The other night, Ian and I finally watched the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street starring Mr. Jackie Earle Haley. I have since determined that Jackie Earle is quite possibly my new Kevin Spacey – the man who will creep me out in my dreams. Oh, and not in a “I just watched A Nightmare on Elm Street, so I’m freaked out about Fred Krueger” kind of way…more in a “It’s Jackie Earle Haley and he’s a creepy sumbitch” kind of way. This guy seems like he’d be a real cool guy to hang out with…until he does that voice he does. Yikes.
Anyway, watching the movie got Ian and I into a conversation about dreams. We started talking about those annoying things that always happen in dreams…so hey…why not write a post about them?
I have had some very odd dreams in my lifetime. There’s one theme of dreams that I’ve had that keeps reoccurring. I dream of a plane crash in slow motion. I’m always on the ground watching the plane circle in the sky around where I’m standing. I see the plane slowly descend until it crashes into a fireball near me. I can hear the roaring of the descent. But there is only silence once the plane crashes. I don’t understand what the dream means, but I have seen this extremely vivid vision approximately four times that I can recall. Which means that I’ve likely had this dream many more times and I just cannot remember it.
In any case…here is my compendium of the many things that happen in dreams that drive you completely nuts and cause panic…
- Trying to scream when no sound comes out.
- Trying to speak when no sound comes out.
- Pulling the Looney Tunes classic running in place move – particularly annoying when you’re being chased.
- Coming to a door with no handle.
- Opening a door to find the other side is empty/bricked up/leading to nowhere/complete and total darkness.
- Falling. Forever.
- Recurring dreams that you’d prefer not to have.
- Non-recurring dreams when you’d prefer to have them.
- Running away from someone.
- Seeing someone in your dream that you swear you know, but don’t. In actuality, you may not know the person, but you’ve seen them. Your brain can only dream about what it’s observed, so it may just be someone you’ve passed on the street.
- Having your teeth fall out.
- Being naked/partially clothed when the situation clearly does not call for it.
- Being late for something.
- Quitting/losing your job and forgetting that it did not actually happen when you wake up – I was actually shocked one day when I went into work and saw someone there whom I had dreamed was fired the night before.
- Hearing a song in your dream and waking up to find the same song is playing on the radio – but seemingly several hours passed between hearing the song in your dream and waking up.
- Having a dream that feels so real that you actually believe it happened.
- Referring to events of the dream in #16 and then realizing that it was in fact, only a dream.
I’m sure I’ve forgotten some, so help me out here…
Did you know that the body has mechanisms in place to paralyze you while you dream? It’s likely so that you don’t act out what you’re dreaming. Course, that doesn’t explain why in dreams where you’re falling that you sometimes wake up with a jolt as you try to right yourself from the fall.