Friday, May 26, 2006

Recurring Dreams

So I used to think that recurring dreams only happened on television and in the movies. You know what I'm talking about - there is a specific dream sequence that happens OVER and OVER again exactly the same in someone's "dreams." Until the past few years, I had never had a recurring dream so I didn't know what they were. Now I know....

While I'm not having the exact same dream over and over, I'm having dreams about the same subject/problem over and over. It's so common in fact, I go to bed at night wondering which one I'll have. The two I have the most are either ones where I am back in high school and I cannot remember the combination to my lock or I am at the pool I worked at as a lifeguard and they are getting ready to tear it down. I've had a lot recently about the pool b/c I found out a little over a year ago that they had bulldozed the pool club and were putting up houses. It's totally gone now, but I keep having these dreams that I'm there on the last day.

The high school one is so frustrating because I just can never remember the combination to the lock on my locker. In my senior year they abandoned letting students bring their own locks and installed them and I can only think I must have had a hard time learning a new combination after using the same locks since 6th grade. Every now and then my brain will mix it up and throw in a dream about forgetting my gym suit, but not as often as the lock dream.

It is so frustrating b/c they almost make me more tired. How do you get recurring dreams to stop? Neither are "bad" dreams, just anxiety producing for some reason. They say that you have recurring dreams for a reason - I wish I knew what it was.

1 comment:

Katie said...

If you are having recurring dreams, it is probably because something is bothering you in "real" life. The problem likely has nothing to do with the subject matter of your dream-- those are just manifestations that your brain concocted.

Why do I know so much? Many times when I am stressed, I have a recurring dream involving me getting married. Every time I have the dream, something goes wrong with the wedding-- it is different every time. Either I don't know the person getting married or I hate their last name, or they are already married, or the reception has no food. In the last dream I had (a few months ago), the person I was marrying was of a different religion and it was a problem for some reason.

It is so crazy, but I have had recurring dreams about weddings-gone-wrong for years. They go away when the stress of "real" life goes away.

Hope it helps!