I rarely see nightmares I believe nothing can hurt me, that I'm safe. But there are times when there are these certain kind of nightmares that often continue for the whole of night, leaving me feel tired in the morning. Since the 'myself' in the dreamworld isn't quite as confident or 'fire in the hole!' -type but rather innocent and easily afraid, I may wake my heart racing with lingering fear. The thing about these dreams is that they're very vivid and real-life and seem to take the place in seemingly ordinary and everyday environment (with a slight twists and changes to the environment).
On last night for example, I remember the most clearly dreaming of brushing my teeth in the restroom, having locked the door. At some point, I could just watch as someone unlocked the door from the other side and opened the door. I remember a man standing there, his face blurry in dark clothes. I forced myself to wake when he approached me (I remember the most realistic, absolutely terrible feeling, as if something was groping my insides). The same theme of dream repeated for the whole of night. Everything in dream would be placed in my home (or houses I've lived in), and I'd feel afraid. A single shadow-being would then appear out of nowhere and "attack me", and the "groping my insides" of feeling would follow.
These kind of nightmares are just bizarre. Because they don't follow any specific outline. Sometimes these beings are just formless shadows, sometimes figures of a man (black), last night once it looked like human, sometimes in form of a black cat, perhaps even a dog. Seemingly normal and ordinary dream would suddenly become the most horrifying horror-movie, the next thing I know, the dream has gained "dark vibes" all over it and I realize that somewhere there's something lurking in the fray, and I try to get away but the 'groping insides' type of feeling follows.
I'd like to know whether anyone else has experienced anything like this?
Any thoughts on what may cause these or what to do about them? If it were happening in waking life, I'd force them out with my willpower alone, but when sleeping, I'm left vulnerable.
updated by @jonathan: 01/10/17 09:44:52AM