Starting to remember dreams again

March 16, 2016

I didn’t get much sleep last night, so after running some errands early this morning, I laid down at around 10:30am. I knew I was too tired to be productive today, so I thought if I could just get two hours of sleep, I could start working at 1pm, and still get in a fair amount of work.

I woke up after about 45 minutes, rolled over, and then my dreams returned, including my ability to interact in the dreams, and my memory of the dreams. In one dream segment I was living in a college dorm, and a woman who ran the dorms needed to talk to me about the upcoming schedule, that I’d have to move to a different room in a few months, and everything related to that. (An interesting part of this is that in the dream, the current month was somewhere around September or October, not March.) When I woke up after this dream, and a series of other dreams, I remembered everything, just like I used to be able to do a few years ago.

I mention this because I’ve been having a very hard time remembering my dreams lately. Some part of whatever has been going on, including kidney and liver problems, has been keeping me from being able to remember things.

The only thing different today that I know if is that I was on a relatively high-sodium and high-sugar diet for the last 36 hours. The doctors wanted me to eat “normally,” as opposed to following a DASH diet, to see how this morning’s test results would work out.

Another thing that’s different is that between March 6 to March 8th I was very sick, then I had a few problems last week, but then starting on Saturday I have had times where I have been feeling better. I noticed during the last few days that my “dream memory” has been coming back, but not nearly as good as it was today. 

Regarding the college dorm dream, I want to note that this has been a recurring, ongoing dream. Once it started today, I had memories of previous dreams with this story line, even though I couldn’t remember them while I was awake.

As a final, unrelated note, I’ll be deactivating my Facebook account tonight. I don’t know if it will be a permanent thing, but I really want to get back to the way I was mentally several years ago, and part of that means getting away from “social” things like Facebook. I was reading a book from Zen Master Seung Sahn last night and I thought, “I miss this,” so dropping bad habits like Facebook and Netflix are my first steps to getting back to the way things were.

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