Dreaming of Puzzles

Dreams of puzzling….

The oddest thing happened to me yesterday. I was taking one of my many mini naps throughout the day and started to dream about a puzzle I assembled quite a few months ago. I remember feeling frustrated about the fit, and annoyed with myself for placing a few of the pieces incorrectly, and was in the process of switching them to their proper positions when I was startled awake by a loud noise in the other room. I opened my eyes and realized that I was holding my hands as if I had puzzle pieces in them, and my hands were moving as if to switch the pieces.

This story is peculiar for several reasons. First, I’m not a person who remembers my dreams. I wake knowing that I had a dream, but can never remember what they’re about or what happens – even when startled awake. So to remember not only exactly which puzzle I was working on but also how I was feeling in the dream is extremely unusual. Secondly, acting out a dream is not something that has ever happened to me before that I can remember (and hubby says in the 31 years we’ve been married he’s never seen me do it). This is especially true with the medications I’m currently taking. With these meds when I do sleep I wake in exactly the same position as when I nodded off; once in the past week I fell asleep holding a tv remote and woke 7 hours later with it still in my hand.

So my puzzle friends, I’m wondering if that dream meant something. I don’t know that dream interpretation is something I put much stock in, but the fact that I was dreaming of a puzzle completed almost 6 months ago and acting it out seems quite bizarre to me.

Have you ever dreamed of working on a jigsaw puzzle? Have you ever mimed your dream while you were having it?

8 thoughts on “Dreaming of Puzzles

  1. Penny Weiss

    Interesting. This has happened to me once in my 45 years, and I have to say it freaked the bejezus out of me! Mine however had nothing to do with puzzles.

    I was living with a boyfriend I had right out of college, and I had a dream one night about a cat that was diabolical….as if it were inhabited by some murderous person and not just a michevious and naughy kitty. I dont recll much about what it was that was making the cat so evil, I just remember at one point I wrapped my hands around the cat’s neck and started to squeeze and squeeze hard. I was also making a very guttural nouse because I was putting all my effort into strangling the life out of this evil cat.

    I woke up literally making the same low, gutteral noise with both of my hands clasped tightly together! It freaked me out! I have never had an occasion to be so angry with any person…let alone an animal…to even contemplate wanting to hurt someone like that. So I have no idea where this came from or why.

    I was actually glad that I woke up and hadnt inadvertently grabbed my boyfriend’s neck in my nightmare as I honestly dont know how hard I could have been squeezing in real life.

    I dont have the pain meds as an excuse to why it happened so I dont really know what caused it. I just know it scared the crap outt me at the time.

    So be happy yours was just about puzzling. It could have been a lot worse!

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  2. I don’t remember ever dreaming about jigsaw puzzles, which is kind of strange in itself, considering how much time I spend on them. I once woke up from a fever dream where I was exhausted and walking through Rome (we were in Rome when I caught that flu), and my legs were moving when I woke up. Otherwise, I don’t know that I’ve ever acted out a dream. A friend of mine used to sleepwalk, and she once dreamt she was washing her clothes, and woke up to find some T-shirts in the toilet 😀

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    1. OMG! That would be quite frightening, to do that much out of bed while you’re asleep! Yikes!

      I thought the same thing, that puzzling is such a big part of my life that you’d think I’d have dreams about puzzles before. But since I don’t remember them, how would I know? 😉

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