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Now Entering Dreamland, Season 2; Episode 4 | Nightmare Fuel and Haunted Places

Now Entering Dreamland is a podcast that centers around dreams, sleep and everything in between. Sit back and relax- you’re now entering Dreamland.

Season 2; Episode 4 features an interview with comedians Rosie Grant and James Jelin about stress dreams and nightmares. We also discuss haunted objects (like Robert the Doll), urban exploring, and the 90s.

Now Entering Dreamland, Season 2; Episode 3 | What’s It Like To Get Good Sleep?

Now Entering Dreamland is a podcast that centers around dreams, sleep and everything in between. Sit back and relax- you’re now entering Dreamland.

Season 2; Episode 3 features an interview with comedian Katie Watkins about sleep paralysis, sleep walking and sleep apnea.

Now Entering Dreamland, Season 2; Episode 2 | What Is Sleep Apnea & Acting Out My Dreams

Now Entering Dreamland is a podcast that centers around dreams, sleep and everything in between. Sit back and relax- you’re now entering Dreamland. 

In this episode I detail the symptoms of and read about sleep apnea*. I also give an update about my vivid dreams. Apparently I am acting out my dreams now. (fun!)

*Resources from Mayo Clinic and WebMD.

Read the article from Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631

Read the article from WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/sleep-apnea

Episode Transcript

Are you ready to wake up? You are Now Entering Dreamland.

Hi everyone! Welcome to Now Entering Dreamland: a podcast about dreams, sleep, and everything in between. Welcome back to those of you who have been to Dreamland before, we are happy to have you back. Welcome to those of you joining us in Dreamland for the first time.

It’s a Sunday, which is one of my favorite days of the week because I get to release a new episode of my podcast Now Entering Dreamland.

In this episode, I am going to talk about sleep apnea and also give an update about my vivid dreams and sleepwalking.

I realized the other day that in more than 20 podcast episodes I have never even mentioned sleep apnea. I don’t have sleep apnea, but it made me feel irresponsible that in a podcast about dreams and sleep I haven’t even mentioned it once. Please note: I am not a doctor or medical professional. I read and researched a lot of articles for this episode, particularly from Mayo Clinic and WebMD.

If you are like me, you have probably heard of sleep apnea but may not know anything about it. Here is what I’ve learned.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing during their sleep. This can occur sometimes hundreds of times during one night.

If you have sleep apnea, you may not be getting enough oxygen. You may also not get enough sleep, because your body stops breathing whenever you begin to fall into a deeper sleep.

There are two types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.

Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center.

Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, even children.

Symptoms: Snoring; Fatigue; Somnolence

If you are like me, you don’t know what somnolence means. So I defined it for you. Somnolence (drowsiness) is a state of the strong desire for sleep or sleeping for unusually long periods. It has distinct meanings and causes.

If you experience these symptoms, it might be time to talk to a medical professional and/ or doctor.

I also wanted to provide an update about my vivid dreams.

In the last episode, I reported that I have been having vivid dreams lately that are causing me or prompting me to sleepwalk.

I did something similar again last night. Because I am me, I immediately woke up and thought: “This would be great content for my podcast.” So I wrote down the dream content in my notebook. That was a good idea, too, because I quickly forgot about a lot of it.

The dream started where I was with my friend Ryan (he was on a previous podcast episode) in a shopping center. The shopping center looked familiar to me- I have had dreams about it before.

In the shopping center, there is a liquor store at the end, a toy store in the middle, and a department store at the other end.

I was walking with Ryan when he turned to me and said “You know where he is.” Awake Stacey has no clue who “he” is, but Dream Stacey seemed to know exactly what Ryan meant.

I walked away from the shopping center, down a hill. On the path from this hill is a cave structure. The cave has two entrances, one higher up than the other. I entered the cave through the higher-up entrance and walked through the cave. No one was in the cave. I exited the cave through the lower entrance/ exit. I was still on the path, just further on the hill.

In this dream, I “woke up” and I guess I thought I was really awake. But in my dream, I was in my childhood bedroom. My mouth hurt me. I went to the bathroom, and I saw my teeth on the left, upper side of my mouth were falling out of my mouth. I clutched my mouth. Then, out of curiosity, I lowered my hand and looked again. Another tooth fell out of my mouth. Then I clutched my mouth again.

That was when I woke up: for real. And my hand was still grabbing at the side of my face/ mouth. I was scared to look at myself. Of course, everything was normal. Except I had a red mark on my face. I must have really been grabbing my face.

So… this is still weird, right? I seem to be acting out parts of my dreams. I just want to know why, after 29 years, my body is doing this.

I also know that nightmares about teeth falling out are really common. I know this because I researched it for this podcast. These dreams symbolize feeling out of control in your life. Which doesn’t make sense to me because I feel in control. I think.

Have you had weird dreams lately? Let me know in the comments.

That’s it for this episode.

As always, I am planning to post new episodes on Sundays. Looking forward to continuing exploring dreams and sleep on this podcast.

You’re now leaving Dreamland. But we’ll see you next time.

Now Entering Dreamland, Season 2; Episode 1 (Season 2 Begins) | Is My Dream Causing Me To Sleepwalk?

Now Entering Dreamland is a podcast that centers around dreams, sleep and everything in between. Sit back and relax- you’re now entering Dreamland.

Season 2 begins! This episode we discuss a dream/ nightmare that has been causing me to sleepwalk.

Episode Transcript

Are you ready to wake up? You are Now Entering Dreamland.

Hi everyone! Welcome to Now Entering Dreamland: a podcast about dreams, sleep and everything in between. Welcome back to those of you who have been to Dreamland before, we are happy to have you back. Welcome to those of you joining us in Dreamland for the first time.

We have made it: this is the start of Season 2 of Now Entering Dreamland. I am glad to have made it this far with this podcast, that stemmed from a passion project about talking about dreams and sleep.

I had several ideas about how I wanted to start Season 2 of the podcast. I knew I wanted to continue interviewing people about their dreams. I wanted to continue having interesting conversations. And I wanted to continue diving into sleep and dream questions: like, what is the deal with dream analysis? Is this a real science?

Well, we will continue to look at all of those topics, and more, this season.

But we are starting this season a little differently. Because for the past two weeks, I have had a repeating dream. And the dream is… making me sleepwalk?

Let me explain.

I am calling this dream The Dream of Three Rooms. I’ve had it four times.

The dream starts where I am in a spacious room. Even though I know the room is spacious, I can sense it, it is cramped as well. There are a lot of people in the room. Faces are a blur.

The mood is lighthearted. I wander through the room with some difficulty, opening drawers, taking out objects. I am looking for something. At one point I leave the main party and walk down a hallway, feeling inspired. I know what I am going to find!

Well, because this is my mind at work- of course, I don’t get what I want.

I open a door and I am in a second room: a classroom. So this is not only a new room but a new space entirely. I am sitting at a desk like I am a student. There is a test in front of me, and I feel immediate panic. I am not prepared. I am staring at the paper and it is full of rows of mathematical equations. The panic turns to dread. I feel like I might cry.

And then I hear a voice behind me. The voice says: “Don’t cry. You’re wrong.”

I bolt up from the desk, and I walk to the classroom door and I open it. I open the door because I am afraid to turn around and see who is speaking to me.

And when I open the door I am in a new space. This is the third “room” and it is a glamorous hotel hallway, with plush red carpet and gold trim. At the end of the hallway is a slightly open room door, and very gold light can be seen inside. And at this point, I am scared. I feel like something, or someone, is behind me and I don’t want that person or thing to reach me. So I start to run towards the open door. But I can’t make it. Because every time I almost reach the door, I am jerked backward.

I never see the person or thing pulling me backward. I always wake up with a sudden jolt. And that is when things become weird (or weirder because things are already pretty weird with this) because every single time I wake up, I am standing upright and I am in my kitchen. This means that at some point during this dream, perhaps even the time of the dream when I am running, I am sleepwalking out of my room, down my hallway, and into my kitchen.

This is all strange to me. I have a lot of vivid dreams. And I sleepwalk a lot. But I don’t typically do the two things at once. When I was a kid, I remember having dreams in which I was stuck on a rotating circle. And occasionally after those dreams, I would have rotated in bed, so that my pillow would be opposite where I started sleeping at the beginning of the night. But that happened years ago.

And the dream component about school is odd, too. I haven’t been in formal education/ schooling in more than six years. So I am not sure why, now, I would start dreaming up test anxiety.

Does this mean anything? Do any dream experts want to try to analyze this for me?

For the start of Season 2 of Now Entering Dreamland, I wanted to start by talking about this dream. Hopefully, I can find some answers and report back by the end of this season.

As always, I am planning to post new episodes on Sundays. Looking forward to continuing exploring dreams and sleep on this podcast.

You’re now leaving Dreamland. But we’ll see you next time.

Now Entering Dreamland, Episode 22 | Lower Your (Sleep) Debt

Now Entering Dreamland is a podcast that centers around dreams, sleep and everything in between. Sit back and relax- you’re now entering Dreamland.

Episode 22 features information and tips for dealing with your sleep deficit, also known as a sleep debt. Some people have sleep deficits when they don’t get enough sleep over an extended period of time.

Some of the information gathered in this episode was compiled from Healthline.

The link to the Healthline article with additional resources is included here: https://www.healthline.com/health/dr/sleep-deprivation/sleep-debt

Now Entering Dreamland, Episode 21 | Storytime: My Worst Nightmare

Now Entering Dreamland is a podcast that centers around dreams, sleep and everything in between. Sit back and relax- you’re now entering Dreamland.

Episode 21 features tips a story about my worst nightmare and information about night sweats (ick).

Now Entering Dreamland, Episode 20 | An Insomniacs’ Cookbook or How To Deal With Insomnia

Now Entering Dreamland is a podcast that centers around dreams, sleep and everything in between. Sit back and relax- you’re now entering Dreamland.

Episode 20 features tips on how to deal with insomnia, a sleep disorder that includes problems with falling and staying asleep.

Now Entering Dreamland, Episode 19 | A [Night] Terror In The Family

Now Entering Dreamland is a podcast that centers around dreams, sleep and everything in between. Sit back and relax- you’re now entering Dreamland.

Episode 19 features a discussion about night terrors, also known as sleep terrors.*

*Information gathered from Mayo Clinic.

Now Entering Dreamland, Episode 18 | Total Dream Recall

Now Entering Dreamland is a podcast that centers around dreams, sleep and everything in between. Sit back and relax- you’re now entering Dreamland.

Episode 18 features an interview with comedian John Charles about dream diaries, tips to memorize dreams, and art.

Now Entering Dreamland, Episode 17 | Movies About Dreams, Nightmares & Sleep

Now Entering Dreamland is a podcast that centers around dreams, sleep and everything in between. Sit back and relax- you’re now entering Dreamland.

Episode 17 features a discussion about movies about dreams, nightmares & sleep. This episode contains spoilers and details about movies like Nightmare On Elmstreet (1984), Ghost Stories (2017) & Eyes Wide Shut (1999).