Friday, December 29, 2006

Enough Already With the Damn Teeth

Yesterday I had a headache all day. The intensity varied, but the headache never went away. At one point I had to stop unloading the dishwasher and lie down because the associated nausea was so bad. So when I got ready for bed last night, I prepared for the situation: sinus pills and my lavender eye pillow within easy reach on the bedside table.

I don’t often remember my dreams. When I do, it usually means I’ve been sleeping poorly, which has been happening a lot lately. Last night was a good example, as sometimes the pain from the headaches can be bad enough to wake me from a sound slumber.

I dreamed that three of my back teeth from my upper left jaw dropped out in one fell swoop. The three teeth were attached to one another, like a little mini-denture. In the dream, I rinsed the teeth clean, then went to the dentist’s office, teeth in hand. I explained to the receptionist that I had a dental emergency. She proceeded to pull the dental emergency velvet cord that was hanging nearby.

Here things get fuzzy and I don’t remember any more details, but I woke up shortly after, with my head still throbbing. I took a sinus pill, and got out the eye pillow, and eventually drifted back into a light sleep.

Then I started dreaming again. In the second dream, I had just woken up from a dream where three of my teeth had fallen out. Naturally I went to a mirror to make sure it was just a dream. During the dream dental inspection, I was happy to discover all teeth were still in place. However, all was not well... I found two loose teeth, both wobbling and making that horrible grinding noise that teeth make right before they fall out.

I had one losing-my-teeth dream already earlier this month. I know this is a common dream, cross culturally. People everywhere dream about teeth falling out with horror. I'm sure it's just symptomatic of my stress about not finding a job, or spilled over holiday stress (the last of my numerous family Christmas celebrations was yesterday evening). But three times in such a short period? When I don’t ordinarily remember my dreams at all? It’s a little much for me. Someone else can have a turn.

Step right up, don't be shy. Free nightmares!


Nicole said...

Funny. I have teeth dreams too. Not good times.

Erin said...

Ha, ha. I have dreams almost nightly that I remember (being an extremely light sleeper always). The one last night was pleasant though; I was kissing Mat Cah...

OK, maybe you don't need all the details.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I used to dream about my teeth falling out all the time. I read somewhere what it supposedly means, besides general stress, but I forget. I haven't had any of those dreams in a long time, thank goodness, but I did have a weird dream about piles of dead turtles in various stages of decay that really upset me. WAHN! And lots of other vivid dreams as I've beem sleeping lightly lately. When my insomnia is really bad, I start dreaming while I'm awake.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I just checked on google and found many teeth falling out dream interpretations, none of which were the one I had previously read, but this one sounded interesting:

Teeth are used to bite, tear, chew and gnaw. In this regard, teeth represent power. And the loss of teeth in your dream may be from a sense of powerlessness. Are you lacking power in some current situation? Perhaps you are having difficulties expressing yourself or getting your point across. You feel frustrated when your voice is not being heard. You may be experiencing feelings of inferiority and a lack of self-confidence in some situation or relationship in your life. This dream is an indication that you need to be more assertive and believe in the value of your own opinion.

Not that I think you are experiencing feelings of inferiority, but possibly a sort of loss of power due to your job situation?

(Or maybe you want to bite someone, LOL, but won't allow yourself to!)