(I FORGOT we didn’t need to post on Sunday! So please just pretend this is Monday’s post… Then pretend that the post I posted today — Monday — is actually Tuesday’s post. Thank you! 😉 )
In my post for the A to Z Challenge yesterday I mentioned that even as a young adult I suffered from night terror after Drollery and I were married. Night terror leaves me feeling totally IRRATIONAL. To lie awake in the middle of the night staring at the bedroom door because you think someone is coming to get you is just that, IRRATIONAL. But AM I awake when that happens? I honestly don’t know.
What IS night terror? The Mayo Clinic says:
Sleep terrors differ from nightmares. The dreamer of a nightmare wakes up from the dream and may remember details, but a person who has a sleep terror episode remains asleep.
Children usually don’t remember anything about their sleep terrors in the morning. Adults may recall a dream fragment they had during the sleep terrors. Also, nightmares generally occur in the last half of the night, while sleep terrors occur in the first half of the night.
During a sleep terror episode, a person might:
Sit up in bed
Scream or shout
Kick and thrash
Sweat, breathe heavily and have a racing pulse
Be hard to awaken, but if awakened be confused
Get out of bed and run around the house
Engage in aggressive behavior (more common in adults)
The worst episode I ever had happened about 3:00 a.m. I sat bolt upright in bed and started screaming. I’ll save you the gory details, but tell you that Drollery could NOT get me to wake up. And every time he came near me to try, even to just put his arms around me, I’d start swatting at him to get him away from me.
Finally he called my very good friend Lynette and held the phone up on speaker so I could hear her voice, and she was able to talk me out of it. I think that’s about the scariest thing that has ever happened to me. I was awake, but I wasn’t.
So I have a lot of empathy for folks who suffer from nightmares and such. But I’m also left with an insatiable curiosity about my night terror. Some folks have suggested when that’s happening we are remembering past life experiences. I’ve never believed in reincarnation or anything like that. But when I’m in the middle of one of those episodes that seem so real, I can almost believe it…
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