Dreams – Word of the Week

I wasn’t sure whether my word should be dreams or nightmares!

I’m taking medication that gives me the most weird and lucid dreams. Then on top of that I’m on a high dose of steroids which also affect my sleeping patterns. This means night time has become rather strange and disturbed.

Let me try to describe a couple of the dreams I’ve had this week.

I was lying on a cold floor in a dark cellar, there was barely any light but I could see a dark shadow across the room. The shadow came closer and started to cover me. I felt I could barely breathe and my body became stiff. I woke up and I was in a complete body spasm from my ribs to my toes. My legs were actually risen off the bed I was so stiff. I was terrified, but I knew I had to calm down because my breathing was becoming strained. Thankfully I did manage to cam myself with breathing techniques and eventually my body followed releasing me from the spasm.

This one is a little weirder and I don’t remember it very clearly. I don’t know how or why but I was sharing a very large bed with several women, we were all together for some kind of sleep experiment. The bed was very lumpy and I complained that if the woman next to me could just move over a little then I ‘d be able to get comfortable. The women next to me began arguing that I wanted special treatment because I was disabled and really started to have a go at me. I woke up feeling quite sad.

I always wake up from a weird dream and then I find it really hard to go back to sleep again. The dreams that imitate my illness are the worst, but I still have nice dreams too, they are just harder to remember. The dreams stick around in my mind all day and I guess they have dominated my week.

Edit: Last night I remember two dreams, In one I was diving off a very high building with a parachute. I remember waiting to jump and not feeling scared, but I don’t remember actually jumping. In the other dream I won a family holiday to Florida! Only I couldn’t tell anyone because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get travel insurance. (I guess this is something that has been on my mind recently and just turned up in a dream.)

I’d love to hear about your dreams too.

The Reading Residence


  1. angiemwebster77
    January 27, 2017 / 11:23 am

    It's awful when you have dreams like that, especially the ones you can't shake off once you are awake. I'm always had very strange and lucid dreams since I was a little girl some weird and wonderful and some not so nice. One I often have is that I'm trying to dial a number on an old fashioned phone and I just can't get it right, it's so frustrating ! I hope you get some good quality sleep soon x

  2. January 27, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Oh yes, I've had the telephone one in the past x

  3. January 27, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    Oh dear…What strange dreams. They do sound more like nightmares. I hope you get lots of nice dreams soon!
    I have had some really odd dreams this last week. I blame the cold and flu tablets and things I've been taking. lol

  4. January 27, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Dreams which are so strong and powerful and real are awful aren't they?! Although yours does sound more like a nightmare, I have to say. I haven't had any real dreams for ages – I think I'm so tired I fall into such a deep sleep & then I don't remember anything! I hope you manage to get some good quality, uninterupted dream free sleep

  5. January 27, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Very strange dreams and not happy ones, either, that you'd want to have lingering around. It's frustrating when they keep you awake, too, Hope next week's dreams are easily forgettable x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  6. January 27, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    What strange dreams. Disturbed nights and a lot on your mind. Although my Grandmother would have told you to leave off the cheese before bed time. (she didn't like cheese). I hope the dreams improve and leave you to sleep soundly. #wotw

  7. rebeccabeesley
    January 27, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    I've always been fascinated by dreams and have always dreamt a lot. My husband never used to dream until more recently and now he's become really interested in dream interpretation (not in a weird way but in a Christian way of God speaking to us via dreams at times). But horrible dreams are just that – horrible and I hope that your dreams soon become good ones again.

    I smiled at your dream about florida – as you know I love my comps and when i've deliberately stopped doing comps in the past to take a break from it, i've ended up dreaming that i've had big wins like big holidays etc and then find myself dissapointed when i wake up!

    In terms of insurance, we were really worried when we were going to canada a couple of years ago when T was at her worst that we wouldn't be able to find travel insurance cover that would cover her but there are companies that do specialise in it. We got cover via Staysure insurance at that time, but this year we found that Blue badge insurance (who we get insurance through for her wheelchair) also have a sub brand that specialise in travel insurance which is far more comprehensive than staysure and worked out miles cheaper too so we booked through them this year.

  8. Tina
    January 27, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    I think your dreams reflect the new changes in your life and your unsure of the future and how you will cope . The parachute reflects the need for a safety net and I can see why based on your health problems that you are facing a period of the unknown x hope they settle soon x

  9. mummyhereandthere
    January 27, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    I can identify with this as I too take medication that interferes with my sleep and the way I process information. Hugs and fingers crossed it improves X #wotw

  10. debsrandomwritings
    January 28, 2017 / 6:20 am

    Hi Anne, I hope you aren't on the medication too much longer as those dreams are no nice at all. I remember years ago when my Dad was giving up smoking the nicotine patches used to give him such disturbing and vivid dreams that he stopped using them (he did give up and hasn't touched cigarettes for twenty years now). I've not had a dream I can recall for a long time. I tend to get unsettled feelings, but no images I can remember.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


  11. liquoriceuk
    January 31, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Dreams are funny things aren't they? Hope that the weird and horrible dreams start to ease off soon. That body spasm sounds quite scary – glad you were able to calm yourself down again. I don't often remember my dreams but I do tend to get strange ones when I'm worrying about something. I also get false awakenings every so often where I dream repeatedly that I'm awake and doing things only to then realise that I'm still asleep. It's not so bad when it's just the one and I wake up – it's when they're several layers deep and I have several "awakenings" before I wake for real – by the last one I'm usually starting to panic that I won't be able to wake up for real. #WotW

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