Nightmares are like earthquakes. They come without warning and leave you shaken. But it’s the aftershocks that cause the greatest anxiety. When does it end or will it just keep coming back?
Waking up after a bad nightmare is similar to waking up in the middle of an earthquake. Your eyes pop open, your heart is racing, and, if feasible, you jump out of bed. You’re awake, you’re alert, all systems go. A nightmare is like a brain betrayal. You thought you were going to get some rest, but not so fast. Boom. No rest for the weary.