Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Grieving (Elements of Dreams) #AtoZChallenge
Just as grieving can affect our life throughout the day, the sorrow of grieving can infiltrate our dreams during sleep. This makes sense if we consider that dreams are typically the subconscious restructuring of our waking thoughts. A period of grief can lead to fitful troubling sleep as our sleeping mind confronts the issues of sadness and loss.
On the other hand grief can lead us to try to escape our emotion by excessive sleeping with disjointed dreams or ambiguous vague night visions. Perhaps the mind in these cases is unable to process the grief or may be trying to avoid the grieving experience.
Sometimes when there is no apparent grief in our waking life we might experience dreams about grief. Some of these dreams are recalling past grief events perhaps due to something elicited during the previous day or maybe even due to an anniversary date or anything else that might have evoked the grief memory. In other dreams we might experience grief about an event that has not happened. In this case the grief is probably due to a fear of loss that has been prompted by something that has been on our mind.
Have you ever woke up feeling sad or perhaps even crying? When you have suffered grief how was your sleep and dreaming affected? Do you sometimes become sad thinking about a loved one or friend whom you think might soon die?