First. How it began.
It's weird, but it started with septicemia several years ago.
I don't know how I contracted the septicemia. It gave me severe muscle spasms. But there was apparently also another symptom. I couldn't close my eyes without starting to dream. No daydreaming. Real dreams. Every time I closed my eyes I started to dream exensively. Each time a new dream started, a new story that I had totally no control over. My brain was racing. I couldn't stop it and it was terribly exhausting. I had to open my eyes again and then the dreaming stopped.
Often when you feel sick they say, sleep it off, but that just was not possible.
I was happy to feel better after a few days and was able to close my eyes and sleep.
It turns out that a small remnant of this symptom has remained.
When I'm very tired, and I am almost about to fall asleep, I first begin to dream, while I'm still awake, before I fall asleep or open my eyes again.
The Monopoly Card would say: Don't 'fall asleep', don't 'start REM sleep', go straight to 'dream' and then "fall asleep" or "open your eyes again".
Is my brain chemistry changed in any way?