The Free-Ride offspring have been enjoying their Spring Break visiting with the Grandparents Who Lurk But Seldom Comment. The night before they left, however, the younger Free-Ride offspring awoke in the wee hours because of a bad dream.
As we all know from the peer reviewed literature on the subject, the best treatment for that is to climb into bed with one’s mother, stealing all the covers as one falls back asleep.
Before all the covers were stolen, the younger Free-Ride offspring generated a list of questions for further research:
After I wake up from a bad dream, I’m afraid to fall asleep again because I’ll have that same bad dream again. How can you have the same dream if you’ve been awake in the middle? Is it like when you record a TV show and you can pause it but then start it again?
It feels like I’ve had some of my bad dreams before. Do people really have the same bad dreams over and over? How can you tell, when you’re in the dream, that it’s really a dream you had before?
Why can’t I remember what was happening in a dream, even if I just woke up from having it? How does my brain forget it so quickly?
If I don’t know I’m dreaming when I’m in the dream, how come I can wake up from it when it gets too scary? How can I wake up before it gets too scary?
Is there a way to go back to sleep after a bad dream and make sure I have a different dream that isn’t scary?