Of course part of what might have contributed to my waking so well, so early today might have been the nightmare I had. And having it reminded me of several similary themed dreams I've had of late. Very gory visceral stuff, that for some reason doesn't actually instill a fear effect in me, so I'm not fully comfortable calling them nightmares.
The weirdest thing is that I can't come up with anything I've done or seen recently that would cause this to start happening. I haven't been watching any particuarly gory movies lately or even playing scary games. I wonder if there's something weird going on in my subconscious, but that just scares me about what's in store for me as it surfaces to my conscious. But then again I've never been a huge fan of the dream-interpretation part of psychology so I figure it's just an oddity that will go away in a bit.