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Nightmares from a book?

inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Posts: 2,954Registered Users
Okay, have you ever gotten nightmares from reading a book? I downloaded a free book on my Kindle called "Due Date". It's all about this college student being a surrogate for this couple. All this weird stuff is going on with the couple...never home, gate is always locked...they just show up weird times... They claim the girl before her kept the baby. Anyway, nothing but suspense through the whole book...but I started having nightmares after starting to read the book...3 days of reading...3 nights of nightmares...one after another. People chasing me, me fighting people, my kids getting hurt... I finally figured out maybe it's the book. Stopped reading and nightmares faded. Strange? Weird? I really don't ever remember having done this before.

Please let me know if I'm normal. LOL! If you have done this...do you remember what book? ...this way I can avoid that book too. :)

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  • TRBLTRBL Posts: 5,289Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Not nightmares per se, but sometimes reading does cause me to dream weird things. Usually related to the story. It depends on how emotionally involved in the story I get. Sometimes I just know it's going to happen as I lay my head down (self fulfilling prophecy). Also happens more oftern if I'm reading right up until I go to sleep.
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  • CurlyminxCurlyminx Posts: 5,581Registered Users
    I used to have nightmares after reading Stephen King's It. I was in the 6th grade and I would put the Disney channel on and watch Dumbo's Circus (it was on back then in the early morning hours) until I felt comfortable enough to sleep.

    There was also another book. I think it was called Party Line. Another book I read as a kid.
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    I would say that is perfectly normal. I have had dreams after movies, television, video games, songs and books (and most my dreams are weird anyway). They are all things that stimulate the mind. I often put together a mental picture of events as I am reading them, and that has caused several dreams. I spent many nights flying around with Eric Northman after reading the first books in the Sookie Stackhouse Series, and in between the first and second season of the show. The television characters were in my mind, doing things from the books. I loved it. You're mind is meant to explore at times when your body rests, and often it recalls your activities just before bed.
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  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 8,660Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I haven't had nightmares from a book, but I've read some that have kept me up at night. I had a nightmare last night that I think was related to TNB's post about the 7 year old boy. It involved my 9 year old grandson.
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  • adorame06adorame06 Posts: 572Registered Users
    In 1997 when I was on hospital bed rest for preterm labor my roommates husband brought me in books to read. One book I chose was called House of Thunder by Dean Koontz and it gave me nightmares! The mane character wakes up in a hospital and has little memory of her life she has strange things happaning to her, it was crazy! And heres me being over 100 miles from my husband and 3 other children in a hospital not being allowed out of my bed sure didnt help my imagination to get the best of me! I was to the point I was afraid to sleep. It wasn't till I got almost done with the book and you find out whats really going on that I finally stopped being paranoid and could get decent sleep again.

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  • curlytwirlykatecurlytwirlykate Posts: 142Registered Users
    Okay, have you ever gotten nightmares from reading a book? I downloaded a free book on my Kindle called "Due Date". It's all about this college student being a surrogate for this couple. All this weird stuff is going on with the couple...never home, gate is always locked...they just show up weird times... They claim the girl before her kept the baby. Anyway, nothing but suspense through the whole book...but I started having nightmares after starting to read the book...3 days of reading...3 nights of nightmares...one after another. People chasing me, me fighting people, my kids getting hurt... I finally figured out maybe it's the book. Stopped reading and nightmares faded. Strange? Weird? I really don't ever remember having done this before.

    Please let me know if I'm normal. LOL! If you have done this...do you remember what book? ...this way I can avoid that book too. :)

    Nothing gives me wacky dreams like books! It doesn't even have anything to do with the content of the book, either. But reading sparks the imagination like nothing else! It makes sense that your mind processes books differently than it does daily life :)
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    Anything that affects you emotionally can give you nightmares.
    Curlyminx wrote: »
    I used to have nightmares after reading Stephen King's It. I was in the 6th grade and I would put the Disney channel on and watch Dumbo's Circus (it was on back then in the early morning hours) until I felt comfortable enough to sleep.

    There was also another book. I think it was called Party Line. Another book I read as a kid.
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    We were just talking about It at work today! Weird... That book was creepy. The movie, creepier... My coworker saw it when she was little and she couldn't go to pee alone for I think years afterward.
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I read primarily murder mysteries, detective novels and thrillers. I also read a lot of true crime stories about serial killers and the like. I learned a long time ago that books with child victims will almost always give me nightmares. I never read them anymore.
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  • gagirl09gagirl09 Posts: 2,316Registered Users
    Watching tv until late at night and eating a heavy meal late at night sometimes has given me weird dreams. I can't recall if a book ever has.
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    Lotsawaves wrote: »
    I haven't had nightmares from a book, but I've read some that have kept me up at night. I had a nightmare last night that I think was related to TNB's post about the 7 year old boy. It involved my 9 year old grandson.
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  • papayahedpapayahed Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    I like to read before bed and often times I've had dreams related to the stories. After several nightmares (Shalimar the Clown stands out as one) I try to keep my nighttime reading on the lighter side and keep the horror stories for during the day.
  • ConverseInkConverseInk Posts: 30Registered Users
    It's important to note that the brain never sleeps. Complete shut down of the brain means you're dead, so it is always working. The brain notices everything, but it chooses the important things to bring your attention to. For example, you don't normally notice your clothes, but the skin feels it and sends these messages to the brain, which the brain chooses to ignore. However, if you have an itch your brain lets you know.

    Dreams are often the brain eliminating all the information it takes in each day. Separating the important from the unimportant and excreting the waste. Sometimes this information gets jumbled and causes strange or fantastical dreams. I've had dreams entirely in Spanish and French and one that was subtitled.

    You aren't weird. Everyone dreams, some aren't as memorable as others and of course the nightmares are the worst, but they mostly stem.from your daily stimuli along with a healthy overactive imagination.

    I normally have nightmares when I do "see" a dream and they used to rattle me. I've learned to tell myself that it's just a dream and not real and be able to fall back asleep. If that doesn't work for you, try not reading so close to bedtime or stay away from the scary books or watch something light hearted on TV. Usually the last helps me.

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