Asleep or awake?

IMG_0351Last night I dreamed I had insomnia, all night long. (Well, that’s not entirely true – I did have one dream in which I showed up somewhere wearing only half my clothing, but I think that’s for another post. I’m embarrassed even thinking about it.)

Anyhoo, I woke up wondering if I had actually had insomnia, or whether I, in fact, just dreamed about it. Was I waking up all night and, in a half-asleep stupor, ascribing my insomnia to a dream state? The details of the dream aren’t clear enough for me to separate the conscious from the unconscious. And I am a little groggy this morning, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary.

I may find out, later today, when an actual lack of sleep catches up with me and I doze off into my food over a planned lunch with a friend. Or fail to string any coherent words together when my kids arrive home from school. But, honestly, that’s not all that out of the ordinary either.

It’s not unlike some other early morning thoughts I’ve had, of the guilty variety. If you do something in a dream that you would not normally do, are you acting out a real impulse, or is it just, like many passing thoughts, completely impossible?

And if someone does something to you in a dream, are they guilty or innocent? I’ve started many days angry with my spouse or children for something they inflicted on me in a dream. I know that’s not rational, but it is what it is.

I can’t quite make this out, so I pose the question to you, readers: If you’re dreaming about insomnia are you awake or are you asleep?

This is a Daily Post writing prompt – ten minutes of writing, no more, no less. Which explains why it leaves a little something to be desired.

12 thoughts on “Asleep or awake?

  1. I don’t know. I’ve had dreams wherein I was sleeping and dreaming about something, which is like Inception-levels of crazy. I can actually remember, once I wake up, what I’d been dreaming about in the dream. I suppose that’s something similar to dreaming you’re suffering from insomnia, though I can’t say I’ve ever done that myself. I think if you’re consciously aware you’re dreaming, that means you’re asleep.


  2. Hmm…You’re kinda scary, you know that? As for whether you are awake or asleep, let me ask another question. Do you worry about having insomnia? If so, you were probably asleep. If not, you were probably awake. Just guessing, of course. Oh, and you’d better not order soup for lunch.


    1. Ooh, yes! I’ve always wanted to be a little scary. Actually, I never have insomnia, by which I mean never, ever. I sleep like the dead. So now that I think about it, how can I even be sure it was insomnia I was dreaming about? Maybe I was dreaming about dreaming about insomnia.


  3. I do this all the time. During my “awake” time, I assume things have been relayed to my husband and continue where we left off, only I told him in a dream, assuming I was awake and there’s a lot of confusion. He’s picked up on this though, and just smiles and nods until he hears my voice raise at the end of a sentence indicating a question. Good times.


        1. I usually write fast, but often edit quite relentlessly. Not this one, though. Also interesting to hold yourself to a certain number of words. Really makes you think about the necessity and value of every word in the piece!

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