I have always been a very vivid dreamer and unfortunately my nightmares are just as intense.
On average I have a nightmare about once a week, far more when I’m stressed.
I have a reoccurring one in which I’m asleep in my bed, everything is as it was when I really fell asleep so there are no tell tale signs that I’m dreaming.
Suddenly a man or men in masks come bursting into my bedroom, run towards me and grab me, thankfully I always wake up at this point, but every time I have it I think to myself ‘This is it, it’s really happening this time’.
Another reoccurring one is where I realize I’m asleep and try to wake up but can’t, I get stuck in an endless loop of, getting out of bed ect then realizing I’m still in the dream and it starting all over again. It feels like being stuck in my own head and it often takes me a while to believe I’m really awake after having one of these dreams.
Stress also causes me to lash out in my sleep, despite being a completely nonviolent person, and never in my life gotten into a fight; I have in my sleep, punched, kicked, slapped and screamed at my husband, I once even woke to find that I had lifted my husband’s head clean off the pillow, I was sat up holding him by the face when I woke up.
Despite this he still loves me and laughs it off but I feel horribly guilty!