I’m not on meds and have been trying to sleep at the time and length that my body wants to. But I keep having nightmares. Like one after the other. Sometimes I go through long stretches (like weeks) where nightmares plague my sleep and I’m afraid I’m falling into one of those phases again.
So far I’ve had dreams about:
Mutated humans finding people by sound/light and attacking them (recurring)
My finger being amputated and me never being able to draw again
The one about the other patient shooting me
Dying by strangulation in my sleep (that was fun getting back to sleep after that one)
Someone driving woodchips under my fingernails and making me lick up the blood
Being forced to walk through acid until all the flesh on my feet and ankles burned away
Lying awake during an autopsy unable to speak or move but feeling all the pain
Being chase by a predator animal and crawling into a long pipe that got so small I couldn’t get out of it without going towards the animal. So I just had to wait for the animal to drag me out by my feet and kill me
A mass shooter coming into my job. And I crawl into a narrow but deep bin and a coworker climbs in on top of me but the shooter sees the coworker and shoots her. Then I feel her body go limp on my back.
I wish I didn’t have to remember my dreams when they are bad but I don’t know how to make them stop. I wake up at least once a night heart racing. I’m not on meds so it’s not that. I’m getting enough sleep besides these damn nightmares. I make sure I’m completely relaxed before bed. I haven’t seen a horror flick in maybe 2 years. I don’t know man. All I can think of is stress.
Anyone else deal with bouts of bad dreams? How did you get them to stop?