Sugar: Day Four - So Many Dreams!

More Good Sleep!

I slept well again last night and one thing I've noticed, that I'm pretty sure isn't a fluke, is that I'm dreaming a LOT. So much so that when I wake up, I think maybe I didn't sleep that well, because it seems like I moved around a lot. But according to the FitBit report, I'm hardly moving. All of my movement must be in my dreams! 

Unfortunately I dreamt that I dropped my purse, and my phone, in a big puddle of water. Then I forgot about it for fifteen minutes or so. You know, like you do in dreams. But luckily, in my dream, the phone still worked and the battery was dry when I took it out. Now that I think about it, though, the battery doesn't come out of my current phone. If I were still into interpreting my dreams, I'd consider the dry battery to be a good sign.

Nightmares

When I was a kid, and actually all the way through college and beyond, I was plagued by nightmares. I didn't want to remember my dreams, and sometimes they were so scary I'd try to stay awake for the rest of the night to avoid any more dreaming. Then a counselor taught me a technique that worked.

More annoyance than nightmare, this cat has taken up residence on our toilet and doesn't want to be moved. He's been there the last few days, regardless of whether the seat is up or down. Cats are weird. 

More annoyance than nightmare, this cat has taken up residence on our toilet and doesn't want to be moved. He's been there the last few days, regardless of whether the seat is up or down. Cats are weird. 

She told me to relive my dream (in memory) during the day, and imagine myself doing different things. For example, instead of running from the zombies, I fought them. Instead of trying to get away from the snakes, I tried to get comfortable. If you've ever had nightmares, you can probably imagine how difficult reliving them was, especially the part where you find something different to do. 

But it worked! I can't remember the last time I had a nightmare. The few times I've had them since, it's been a complete surprise. 

I had already tried other things to stop the nightmares. First I worked on remembering my dreams by writing them down in a journal first thing every morning. That did enable me to remember them, but didn't help the content. Then I tried lucid dreaming, which didn't work very well and had no effect on what I dreamt about. And, of course, I tried interpreting my dreams, which was interesting, but, again, had no effect on my nightmares. 

If you have nightmares, or know someone who does, definitely try the reliving technique to stop them. It worked for me, and I thought nothing ever would. 

Sugar Update

I broke down and ate a Honeycrisp apple. It had 22 grams of sugar. Sad face. 

But I wasn't all that sorry about it, because it was great! If you don't know about Honeycrisp apples, you should buy the next one you see; they have the perfect blend of sweet and crispy (as the name implies).

And it wasn't the carrot cake cookie I really, really wanted. 

Total sugar grams ingested yesterday: 30

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Week Four: Dietary - No Sugar

  1. Day One
  2. Day Two
  3. Day Three
  4. Day Four
  5. Day Five
  6. Day Six
  7. Day Seven