So, this is a little bit of an odd post, and not running related, but I thought it was worth a shot.
I'm someone that has always had an overactive imagination, which has heavily played into my sleep experience for as long as I can remember. While I occasionally get the fun, exciting vivid dream, I often have weird dreams and, sometimes, really horrible nightmares.
The last 4 nights have featured stress dreams (where bad things happen and I can't stop them and, subseqently become really stressed) but last night I had actual nightmares, featuring my realization that my dad had died (which, of course, he hasn't), going to turn in my thesis and realizing that it was full of mistakes and was completely undone (its turned in and already graded) and that I was trying to drive a car across the san francisco bay on the water with my mom and a huge wave came over and destroyed our car, and, probably, us as well.
The death one was the most disturbing and I forced myself awake after that one and went downstairs to hug my dad and make sure he was okay. Still having trouble shaking the memory of that dream moment when I realized he had been dead in my dream for some time. It was a really horrible moment.
So, after these ramblings, my question is, does anyone else struggle with this? And are there any home remedies or such that anyone has found effective to limit bad dreams?
Any suggestions would have the thanks of an exhausted and frustrated runner!