep, instead I am wide awake.
It’s too early to get up and too late to try a sleep aid. So I sit there and count sheep, or I make up a silly story. Sometimes I wrack my brain trying to remember the dream that caused me to jolt awake, it never comes. Other nights I have the dog come and cuddle me while trying to calm my mind and my heart. Sleep still alludes me.
The other night I tried some NyQuil, I had hoped that it would help me sleep through the night. It didn’t I still woke up at 2:30. The only thing that helped was daylight savings time, instead of 2:30 it was 3:30. At least one perk from being so tired is that I want to go to bed earlier.
I started researching everything to help me. I figured I would need to know the root cause of the nightmare. That brought me down a whole different path. There really isn’t much that we know about nightmares. I guess my best hope is to just keep myself calm and hope they go away.