Instead, I opened my night stand drawer and pulled out one of my flashlights (yes, I have several. I'm scared of the dark....). I shined it on the lamp and saw that there wasn't a snake. For good measure I pulled the covers back on the bed to make sure there wasn't one at the foot of the bed either. Then I set my flashlight on the night stand, climbed back into bed, and tried to calm down enough to fall back asleep. Barry slept through the entire thing.
As I mentioned, my nightmares usually involve insects or spiders. I'll dream there are hundreds of cockroaches crawling down the wall towards the bed, or that there's a spider on my pillow or on my face. These dreams always end in me jumping out of bed with my heart racing and my body shaking. Sometimes I also feel the need to rip my pillow or the blankets off of the bed before I'm fully awake. Those are the times Barry usually gets woken up.
The crazy part is I'm not actually scared of snakes, spiders, or insects. I don't particularly care for them and usually try to avoid them, but I don't go running when I encounter one of them. Maybe I have some subconscious fear of them, or maybe my brain just likes to play mean jokes on me while I'm sleeping.
Do you have recurring dreams or nightmares?