Have you ever had a dream so vivid you thought it was real?

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Long headline, but real question. Have you ever had a dream so vivid you thought it was real? I swear I have so many, but there are few that I really remember well past waking up and even days, weeks, years later.

The first one I really remember was from when I was a kid, maybe 7. I was at a neighbor’s house, and it was on fire. I was terrified as the fire engulfed the house, but I knew my sister was in it and needed help getting out. I found her and pulled my sister out of the fire, but was struggling to get far enough away from the flames. Even in my dream, I was breathing hard and freaking out, but I remembered my mom told me that if you pinch yourself in your dream, and it doesn’t hurt, then you know you’re dreaming. I pinched myself, realized it didn’t hurt which calmed me somewhat, and I kept pulling my sister out. To this day I remember that dream and how real it felt until I pinched myself.

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more recent dream was a few nights ago. My husband and I were at some fancy hotel, I think in Las Vegas or New York. There were two twin beds, so we slept separately. I awoke from one of the beds at the start of the dream and felt burning itchy all over my body, but especially my legs. I threw the blanket off me and was covered in small red dots. I looked down at the mattress and tiny little beg bugs were crawling everywhere! I jumped from the bed and couldn’t figure out where they were coming from until I lifted the mattress skirt and a swarm of the bugs scattered everywhere! I woke up itching.

All this to say, I think my subconscious needs to calm down! I know my brain is just processing some information or event that I experienced, trying to get it to make sense, but come on! Still experiencing those feelings even after I’m awake is no fun. I bet I would be a good sleep study experiment, though. Maybe if my day job fails.

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