October 9, 2010

Dreams October 8

So even though everyone dreams, just not everyone remembers their dreams, I think the fact that I watch T.V. to go to sleep helps me have vivid dreams. I'm going to tell you my dreams from last night. But first... 10 interesting facts about dreaming! (from

1. Blind people dream.
 Although they don't have images in their dreams, they do use senses such as sound, smell, touch, and     emotion.
2. You forget 90% of your dream
Within five minutes, half of your dream is forgotten. Within 10 minutes, 90% is gone. Robert Louis Stevenson came up with the story of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde while he was dreaming. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was also the brainchild of a dream.

3. Everyone dreams (except extreme cases of psychological disorders)
Men tend to dream about other men while women dream equally about men and women.
4. Dreams prevent psychosis.
In a recent sleep study, students were wakened at the beginning of each dream but still allowed 8 hours of sleep. All experienced difficulty in concentration, irritability, hallucinations, and signs of psychosis after only 3 days.When finally allowed their REM sleep the student’s brains made up for lost time by greatly increasing the percentage of sleep spent in the REM stage.
5. We only dream of what we know.
Our dreams are full of strangers that play out certain parts. Our brain never makes them up! We have seen hundreds of thousands of faces in our lives so the evil killer in your dream could easily have been the janitor at the gas station you stopped at in Reno that one time.
6. Not everyone dreams in color.
12% dream exclusively in black and white. People also tend to have common themes in dreams, which are situations relating to school, being chased, running slowly/in place, sexual experiences, falling, arriving too late, a person now alive being dead, teeth falling out, flying, failing an examination, or a car accident. It is unknown whether the impact of a dream relating to violence or death is more emotionally charged for a person who dreams in color than one who dreams in black and white.
7. Dreams are not about what they are about.
It is deeply symbolic.Your unconscious mind tries to compare your dream to something else.
8. Quitters have more vivid dreams.
Those who have quite smoking reported to have more vivid dreams than before they quit. 33% of those who quit have reported dreaming of smoking at least once.
9. External stimuli invade our dreams.
This is called dream incorporation and most have experienced this. We take a sound that is happening in real life and make it a different sound that applies to our dreams.
10. We are paralyzed while we sleep
This is to prevent us from acting out the dream. Glands send out a hormone that induces sleep while neurons send signals to the spinal cord which cause the body to relax and later become essentially paralyzed.
Dream 1
Okay in the first dream I was in this auditorium. Everyone was in chairs facing forward but no one was on stage talking. Eventually I turn to someone on my right and say I need to go to the bathroom. When I come back, I realize it is a dream. So I start running to boys and start kissing them. * One boy turned me down. The audience was going crazy. They were wondering why I was running around and kissing everyone. I exclaimed "It is a dream! It doesn't matter! You can do what you want!!" Just then, people were running around taking their clothes off and lighting my hair on fire. While I was smooching with this one boy, he kept kissing me in three. (Muah Muah Muah).

In my dream I was being waken up by my mother and a little girl that  looks just like me.** The little girl was saying, "Chelsea! up! Chelsea up! Chelsea up!" Both the little girl and my mother were ridiculously cheerful and were telling me that I was late for school. When I asked them what time it was, they replied 8:32. I panicked and told them that school starts at 8!

Well when I get to school, I'm in high school again, all of the teachers are like the characters in Coraline. If you haven't seen Coraline it is directed by Tim Burton. That should tell you enough about how weird it is. Basically all of the teachers are very sweet. But sweet in the way of they are offering candy to children on the side of the road to entice them to come into their car. Nothing else happened at school except that my classroom looked like my room back home.

* I constantly have dreams where I am cheating on my boyfriend. One time it was with a guy who looks like a combination between Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias. I'm still trying to figure that one out.

**I guess this counts as a second dream but it transitioned into this one so I'm just going to keep it with the first one.

Dream 2
In my Child Development class, in real life, we are doing a group presentation over different subjects (obviously on child development). My partner and I are doing one over Preschool Development.

In my dream, instead of giving our presentation in front of the class, my professor decides it would be a good idea to present it to Mike Leech*. The room we were staying in was like a big version of my grandma's living room. Our groups are split up-- one girl goes to Group A and another goes to Group B. Each girl in the group presents her topic while Mike Leech asks questions. The group that gives the best presentation wins. Mike Leech is on this big screen. My group goes first. Naturally, I go first in my group because it is my dream. So I bring up my first topic, he asks me questions and I answers. We were about to go on but the screen went blank and so he wanted me to repeat my first topic, I guess this is being timed. I threw my first topic notes away and for some reason couldn't remember what I was talking about. My group tried to help me remember but I guess they couldn't because they brought up the topic of Christmas lights. They gave us sometime to get our thoughts together. The room we were in had bookcases of books that were half the size of me. My group kept making me go back and forth, grabbing those giant books for them. One book was about Michael Jordan. I woke up before we could get back to presenting.

*Why am I dreaming about Mike Leech? In my dream he sounded like Cotton Hill.

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