Vivid images flash; one more intense than the last. The heart rate increases; pounding out of the chest and bounding into the ears. Small droplets of moisture begin to form around the curves of the lips and between the breasts. Slowly at first and then more rapidly the mind begins to fire electric charges across its synapses allowing the brain to connect the sharp images to emotions. The final electric shock fires harshly across the gray matter and bolts its victim upright. Tears mixed with sweat burn the eyes and flow over the soft flesh of the cheeks until they reach the chin, dangling momentarily before falling onto the heaving chest mixing with the sweat gathered there. The surrounding air breezes across the deep rising and falling of the chest; a slight chill over the damp flesh as the sufferer begins to take in the surroundings. Slowly the eyes adjust to the darkness, making out the surrounding images. The poor wretch shudders as if to shake the images from both body and mind. Ever so slowly, the night terror dissipates, the heart rate lowers, the skin dries in the morning air. The respirations return to a slow and steady pace. All is calm. Or is it?
While nightmares of the Zombie Apocalypse or the Walking Dead may be easy to dismiss from the mind; not so of the nightmares of the “things” that could actually be or come true. It is the bump in the night of being jilted by a lover or experiencing the death of a child or even the fear of being involved in a devastating accident that linger into the day and disrupt the waking thoughts. It is those nightmares that can raise the heart and respiratory rate during the day that are not so easy to shake off. Yes, those are the worst.