Monday, January 14, 2008

To sleep, perchance to dream

I'm still sleeping quite a bit - today, I got up at 3pm after attempts to get up at 10am, 11am, 12noon, and 2pm. I guess I just need all of that sleep.

I have to say, though, that sleeping that much isn't all bad because when I sleep that long I have really great dreams. They're the kinds of epic dreams that go on and on and on and on - it feels like they go on for hours or days. Some of them have scary situations but most aren't that bad.

A lot of the time it's like I'm living this other life - that I'm someone completely different - and I'm just going along and living. It's like reading a book or watching a movie, in a way, except that it feels more real because dream-me is doing things and the things are happening to dream-me. The storyline of these epic dreams seems to be fairly logical and people react mostly normally. The only thing that is really odd or dreamlike are the buildings and landscapes, and they're only odd because I haven't seen them before :)

The dream-emotions do tend to be very strong, as do some of the visuals. Some of those emotions and places can sort of carry over into the next day and that can be very weird.

I think I have a better understanding now of how Coleridge could have dreamed up Kubla Khan :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have similar dreams. Mine are caused by meds that I take. Sometimes, I'm someone really strange - like a soldier in a 17th century war.

Last night, I was a fictional South American man who nearly died from an attempted suicide bomb detonated in the fight against class system. He (I), along with the protester, had to lie there for several days before help arrived, during which time there was significant decay in my extremities.

Jeepers. Anyway, meds that increase serotonin production and delay reuptake can produce strange dreams.