This is number eleven of the top 30 reasons for why normal people should not date a superhero(ine). Remember supers! This is all in good fun, BUT if you see yourself in these reasons you should consider altering your behavior in order to keep your beloved!
[In no particular order, except for number one because that’s my #1]
Note: This piece will be written using gender neutral pronouns (ze instead of he/she and hir instead of she/he and him/her) in order to make this non-heteronormative. I consider “bro” and “brah” gender neutral. I use them in my day to day life to refer to people of all gender identities.
So this reason sort of falls under three other reasons for not dating superhero(in)es – #24 & #30 (the Oops factor) and unresolved PTSD. Everyone has nightmares every now and then, you wake up disoriented and in a panic over whether or not you are naked walking down the street or you missed your alarm or someone died. The worst reaction I ever had after waking up from a nightmare was springing out of bed convinced I was late for my job and was halfway across the room planning contingencies when I realized that it was my day off.
Now try to imagine this for a superhero(ine). Ze wakes up disorientated and agitated, potentially still locked into reliving on of the worst moments of hir life. Ze could lash out and break something – furniture, wall, house, etc – or accidentally harm you.
Additionally, nightmares impede your ability and your significant others’ ability to sleep soundly through the night and therefore get enough sleep to stay sane. Studies have time and again proven how very important it is to have enough uninterrupted sleep in order to be sane. If your sleep is constantly interrupted by your significant others’ nightmares you are going to be irritable and on edge and your significant other is going to be irritable and on edge with SUPERPOWERS and and overblown sense of responsibility. But asking hir to sleep in another room just seems cruel and unnecessarily complicated, plus you have to have enough money to HAVE another room, which in big cities is hard to come by.
And even if they take sleep aids to help with the problem some of the side effects on those things are INSANE. People have been known to make pancakes while asleep on those things. Pancakes good, house burning down bad.