For as long as I can remember I’ve had a recurring dream. It’s not frightening, but it’s really, really uncomfortable. I can pretty much guarantee that a day or two after having the dream, I will be poorly. It’s as if it’s my body’s way of warning me I will be ill.
The dream is pretty simple. I’m in whatever room I’ve fallen asleep in but I’m awake. The walls feel like they are really close to me, but when I reach out to touch them, they’re miles away. Sometimes, there are blobs of colour and weird geometric lines and patterns in the room with me. When I’m in this dream, I know that I’m dreaming, but I can’t quite shake myself awake.
I’ve never really thought of looking much into what the dream means, but Adjustmatic, who make beds for the elderly have teamed up with leading dream expert Ian Wallace to decode children’s dreams. Whenever I ask Harrison or Alex what they’ve dreamt about, they give me a sort of blank look, so I’m not sure they really understand dreams yet, but I thought it would be interesting to find out what my own mean.
Apparently, what I experience isn’t actually a dream, but something called hypnagogia and is basically the period between being awake and being asleep. It explains the feeling of being conscious of the fact that I’m dreaming, and seeing patterns and colours is a common feature of hypnagogia. It was really fascinating to find out more about it and to know I’m not totally weird, although I would love to know why it only happens before I’m ill!.
To find out more about what your children’s dreams mean, and maybe get an insight into your own, have a watch of this video.