I woke up a little before 9 this morning, took my ADD medicine, and went back to sleep, and woke up again a little before 10.
“Many people believe that hours worth of events and activities can be dreamed about in a matter of seconds. Despite this common belief about how we dream, time in dreams actually is not compressed. If you dream of an activity that would take five minutes in waking life, you probably dream about it for a full five minutes.
Dream and sleep researcher William Dement conducted two studies that demonstrated that dream time was similar to real time. Because dreamers’ eyes move under their eyelids very rapidly while they are dreaming, Dement was able to monitor sleepers and record the length of their dreams by observing their rapid eye movement.
After recording this information, Dement would wake dreamers and have them write down a description of their most recent dream. He assumed that longer dreams would take more words to describe than shorter ones.
When he compared the number of words in each dream report with the number of minutes the dream had occurred, he found that the longer the dream, the more words the dreamer used to describe it.
In another related experiment, Dement woke sleepers while they were dreaming and asked them how long they perceived their most recent dream had taken. Eighty-three percent of the time they perceived correctly whether their dreams had been going on for a long time or for a short time.
With these experiments, Dement concluded that time in dreams is nearly identical to time in waking life. So the next time in your dreams you slay a dragon or fly from your house to your workplace, the amount of time it seemed to take is probably just about how long it actually took to dream it.”
I dreamed for less than an hour, because it took me awhile to fall asleep again, but weeks passed in what I dreamed. So much happened in it, that I am not going to be thorough in logging what all happened in this post, because it would literally take me hours.
I guess scientist don’t understand dreams as much as they think they do. I mentioned this to my mom today, and she said maybe it’s inherited, as she dreams a lot too. She didn’t say anything about having long dreams, but she was in a rush, and maybe she does…
Let me preface the dream, by saying I’ve been watching a lot of Supernatural lately. Like every day for a couple weeks now. For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s a series about the two brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, who hunt monsters, ghosts, vampires, demons, evil angels and the supernatural in general.
In the dream, my brother Raleigh and I were basically Sam and Dean Winchester. Our personalities are surprisingly similar, me and Sam, and Raleigh and Dean. We are even somewhat similar in appearance, at least as regards hairstyles. Dean, the older brother, is very protective of Sam, and Raleigh, my younger brother, is very protective of me, just to give one example. I could give further examples, but I don’t want to exploit my brother’s personality.
We were hunting demons in some foreign country, and all hell broke loose, and we found ourselves, the hunters, being hunted by tons of demons.
We got separated, but I assumed Raleigh had escaped into a protected forest area in the middle of the city, that no one was allowed to go into.
After a long awhile, I found my way to the forested area, and jumped off a wall onto a branch in a tree beyond the wall into the forested enclosure.
I spent at least a week, searching for my brother in the forest area. It was a crazy weird forest, it was like the mystical island from the show Lost. All kinds of weird things.
I found a giant canvas set up on a giant painting easel, and the canvas was made of some thick plastic-like material, and was like a scroll, folded in loops over the back of it. It was all blank. It was so big though, and as the loops of it over the back of it didn’t touch the ground, I saw they could be used as makeshift hammocks. I slept in them a few nights. When I first found it, in one of them, I found a snake sleeping, so I definitely didn’t get in that one. One of the nights I slept in one of the loops, I was woken up by a snake crawling over me. Freaked me out, so I didn’t move. It slept on top of me for awhile, before slithering away. I decided after that, not to sleep there anymore.
There were also some other giant objects around the giant canvas/easel, like a giant, expensive-looking point-and-click camera that professional photographers use.
I mostly ate fruit I found from the trees. It was late summer-time.
I came across all kinds of weird things in the woods, that for the sake of time, I won’t get into.
Eventually I found an underground hatch-like shelter (like from Lost) that Raleigh had discovered some time ago, and had been living in while I had been sleeping in trees and with snakes… which pissed me off…
I don’t watch or support the porn industry, but he even had porn he had been watching down there, something Dean watches from time to time to the occasional irritation of Sam on Supernatural.
I was like,
“You’ve been down here watching porn all this time??? Why the hell haven’t you been looking for me? I’ve been looking everywhere for you!”
Raleigh shrugged, and said in typical Dean-fashion,
“What can I say Ryan, I got distracted. I knew you’d find me eventually, we’re safe here, the woods are hexed — demons can’t come in! You were safe! I thought camping out in the wild would be good for you — you know, build some character, you boyscout you!”
(I thought it was ironic he was talking about character-building, while he had been eating someone else’s food for days, and watching porn…)
I stayed in the hatch for a little while, recuperating from living out in the wild for like a week, and then we set out to try to find a way out of the forest, as there was a high wall and barbed-wire around most of it, based on what we had seen.
The dream ended with us finding a way out like a week or so later, at an area where there was just a short barbed-wire fence, like you see on farms… to keep cattle within grazing enclosures.
It was by far one of the most adventurous, exciting and interesting dreams I have ever had!