How I Dream

I wanted to make a post just talking in general about how I dream and dreams I’ve had in the past.
I’ve always had really vivid and intricate plot-driven dreams, ever since I was little. I used to have a recurring nightmare from when I was 3 until I was at least 10 about a scarecrow man who lived in the bathroom and had candy corn for eyes. Terrifying. My mom accidentally taught me about lucid dreaming, sort of. She told me that the next time I had a nightmare, to just tell myself that it was a dream, and it would go away. I guess a lot of parents tell their kids that, but I really believed it.
I remember the first time I had a nightmare where something horrible was chasing me, and I decided to try my mom’s experiment. It was the coolest thing ever. I changed channels in my dream. Suddenly, I wasn’t in a dark, grey and green forest anymore, I was watching a tennis match. Then I changed again, and I was in a hilarious sitcom. It was awesome. At the end of the dream, I “woke up” and my mom was making waffles.
This is apparently common with lucid dreaming, and I think that’s what Kerjack was talking about. The breathing thing is actually a test, to make sure you’re actually asleep. I don’t believe doing it during the day actually causes it, unless it’s psychosomatic. I’ve also heard that you should try hitting light switches if you think you’re awake, and if they don’t affect any appliances, you know you’re asleep.
BUT lucid dreaming isn’t everything. I’m happy just to see what I can come up with. I’ve heard that you’re not supposed to be able to dream in color, but I am positive that I do. I also have smells and touch, which is nice.
I’ve been able to dream in German, when I was at the height of my studies, but I probably couldn’t do it anymore.
Like I said a few entries ago, I go through periods where I dream a lot and can remember them for long periods of time. I don’t know what sets off these periods, as my sleep patterns change so much. I seem to be in a good dream-recall cycle now, which is fun. I like to try and figure out what’s bothering me and why.
I actually hate falling asleep, and I have terrible sleeping habits because of it. I try not to lie down until the split second I know I’ll fall asleep. If I lay down any time before that, I start stressing out about everything that happened that day, and what I need to prepare for the next day. Then I can’t get to sleep for hours.
I have a few other weirdo sleep rituals, which I’ll keep to myself so I don’t get sent right to the nut house. But I’ll give you a hint — it has to do with the order of my Firefox tabs before I can get to sleep.
:) Okay, more dreaming coming soon, I hope.

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