This week has been “tripping balls” as we kids say nowadays. Sometimes my life feels like some conglomeration of surrealities that may or may not be related to each other.
One of these surrealities is what has been happening to my sleep recently. I’ve had unusually vivid dreams for the past few days. Monday and Wednesday were particularly bizarre. I couldn’t tell you what they were about, even if I wanted to. Tuesday I had a dream that embodied my desire to protect a friend; I tried proving it to her, but to no avail.
But Wednesday… that was the first time I’ve slept without waking up at night at least once. In years. For as long as I could remember, I’d wake up at least once during the night, at around 3:00 AM or something. I’d wait around for 15, 20 minutes, and then I’d fall back asleep. Last night was an exception to this rule. I realized that I slept the whole night when I finally heard the door to my room open as my mom came in to wake me up. Usually I’d be half-awake and I’d just wait for her to open it up, but the sound of the door opening has for once, broken me from a dream.
I’m trying to figure out why I’ve been experiencing this lately. It could be because of my increased protein intake lately. Tryptophan plays a role in sleep, as it’s involved in serotonin production. Tryptophan is one of the amino acids that my protein powder provides, and I’ve been having lots of protein powder lately. I also worked out a ton yesterday, and exercise helps out with sleep by tiring you out and giving your brain the feel-good chemicals and stuff.
The fact that I remember what Tuesday’s dream was about and that it portrayed one of my main concerns is an interesting one. Such things won’t bother me unless they turn out more nightmarish. That dream was mercifully tame, so calling it a nightmare would be an exaggeration. However, I’d rather not be living out such fears in my head.