People who specialize in analyzing dreams, don't know shilt about what they're talking about. As you stated you returned to the dream every time after waking, experts say you can't do that, or at least that's what one expert told me. I've had recurring bad dreams since I was a kid, if I start on a subject early, it's with me all night. I wake up, go back to sleep, go right back to the dream right where I left off. I wake up, repeat all night. One thing that's pretty neat of late, I've been retired long enough sometimes when I'm having a bad equipment hauling dream, I think to myself in the dream, this isn't happening because I'm retired and too old to be here, then I settle right down. I used to dream about being knifed to death in a Dallas bus station, I dreamed the same dream so many times, I can't count them. I knew I was dying, I could feel the life running out of me. Then I'd wake up in a cold sweat. Snakes!?! I've had snakes in the house, the car, I missed the ones on the plane. I've been rolling down hill in a diesel, lost the breaks and plunged into a mile deep gorge that opens right before my eyes, I say a mile, I can't see the bottom it's so deep! Been shot, knifed, wrecked motorcycles (did that in real life too) fallen from heights, plane crashes, drowned at sea, and blown up, I know I haven't covered all of it, but that's just a few. Being ridden by the witch, sleep paralysis is the absolute worst. I had my first session of that when I was about eighteen years old, and had one last fall. Lots of them in between. You simply cannot breath. It's not sleep apnea it's something entirely different. Sometimes I dream I'm in outer space to explain whey I can't dream, sometimes I'm a diver and run out of air, I've been on mars in my dreams, I can tell you exactly what the atmosphere is like there. When you have one of those episodes you won't go back to sleep that night.