|08-21-2007, 02:44 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Nicotine Patch and Vivid Dreams
I have a tendency to not remember my dreams. But I wanted to share this experience because it was so cool.
A few years ago I was trying to quit smoking (I have since quit successfully). I was wearing a nicotine patch and I was also working third shift at the time. It was my day off, but I was trying to stay awake in order to maintain a third shift sleep schedule. So I was really tired and it was the middle of the night and I was drinking lots of caffeine.
Despite the caffeine, I fell asleep on the couch. Now, because I was wearing the nicotine patch, and because I was drinking caffeine, I had an incredibly vivid dream.
Now, this might have been coincidental, but in the dream, I decided to test whether or not if I was dreaming. I have never before (or since) had any lucidity in my dreams--I hardly ever remember my dreams at all. So I was doing a test to see if I was dreaming or not by trying to manipulate the dream. I determined that I was not dreaming. Could not possibly be dreaming.
Then, of course, I woke up. I was sweating quite a bit. Never experienced anything like it since. And now I have seen others complain about "vivid dreams" while wearing the nicotine patch. But I thought it was pretty cool.
(Not that I recommend that anyone run out and try the nicotine patch)
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