Nightmares about exams…


It’s been over 20 years since I finished my finals for my first degree, but this time of year never fails to affect my already terrible sleeping patterns. I’ve started waking up in the morning panicking about an exam, which I’ve forgotten to revise for. It takes a few minutes for me to realize there is no exam, so I’ve got nothing to worry about… 🙂

Like I said, this happens every year, but I think the fact I’m currently working for University has reinforced the panic in me. I sense a few more weeks of exam panic induced insomnia, before I settle back into my normal insomnia.



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6 thoughts on “Nightmares about exams…”

  1. Hey Tim,
    I felt bit relieved to know that I am not alone. It has been almost 20 years since I last appeared for an academic examination. However, it is one of my most common dream (or nightmare) till date. Every now and then, I tend to dream about a “situation” when I have to appear for an exam for which I have not prepared. I tend to get so engrossed in the dream that it just feels like a “panic attack”. Perspiration, waking up in the middle of night, mixing my “current life situations” with the “dream” are just some things that shake me from the core. I just hope that I won’t die someday (or should I say, some night) “dreaming” about exam.

  2. Yep, join the club. But I get them on and off all year round.

    It’s usually related to me not having read the necessary French literature for the entire year.

    Then after waking, what a relief to realise that I did actually graduate…

  3. @Narendra & @Dom:

    I believe this type of dream, along with the “going to school without your trousers” and “teeth falling out” dreams, are meant to symbolize a feeling of lack of control in your life.

    Mine seem to be seasonal, so I don’t think they are linked to anything except the scars of exam hysteria after spending too many years in education. 🙂



  4. I have had similar nightmares for 15 years since graduation … the funny part was that, while dreaming, I did realize that I had already graduated, and hence I always said to myself “oh no! Now I must find a way to cancel the exams in order to retake them” 😀

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