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Last week, when I was quite ill and spent much time in bed, I would sleep for hours throughout the day and during the night. As I slept, I dreamed seemingly long dreams that would continue even after awakening and then returning to sleep.
Now I don't recall what any of those dreams were, only that I had dreamed them. I wanted to write them down, but in the dull ache of illness I had no desire to be writing dreams. My brief sorties to the computer were spent checking emails. I did compose my brief blog notices why I didn't feel like posting anything, but I was in no mood to be recording dreams in any way.
I can recall having dreams during sick times when I was a child and later in life as well. Dreams would be expected during these times since so much sleep can be involved with being sick. Often it seems that the dreams during sickness are stranger and more vivid. Perhaps this is partially due to the fact that being bedridden we are confronted with less realistic events during the waking hours--less for our mind to interpret or sort out. Our waking hours may consist of more television watching, reading, or just suffering through our discomforts. In these times of sickness the dream times are almost as equally real and important as our waking times.
Have you experienced more vivid and prolonged dream sessions when bedridden with illness? What types of sickness dreams do you tend to experience?