Stress Dreams

I had a dream…

(This is not a hypothetical pep talk or political in nature by any means) *

I had an actual dream, the other night, a very stressful dream; I might add, “I don’t always remember my dreams”, but a few, I can see clearly in my minds eye, down to every detail, every person present…..

I was working a dialysis job, only, instead of a clinic with dialysis chairs, it was more like a church with pews, and many of my past patients I recognized were there, only, they were not all patients from one clinic. There were a few there from many of the locations I have previously worked at over the past eleven or so years, and the co-workers were mixed from past clinics also. It was odd. But the most stressful part about it is no one was helping me.

I had thirty (plus) people to start treatment, trying to keep to their scheduled times so that they all were not on late, I was going down the line of people sitting in these pews, placing needles and starting treatments to an invisible machine, and not having a computer or time to chart them, I scribbled notes down in random places as to their start time and vitals. It was crazy. All the while, I was having to call out to invisible co-workers that I really needed their help and no one would budge. I have not had a stressful work dream in a long time and this one took the cake.

As I woke up, I could feel my stress and anxiety build up. I laughed out loud and thought to check my own blood pressure.

Not surprisingly, it was high.

Who knows if it was the dream that caused the high blood pressure or the blood pressure that caused the dream? That is a good question. Chicken vs. egg type question, no??

Any “Doctors” or “Med” students reading this have an idea?!

Either way, no matter how many people I care for, I must always remember to care for myself. My health and my sanity has to come first so that I can be well enough to take care of those around me…..

Tell the World! Now!!


  1. There was a point when I consciously tried to remember my dreams, and my mood before I slept when I had such dream. Similarly, whenever i experienced bad dreams, or those which are not really pleasant, I was super stressed out when I went to bed. Right now, I try to be as relaxed as i could be before going to sleep. Doing breathing exercises, and trying to put myself in a really good mood. Maybe you could try this as well?

  2. I usually experience stress dreams when I am super tired. Yes, it’s true that we must take care of ourselves before taking care of others. Thanks for sharing your dream.

  3. This may sound weird but how do you know that what you are dreaming is a stress dream or not? For that matter how is it different from a normal dream?

    • Well I only thought that mainly because I was super stressed out when I woke up. Other dreams I have had gave me different feelings or thoughts when I wake up and remember them. I’m sure it’s different for everyone.

  4. Having stress dreams are normal especially if you’ve been into a lot of stress lately. However, having them regularly is a bad sign. Having proper stress relieving techniques should help us prevent from them.

  5. I can relate so much to this! I’ve been having so many stress dreams and maybe it’s because of my current thesis. I need to go out some more and have a breath of fresh air. You should too!

  6. That’s a very good point. You shouldn’t have to take your work back home with you especially in a medical field. I hope you have much more peaceful rests in the future.

  7. Job stress I guess, too many tasks or too things to do in short time. We try to do perfect and fitting, but sometimes the workload is so high that, we can’t cover everything. This may turn us to end-up as victim of guilt or bad. If that’s the case, then you should take it easy and take short breaks.

  8. Sometimes we get in a state of anxiety while dreaming. This might be a sign of any symptoms that one might be suffering but unaware of it.

  9. Yes, of course… It’s important to maintain health. Hmmm, talking about dreams – don’t know why, I never seem to have a dream… or maybe because I don’t remember it at all. So strange… 🙂

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