Sleep and Dreams

After some self-reflection, I realized something that is likely of little importance.

If I don't get a reasonable amount of sleep, I either do not dream or have no recollection of them.

In contrast, if I able to carve out sufficient time for sleep, I have lots of vivid dreams.

So, either I should get more sleep and enjoy the dreaming, or prevent those darn aliens from abducting me at night for their secret testing.

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Do you have memorable dreams every night or just periodically?

Does the amount of sleep impact you remembering dreams?

17 comments:

Travel Nurse Extraordinaire said...

I don't usually recall my dreams but I have noticed less dreaming when I am more sleep deprived. I love dreams as long as they aren't the anxiety inducing kind.

BobKat said...

Very vivid and often similar places - could make maps of some of the places I dream of at night. I believe you're right about the lack of sleep hindering dreams, and the aliens.

Matthew MacNish said...

Absolutely. On weeknights I almost never dream, because I get about 5 hours of sleep. On weekends, I always get to lay back down after that first morning piss ... and slip back into my imagination.

Diane said...

What kind of aliens do you have? Details, please!!! :O)

Erin said...

I've been having crazy dreams lately, made all the more crazy by their realism. Stressful ones, like fighting with my in-laws, and there was even one about being a soldier in Iraq!

Beth Zimmerman said...

I've never noticed the amount of sleep I get having an impact. I know that stress level affects me though. If I am stressed when I go to bed I tend to have vivid, unpleasant dreams. If I'm more relaxed ... nothing. I mean ... I'm sure I have good dreams from time to time but I only remember the unsettling ones.

Elena said...

I always say I don't sleep but if that was true I wouldn't dream constantly! Maybe my dreams are wearing me out. Anyway, the ones that are most vivid, or that I remember best, are early morning ones.

Clarissa Draper said...

I would say I'm average. Rarely do I remember my dreams but I think I have them. Perhaps the aliens have abducted me...

ZaSu Says said...

Dreams are very important SD, very important indeed. Just ask my grandson!

Here's one my abused grandson told me about. He told me, "Nana I had a scary dream last night and you were in it?" I asked what it was about and he went into a very animated description of a giant monster chasing him down our street up to our house.

My grandson said, "I was running as fast as I could and I ran up all our porch stairs. You (Nana) were standing in the door, so I ran under your arm. I yelled, "Hurry RUN there's a monster coming." "You (Nana) didn't move a muscle. You just stood there!"

My grandson said he watched the monster ascended the stairs aimed right at me. Strangely the monster began getting smaller, shrinking with each one of his steps.

When he reached the door he was the size of a little bug. My grandson said, "Know what you did Nana? I asked what, waiting for his answer, he was obviously happy about.

"YOU Squashed him - just like a bug!" He was smiling broadly now. I reminded him it was God who kills the monsters, Nana's do though often kill bugs.

I hugged him and thanked God for saving him from a terrible life of abuse. He was only 6 yrs. old and had seen so much pain and fear.

Kristin said...

When I dream a lot...I'm not sleeping soundly. Le sigh.

Kristin said...

When I dream a lot...I'm not sleeping soundly. Le sigh.

Maxi said...

I never remember my dreams. Hmmm…

Momma Fargo said...

I usually have dreams on a full stomach before bed. Otherwise, it's restless sleep. And I find I need less sleep as I get older. What the hay? LOL

Selma said...

There's something in what you say. I am a chronically bad sleeper and usually can't remember my dreams but on the odd occasion that I do get some sleep I seem to have quite vivid dreams. I wonder if the amount of dreaming we experience is related to the length of time we sleep. It'd be interesting to find out.

Jeannie said...

I don't sleep much, my body not feeling it needs it or just don't want to pass the hours away sleeping. But early to bed or awake all night, I am a dreamer, the good, bad and ugly. Things I might see in the daytime could spark a terrifying dream. For instance: my hubby was trying out a set of lights and put a cord over to the table. Being in the middle of watering plants he had the hose lying near it. In my dream, my great grandson was standing on the porch with the hose in his hand and crying, "I am getting jabbed". Then "I told you I was getting jabbed" and he dropped to the floor. Immediate wake up and shaking. I knew what sparked that dream and told my husband. He said I worry too much. I wasn't worrying about it awake but it must have bothered my subconscience, so now there will not be a hose and an electric cord near each other, especially when the little guy is visiting. Mostly I have towns I visit, going in thrift shops, antique shops or just running from someone. That one is terrifying for me. Have even sat on a small seat and flown away from whoever it is chasing me and he/she has been after me since I was a child. Have even walked in my sleep/dreams. Once going to a neighbor a floor below me, knocking on the door, which woke me up, and finding myself in a skimpy baby doll nightie at 2:30 in the morning and getting caught by the lady next door. Only to find out I had locked myself out and had to keep knocking on my door to wake my son up. My first husband worked the night shift so wasn't there. I could tell you more but have enbarrassed myself enough.

Pia said...

i normally remember my dreams and when i do, i list them down as soon as i wake up. it's nice to see patterns. like there's a message behind those dreams.

J. J. in Phila said...

No, but I actually had a dream where I died, and I did not wake up.