Dream a Little Dream of Pee

Lately, I’ve been having some very restless sleep. I have no problem getting to sleep, and I can stay asleep for about three hours. After that, my mind is bound and determined to wake up. I don’t know what’s causing it, but I have several guesses. Here they are in no particular order:

  • I get too hot
  • My husband snores
  • My husband says I snore (I don’t believe that)
  • Hormones… Ugh!
  • I get uncomfortable
  • My husband snores
  • A sound outside or inside the house (other than the snoring)
  • I sleep next to a restless sleeper- My husband…Who snores
  • I watched three of the Paranormal Activity movies months ago, and they are still haunting me.
  • My husband snores

I haven’t been able to pinpoint which of the above reasons is the cause. It’s driving me crazy that something is keeping me from sleeping through the night. I basically like to sleep for one reason, not for the sheer rejuvenation and healing effects (that’s a nice bonus), but mainly because I look forward to my dreams. Well… Not all of my dreams.

When I’m stressed, which I am more so now than I have been in a long time, I have some weird dreams. I have one recurring type of dream in particular that concerns me. I dream I go into a public bathroom with many stalls. It’s quiet and I’m the only one in there. Once I’m in the stall, however, there are tons of women outside waiting. Then I look down and see that the toilet- I haven’t even used yet- is clogged and on the verge of overflowing. Or in some cases, the toilet is a chair with a cushion. Yeah… I’m stumped on that one.

Dreaming about bathrooms can just mean you really need to pee while you’re sleeping, so subconsciously you dream about peeing. I know Annie Lennox sang that sweet dreams are made of pee, (who am I to disagree) but I don’t wake up from these dreams in need of going to the bathroom. I just wake up befuddled. Yes… Befuddled. So I did what any befuddled person would do… I typed “toilet dreams” into my search engine. I was surprised to see there are quite a few explanations about toilets making appearances in dreams. Evidently, dreaming of toilets the way I do, means I am overwhelmed by the current events in my life. Wow, sounds pretty accurate to me!

In the past, I have tried a natural sleep aid called melatonin. The doctor who advised me to take it said there were no real side effects other than nightmares. I don’t care for nightmares, of course, but I gave it a try. It doesn’t help one get to sleep, but it did help me stay asleep as long as I wasn’t disturbed. I stopped taking it because inevitably someone in my family would wake me up from my deep sleep and then I couldn’t get back to sleep.

“Mom… There is a sound outside my window.”

“Babe, where’s my cell phone? I need to set my alarm.”

Then I toss and turn the rest of the night. No dreams, just thoughts of how I need to buy my daughter earplugs, and of duct taping my husband’s phone to his head.

I don’t know what is worse: staying asleep and having nightmares, or having dreamless sleep and waking up every twenty minutes. Just two nights ago I tried taking the melatonin again, and only woke up once, but I had a nightmare. I dreamt my family and I were living during the apocalypse, and leather-clad goons straight out of Mad Max were after us. People had barged into our house and helped themselves to our food and amenities. Somehow we ended up in a makeshift movie theater and the goons had dogs that were trying to locate us in the crowd. I then woke up wondering why the heck I couldn’t just dream about an iron-clad Robert Downey, Jr. instead. Why the freakin’ apocalypse?!! Or at least the apocalypse with Robert… That wouldn’t be too bad. Lock me in a bunker with him and I won’t want to wake up!

In all seriousness though, I really need to find out what is making me restless. I know I tease about my husband’s snoring keeping me awake, but in reality, I’m sure the toilets are right- it probably is stress. I just don’t see a way I can immediately make the stress stop. I can’t distance myself from it; that would require quitting my job. I’m looking for another job and turning in resumes, but I have to find a way in the meantime to get some restful sleep: dream-filled or not. I don’t want to medicate or drink myself to sleep because doing so can cause bigger problems in the future. I just want to curl up in my bed, sleep soundly through the night, and dream of Iron Man instead of the porcelain throne.

About Haycomet

I have a creative license and I use it (though my picture on it isn't very flattering). I include puns, colorful similes, and hyperbole in my writing. I like to keep things interesting, and I love to make my readers laugh. I welcome comments, so don't hesitate to leave them. (See my "About the Comet" page for more)

Posted on March 15, 2013, in Diary and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. HayCom, good to see you writing again. Very entertaining. Sorry it’s at your expense tho.
    Over half of all married couples do have to sleep in separate rooms on work nights.
    Tryptophan, the aminoacid found in warm milk or a turkey sandwich, can help you get back to sleep in ~45 min. and keep you there 2-3 hours and wake up without a “hangover” after effect.
    Sounds like the uncertainties of the job quest are “haunting” you and you want to just flush them away.

  2. Get involved in physical activity like working out or going for a brisk walk or zumba.

  3. Tryptophan puts you to sleep (2-3 hours dose dependent. Great for getting back to sleep in the middle o th night. GABA (gamaaminobutiric acid) is good for 6 hours.
    Melatonin can make you drowsy the next day.

    Give your husband and daughter some GABA and tryptophan. Then you can sleep.

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