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Topics: Sleep, Fear, Thought Pages: 2 (834 words) Published: August 23, 2013
Nightmares: A Sick And Twisted Mind, Or A Terror Within?

Submitted by: Christina Le Breton, ENGL353, Athabasca University Submitted to: Sonia Atwal, ENGL353, Athabasca University

Submitted: March 7, 2013
Nightmares: A sick and twisted mind, or a terror within?

I woke up with a start again last night; the same terrifying nightmare that has plagued me since I was four found it’s way back into my mind. The half skeletal form of a shark in a vat of acid was attempting to eat me. My heart races, I scream out, terrified. Looking all around me, I see no way out. I’m trapped in this dark, damp concrete basement somewhere in my sub-consciousness. The sides of the walls are lined in a glowing red light and that’s it- I’m trapped. Where do I go from here? Do I take my chances with the shark or desperately search the walls and floor for a way out? I can hear the chomping of the powerful jaws from the shark and the splashing and eroding of the acid on metal railings surrounding the tank. I look at this creature from hell as it slowly starts slapping its half eroded body towards me out of the tank, snapping its jaws and stretching for the kill. Just when I think this is my last moment, I wake up with a jolt. My heart pounding while I gasp for air. At this moment, I wonder, “What is wrong with me? Why on earth do I keep having these dreams? Am I experiencing a sick and twisted mind, or am I sincerely terrified of being attacked by skeletal sharks? To this day I’ve yet to see an eroded shark try to kill anyone, so what is the problem? What exactly festers in my mind? Is it from negative experiences in my upbringing? Social conversations I overhear? Stress?” Perhaps the darkness of my mind comes out to play only whilst I slumber.

Half-eroded sharks are not my only dreams sadly. I tend to experience many aspects of fear in my sleep, and they become worse after hearing a terrible story on the news or seeing an image that is far too graphic....
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