Word of the Day: Oneirodynia

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Oneirodynia [1][o·nei·ro·dyn·i·a (o-ni’ro-din’e-?)]



  1. Intense mental disturbance or distress associated with dreaming.

I don’t remember having a lot of bad dreams. In fact, now that I think about it, no nightmares stick out in my mind. That could possibly be due to me lacking a hippocampus but that hasn’t been proven so at this point, it’s just a theory I have.

Cara had some bad dreams when she was a bit smaller but a lot of times she would use, “I might have bad dreams!” as an excuse to not go to bed.

Ollie, on the other hand, has started having nightmares frequently–like three times a week–and though he’s only woken up once or twice, he still screams bloody murder and go racing in there.

When it first happened, I thought something had bitten him like a spider or other creepy-crawly but when I got in there, his eyes were squeezed shut and he was sound asleep.

Maybe his brain is just getting bigger and he’s experiencing new things at such a rate that this is his brain’s way of processing everything.

Whatever the cause, he’s not getting a good night’s sleep because of it.

I hope gets a full eight to ten hours of sleep really, really soon.

  1. [1]“oneirodynia.” The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Company. Feb. 2011