Yeah.. I suppose it depends on how one defines a nightmare. I suppose they're simply dreams w/unpleasant themes, etc, that upset us to a degree when we wake.
My dreams in general are usually odd, and sort of epic. Most of them entail bizarre kinds of journeys.
However, I very rarely have dreams that I'd call nightmares.
I used to get recurring dreams a lot.
The recurring dreams were one of 3 themes, and sort of 'evolved' in this order:
- Tornadoes - usually involved seeking shelter/helping others seek shelter occasionally. Usually it was two children I'd never met. Boy and a girl. Most of the time I was by myself. I'd hear that familiar storm siren, and the skies were filled with funnel clouds, touching down at different places and points in time.
- The Zombie Apocalypse - This was a recurring sort of 'chase' dream. Also becoming a lucid dream at the end. I'd be trying to find different places to hide, building barricades, losing people, fighting, crouching in corners as they began to close in.. and.. always, at that moment, I'd realize I was dreaming, and moments later, I could wake up. I recall once, I realized it was all a dream, and kept thinking.. "I hope I wake up soon.." and got all freaked out because my friends got attacked/became the undead and were after me.. and I couldn't wake myself up right away. Thought, "well maybe I'm not dreaming.. AH FU---" and then. Awake.
- Attic - The last recurring dream was very brief, fewer details. I'd be in this huge old house, one I've never seen waking, but I was familiar with. Everything was covered in sheets and cobwebs. It was interesting to explore, until I reached the staircase leading to the attic. I felt compelled to climb these stairs, and as I ascended, I'd always get this overwhelming sense of impending.. well.. doom.. and I couldn't turn back to leave, and I couldn't continue fwd.
Those recurring dreams never really left me frightened upon waking. They had more of an underlying sense of urgency associated, rather than fear/distress. Tornado dreams happened when my life was chaotic. The zombie dreams occurred then as well. I felt out of control in waking life, and kept avoiding my own internal issues, which manifested outside myself. The attic dreams happened when I started dealing w/said problems, and was inthe process of making big decisions, doing something new. At times the tornado dreams returned as well. Meh. Such is life. I'm not bothered by unpleasant dreams. My subconscious wants me to analyze these themes when I'm awake, most likely. Cryin' about it is counterproductive.
Aside from nightmares, what's actually unpleasant are the Night Terrors I get on occasion. Rarely any images or scenarios associated with them. Usually just waking up in a state of intense panic/fear, with nothing to attach the fear to, and nothing in my waking life specifically seems to trigger them; I've suffered from night terrors since I was very young. Frustrating. They don't cause me any significant amt of distress once I'm fully awake though, and don't seem to impact my day. I'm just confused, usually. Sometimes I go right back to sleep and have no recollection of the incident. People I sleep next to, do, of course. And act all weird/concerned in the morning.
Yeah. I wake up screaming sometimes. I'm fine, dammit. Let's go make pancakes! :rolli: