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What Dreams May Come

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Floating down the hallway of infinity -- Central Maryland (August 2016)Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50/1.5 ZMEastman Double-X (5222) + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Floating down the hallway of infinity
Central Maryland (August 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50/1.5 ZM
Eastman Double-X (5222) + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Have you ever lurched awake in a cold sweat from a dream, only to wonder — what was it exactly — that made your heart pound?  And the more you try to remember, the more it slips through your grasp?

Was it a nightmare?  An argument?  Were you late for a very important date?  Or escaping from the worst toilet in Scotland?  Were you having a warm and comforting visit with someone when it suddenly went terribly awry?  Or maybe approaching the best part of the dream when a subtle change or noise in the real world causes you to snap awake?

I have dreams like those, where it’s incredibly vivid while I’m in it, but then it just vanishes like diaphanous vapor… and I’m left grasping at straws about what just happened.  This image reminds me of that — I can barely make out something… I’m not sure what… and the more I try to make sense of it, the more it eludes me.

28 thoughts on “What Dreams May Come

  1. My Small Surrenders

    This happens all the time 😐
    I used to have very vivid dreams I could remember the details of as if I had lived them, now I suspect because of the copious amount of pain medications I take, it’s hard for me to remember many of my dreams. I tend to have fuzzy uncomfortable feelings rather than being able to identify the events, places, and people clearly.
    I hope you’re able to get back to the vivid memorable dreams 🙂

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      It’s been like that for most of my life; I remember dreams only infrequently. Usually I’m out cold in 60 seconds or less (Cindy has timed it), and come out of sleep just as fast. As a result, my dreams just evaporate — like vapor on a hot mirror.

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    2. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      I used to lie awake for hours when I was younger, then I discovered a form of self-hypnosis during a psychology course in college that allowed me to shut everything down in a fraction of the time. I’ve honed that down to 30-60 seconds on most nights, though every great once in awhile I will stay awake from events of the day that are bothering me.

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    3. My Small Surrenders

      I’ve been a night owl since I was a kid and just accepted it as the norm, until I had a sleep study because even when I “slept” I would wake up feeling exhausted. It turned out there was a measurable physiological reason for my exhaustion: I wasn’t getting enough REM sleep. My brain wasn’t sending my body the correct messages for me to get proper rest. Now with my pain condition, it’s even more difficult to get the rest I need.
      I just started a new sleep plan, but if it doesn’t deliver positive results after a few weeks I’ll try the self-hypnosis.
      Thanks again 🙂

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