Originally Posted by conantheworthless
How much hours do you reckon you sleep a night?
My dreams are usually not too pleasant either but I wouldn't call them nightmares more extremely irritating, negative. But I often remember them the day after which means I haven't really slept deep enough to be fully rested.
Varies a bit, but I average about 5 hours a night. That's usually over two sleep periods. I typically sleep for about 90 minutes to 3 hours at a time, a couple times a day. Sometimes I'll get more, like 4-5 hours. And every once in a while I'll sleep for 8 hours straight. But I can go months without a full night's sleep. I'm basically always exhausted. I also can't sleep in the dark. I either sleep during the day, or I sleep with the lights on. Otherwise I'll never get to sleep because my anxiety will keep me up.
The reason I usually only sleep for that long is because my nightmares usually wake me up. It's not unusual for me to be woken up more than once a day by a nightmare. My nightmares usually involve me being hunted by something -- demons (Satan, a few times), ghosts, cannibals, serial killers, totalitarian governments, zombies, giants, robots, aliens, bears, tigers, giant spiders, etc. Sometimes they're apocalyptic and involve tornados, floods, electrical storms, etc. Sometimes they're horrible diseases involving my body rotting or falling apart on me. I'm often injured, mutilated, dismembered, or killed in my dreams. And unlike some people, I find none of it entertaining.
Not all of my dreams are bad. Some of them are just weird. Or they're upsetting, but not frightening. Like getting into arguments with my parents or someone I care about dying. I very, very rarely have nice dreams. Maybe a couple a year. If I never had to sleep, my life would be dramatically improved. As it is, I'm tired all the time because I can't stay asleep long enough to feel rested.