I was wondering how often this happens to other people.
Here’s what happened last night:
I was dreaming I had captured a small furry animal of the hamster or squirrel variety and was carrying it around with me in my dream. For a long time it was just relaxed and sleeping in my hands. Then out of nowhere it wakes up and bites me and latches onto my hand. It hurts REALLY REALLY BAD. So I’m shaking my hand trying to get it off me, and I’m in tears, begging people around me to help, to no avail when finally…
I wake up, kind of lazily shaking my hand around in real life, like a drunken slow version of what I was doing in my dream. Phew! It was just a dream. But then I realize something… that spot on my hand REALLY HURTS JUST LIKE IT DID IN THE DREAM!
Now, I don’t think that the dream caused my hand to actually hurt in that precise spot (is that even possible?), but what I do think is likely is that my brain incorporated the pain it was actually receiving from the nerves in my hand (maybe because I was sleeping on it wrong or I had banged it against something hard near my bed in my sleep) into my dream. Kind of fascinating, really.
This has also happened to me with sounds. Sometimes I incorporate the sound of my alarm clock into my dreams, where in my dream it’ll be some sort of loud alarm that is causing me to freak out, only to eventually wake up and realize it’s my alarm clock and to freak out and wake up because I’ve been sleeping through it!
Another, kind of sad/depressing example, is sometimes I will have very sad dreams where I am sobbing within the dream. I will wake up and my face will be puffy and my eyes will be sore, and sometimes even the pillow will be a bit wet or feel “crusty” or something, and it seems likely I was actually crying in real life as well as in my dream.
Does this sort of stuff happen to any of you? Any fun stories of incorporating real life events/actions/stimulus into your dreams?
Any thoughts on the connection between the pain I felt in my hand once I woke up, to the pain I was feeling and dreaming about?