As a night shift worker, I sometimes have sleep problems so I get up and write. Writing can be done at any time. Writing clears my mind and brings a sense of accomplishment. One can write anything that their heart desires. So here I sit writing at midnight about something that happened which was rather alarming for a short time.
The day was overcast with no sun in sight as I drove to the bank, post office, and grocery store. After completing my chores, I returned home. I stuck a nice pot roast in the crock pot for dinner. I prepared myself some comfort food for a very late lunch. For desert I ate chocolate peanut butter ice cream. As normal, I started to feel drowsy. I laid down on the cot by my computer to rest a bit.
Suddenly, odd things started to happen with the computer. My face book screen was flipping. Then something even more unusual took place. Up popped different kinds of screens. One had my favorite movie on it. Another pop up stated I had just won a meat market. A cartoon character appeared on the screen dancing around. The speakers came on very loud. Heavy metal rock music started to blast through them. My printer started printing. Then it began banging. After all this confusion, face book totally bit the dust. None of the problems on the screen had any x out buttons. I just used my mouse and started clicking. The more I clicked, the more the computer went wild. There were dogs playing on one side of my screen. Then I received an email demanding that I publish a story. Another pop up had a picture of a big hairy thing sticking its tongue out at me. Having had enough of this nonsense, I tried to shut the computer down, but failed. “Oh my, I must have been hit by Trojan horses and hacked.”I thought to myself. I grabbed for the computer plug and disconnected it. The printer continued to print. The heavy medal continued to play. All the nutty stuff continued to invade my computer screen.
Suddenly I awakened. My dog was sitting on my stomach. My body was drenched in sweat. The cover from the cot was on the floor. The television had a crazy science fiction movie playing. I glanced at the clock which said 12 midnight. I looked over at my computer which was turned off. My broken printer was silent. What a drag! I had fallen asleep and had a NIGHTMARE!
According to wikipedia.org/wk./Nightmare, a nightmare can be caused by fear, stress or anxiety and psychological problems. Nightmares can also be caused by some foods that we eat before falling asleep. “That is it!” I thought to myself as I began to remember what I had eaten earlier.
My suggestion for the prevention of a nightmare and peaceful rest is; Don’t eat a chicken salad sandwich, cheddar and bacon potato skins, dill pickles, and peanut chocolate ice cream before laying down after a comfy food feast. If you have a hairy dog, make sure it has its own sleeping spot. Set your alarm clock in case you fall asleep since you may not want to mess up a good evening. Above all, be more reasonable about your eating habits than I was. Henry The Eighth I am NOT! Even though I love to write stories, I would prefer to eliminate the Nightmares while I continue to write at odd hours of the night.
Originally posted 2011-03-10 21:24:07.