I don’t, I take ages to get to sleep, sometimes I think I have been awake all night but more likely have been waking up and checking the clock. Whatever it is though, it isn’t quality, restorative sleep.
I have vivid dreams. I have nightmares, sometimes recurrent ones. I also have night terrors. I rarely remember these but other people do, in particular MLM.
What happens is that I suddenly sit bolt upright in bed, often screaming, terrified, heart rate pounding, sweating profusely. I’m usually saying something to do with what I think is happening, repeating it over and over. These have included a red river running through the bedroom, the bed falling through the floor, burglars that I have had to catch by throwing the duvet over them, snakes (I have a phobia). Sometimes I have no idea what is happening. I don’t always wake up and if I don’t wake then this is good as I don’t remember the terror. If I do wake then it takes me a long time to settle. MLM has learned that if he tells me that I am dreaming and everything is OK then I lie down and sleep again without waking. Yes I know, how come I can work out what he’s saying when I am asleep? I think it’s the reassuring tone, plus I know that when he’s around nothing bad can happen.
It gets awkward too, especially if you are staying with people. Once when I was staying at a friend’s house I did the whole screaming, sitting up in bed thing. I even fell out of bed which woke me.
The next morning the other guests looked at me strangely. They were sleeping in a bedroom underneath the one I was in. He heard the screaming and leapt out of bed to rush to the rescue. (He was a police officer.) This wasn’t easy as he had to leap over his wife to get to the non wall side of the bed, then he knocked over the bedside lamp and couldn’t find the room light switch. Our hostess, who was sleeping in the living room, told him to go back to bed, as it as only me having one of my “things”. Hey ho. Oh how we laughed over breakfast, and they are funny – in retrospect.
I sleep walk too. I managed to get out of bed the wrong side. It was the wrong side because there was only a gap of 4 inches between the bed and the wall. I was stuck there for a while. I’ve woken my then partner up and asked him if he had polished the spots on the horses yet. I’ve woken up and thought I’d got a finger stuck in the mattress????
Then there are the recurrent dreams. There’s one where the car falls off the hill, just won’t go up, it tips back over and tumbles down. There’s the one where I am walking and crawling through tunnels that get narrower and close in behind me, the only way out is forwards. That one is pretty self explanatory, but you amateur dream analysts can have a heyday looking into those.
So, the moral of the story is,when staying with friends, always wear decent nightwear, you never know where you may end up, or who may come rushing into you bedroom to save you.