Sometimes at night when I'm trying to go to sleep, really scary things will pop into my head. Things like zombies. And spiders. But if I automatically think about something else (for example, candy or the beach), I will DEFINITELY have a nightmare about the scary thing. I guess because my brain classifies it as a subconscious thought since it went away so quickly...? I have no idea. But it sucks.
To minimize nightmaring, I force myself to keep thinking about the scary thing until I've made sure there can't be any confusion about whether or not it was a conscious thought. So last night, I HAD to think about zombies for, like, a full 5 minutes. And a brain can do a lot of damage in 5 minutes. The Foliage was sleeping peacefully, and I was on the verge of a panic attack next to him. Heart-pounding, cold sweat, crazy anxiety. Just your regular old self-torture. But I didn't have a nightmare! So I guess I win? In the life of Ceej, it's really hard to tell.