This cartoon by XKCD captures the essence of a majority of my anxiety dreams, aka nightmares. It's a recurrent one that I have, where I've forgotten either to complete a project or study for an exam, and it's almost always in a university course that I need in order to graduate. More often than not, this course is in History (called Social Studies in my dreams), or in English lit. And just like the cartoon character, I have to talk myself out of the dream and into rational reality.
Why exactly do we have anxiety dreams of this nature? What do they mean? I haven't found enough commonality between real life events and when I have these dreams to be able to form a theory or correlate the dream with something happening in my life.
Regardless, I always wake up from these with a cold sweat and a racing pulse, and it takes a bit for me to calm down and return to slumber, if at all.
Any thoughts on the meaning? I'd love to hear your interpretations! ;)