I woke up signing in my sleep. I'd woken a bit earlier over-heated from having closed the bedroom door, and having gotten up I took some ibuprofen for pain. Then I went back to bed and woke again after awhile realizing I was repetitively signing "cat" against my face.
can distinctly remember that I was signing to my Ravelry friend
Barleystonks, with whom I have been practicing my ASL. I was trying to
articulate that I did not currently have any cats, just stuffed animals.
I had signed "cat" repeatedly, and was specifying brand name as I
learned in class on Thursday, by finger spelling Sanrio, Hello Kitty,
and Chococat. I remember grabbing at stuffies on my bed in a half-wake
dream and gesturing to them before signing which they were, and I woke
as shooting pain went through my left shoulder.
As it turns out
sleep-signing is not the worst thing I could be doing. I accidentally
partially dislocated my left shoulder the other night in my sleep
through normal sleep movement and didn't quite realize why I was in such
pain until after a full shift of work and and having a study session
with a classmate. I ended up having to carefully work it back into
socket by rolling on the floor and massaging the shoulder while trying
to shift it back into place.
Pro-tip. Dislocations hurt and tend
to swell angrily once you have "fixed" them. Also I tend to be more
prone to injury in the same place after this happens once or twice. My
beloved sister Faythe has similar joint issues and has dislocated limbs
in her sleep as well. I am a violent sleeper and I need help. x_x