The Daily Prompt from the Daily Post for February 26:
What is the best dream you’ve ever had? Recount it for us in all its ethereal glory. If no dream stands out in your memory, recount your worst nightmare. Leave no frightening detail out.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us IMAGINARY.
I’m one of those people who not only remembers my dreams, but I’m also annoying enough to tell you about them, in excruciating detail, over breakfast.
“. . . and then all my teeth started to fall out,” I’ll say to you while you’re waiting for your cup of coffee to cool enough to drink.
“And they felt like shards of broken glass in my mouth,” I’ll continue even though you’re not even listening anymore, you’re thinking about how your period is late and maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to hook up with Brad after all. Or else you’re thinking about how the dog’s breath has been smelling funny lately and you should make an appointment with the vet for her after work.
But there I am, my voice droning on, still detailing my dream to you as though I haven’t even noticed your eyes glazing over. Sometimes I’ll even add dramatic hand gestures to my story-telling, pantomiming the dream sequence.
“So I had to spit them out of my mouth and into my hand, one by one, like this.” I hold my hands before my mouth and make several loud “Ptooey!” noises.
“And then I held my hands out for everyone to see.” I hold out my palms to you. With only a slight hesitation, you lean forward to check to see if there are any teeth there. There are not. It was only a dream.
My husband is one of those people who never remembers his dreams.
“Not even the sex ones?” I asked.
“No, not even the sex ones, ” he said.
“Ok, well, then let me tell you about this sex dream I had last night . . .” Fortunately, this particular sex dream co-starred my husband (they don’t always).
Anyway, I’ve always assumed that people like my husband who don’t remember their dreams are rational and no-nonsense. Meanwhile, people who do remember their dreams like me are creative and maybe a little bit dippy.
Now along comes this study, “Resting Brain Activity Varies with Dream Recall Frequency Between Subjects,” that says that I’m all wrong. Dream recall has nothing to do with being creative! It’s merely a matter of how soundly one sleeps. From the Washington Post article on the research:
In general, dream recall is thought to require some amount of wakefulness during the night for the vision to be encoded in longer-term memory. But it is not known what causes some people to wake up more than others.
So people who wake up a lot at night have the opportunity to remember their dreams and store them in long term memory so they can recall them later, while people who sleep through until the alarm clock goes off never get that chance.
This makes perfect sense to me because I remember my dreams and I never sleep through the night! In fact, you may have noticed the odd time stamps on the comments I leave on your blog and you’ve been scratching your head wondering what time zone I live in. Is it Brunei Darussalam Time? How about Hawaii-Aleutian Daylight Time? No, it’s Eastern Standard Time and it really is 3am and I’m up reading your blog.
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9 thoughts on “It’s 3am, I Must Be Up Reading Your Blog”
I know when I remember particularly vivid dreams, I am going to be damned tired the next day, so I can attest to this fact. And now I’ll be listening to Rob Thomas and Matchbox Twenty the rest of the morning. Perchance to dream…
Yeah, the study really made a lot of sense to me because that’s been my experience. And “3AM” has been going through my head since I wrote this post (2 days ago now). Someone make it stop.
I rarely remember my dreams.
Of course, I try to keep my waking life as weird as possible, so they just might not compare…
You’re living the life other people only dream about! 😉
I do not know if you are quite right in the head, but I will blame it on the dreams… I dream not at all most nights, but some night I dream like my hair’s on fire. I’m sort of glad you’re up reading blogs, cause that’s what I would do too, if my kids ever let me sleep or wake up. I’m very confused…
Let’s get one thing straight here: I’m definitely not right in the head.
I’d like to blame my kids for my sleeping habits, but I was like this way before they came along.
Same way for me. My sleeping habits were atrocious before kids. They’re atrocious now, too, but in a different way.
Sadly, it’s really 3:36AM and I’m up. Even more sadly, I was dreaming about the mountains of boxes I have to unpack. Yes, a nightmare. Just a very, very boring one…
Ah, moving boxes. Don’t you have any colorful sheets of fabric you can drape over them, and just pretend they’re not there?
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