Anxiety manifesting in dreams?


I've had a rough night. It's 1:45 AM and I've gotten an hour and a half of sleep after only being able to settle down in bed at around 11 last night. I woke up frequently in that time from a series of strange dreams and I can't think of anywhere else to talk about them. First dream was pleasant enough. I was with my family at the park and there were flowers and the sun was out and there were these massive super sweet dogs that I pet until I woke up like 15 minutes later. Second dream was like a half attempt from my brain at sleep paralysis before I forced myself awake. Spooky shapes and static and all that jazz. Third dream I don't even remember, I just remember the distinct feeling that something was wrong and I needed to wake up right away. The last dream is what's keeping me up right now though simply because it was just so painful. I was in a city street and out of nowhere come these weird almost CGI looking animals. Most of them disappear except two, a wolf and a gorilla (I think? Idk all I can think of is King Kong). They just started attacking me, ripping on my arms and legs and hair as I tried to run away, just relentlessly tearing me apart until all I could think was how badly I wish they would just finish it already. It felt like it went on forever but it was probably only about 20 minutes real time. When I woke up I was twitching and thrashing so bad I was surprised my cat was still tucked between my calves and not thrown off the bed. I heard once that being chased or attacked by animals in dreams could be interpreted as a suppressed aggression or anger and your conscious self running from that. I guess that makes sense. So anyway idk I guess I'm just trying to figure out how to get back to sleep without psyching myself into another nightmare. 😔 I have to get up for work at 5 but every time I try to go back to sleep I'm just so scared that I'm going to fall back in.

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