Sleep is so mysterious to me. I realize that this is no news flash, but I have found that the amount and quality of my sleep is deeply entwined with both my productivity and my mood.
Without enough sleep, I become prone to depression and excessive worry. Those little hills I face at work begin to look like insurmountable mountains. I can’t tell you the times I have come home from work worried to death about how I was going to deal with an upcoming problem. After a good night’s sleep, not only was I refreshed and re-energized to tackle it, but often I have new, good ideas about the situation; it’s as if my brain was working on things while I was asleep. I believe that is exactly what happens, so often do I have this experience.
In looking through some of the on-line sources about sleep I find that one of the major points made is that sleep is not idle time. There is some suspension of sense, and it is restorative and restful. Studies show that sleep allows your physical body to rejuvenate: wounds heal more quickly with good sleep, for instance. And, without doubt, during sleep my brain works. I know it not only because of that problem-solving I mentioned above but because sometimes I am deprived of a good night’s sleep because my brain is in overdrive about work. This is one aspect of sleep I have not learned to control.
But, now, for the real reason for writing this post. I am nosy about you.
One of my greatest pleasures of sleeping is dreaming. I do not remember my dreams after every night and, in fact, I don’t think I remember my dreams nearly as often as other people seem to. I find in my reading that all of us dream every time we sleep, whether we recall it or not.
What I loving about my dreams is changing and directing them. I hear people all the time saying that they had a “bad dream” and woke up disturbed. I have had that happen a time or two, but not many. Instead, I just change the direction of the dream if I don’t like what’s happening. Frequently I have the experience of dreaming and consciously saying to myself, “No, I don’t like this; I’m going to dream about this in this way…”
I also sometimes choose topics to dream about—my current favorite involves having lots of money…there, you have it: I’m materialistic.
My question: Do you do this? Do you seem to have control over your dreams? And do you choose the topics of your dreams?
Some of my friends seem to think this is strange. I did a quick little Google on this to find that it is something called “lucid dreaming,” and that people are urged to “learn” to do this by practicing it. It also seems to be associated with new-age mumbo-jumbos like astral projection and teleporting, which I hasten to add has not been among my sleep experiences, although I might like a few trips to Europe and other places during the night…
It appears, that dream control is possible for us all. But I can’t remember a time when I could not control my dreams…do you do this? Am I weird? - C