May 1, 2005

I had the most boring dream!

I was napping on the sofa, and I dreamed I was napping on a different sofa and trying very hard to wake up. Then I woke up.

20 comments:

TigerHawk said...

Does that make this the most boring blog post? :)

Ron said...

Submitted for your approval --

One Ann Althouse -- dreaming the dream of dreaming -- is she truly awake now?

In The Twilight Zone



Ron Serling!

RK said...

It is no coincidence that you are reading this; go to:

http://whowilldietoday.blogspot.com/

Ann Althouse said...

RonK: what's with the decimals?

Ron: Good point.

Tigerhawk: The most boring blog posts are long and try to explain things.

Drethelin said...

Atleast it wasn't one of those almost real dreams. I've had dreams where I've dreamt that I woke up and went to school, and all sorts of things happened. Those are particularly disappointing, because not only did they not happen, now you need to wake up and go to school.

Ron said...

I've had a dream where I was making a film of a whole bunch of past dreams that I had...So I was acting out the parts I played in those dreams when the director yelled, "Cut!", and we moved on to the next scene...


Someday I hope to be reading about the domestic grosses of my dreams...


Ann: excellent point about boring blog posts! "Show, don't tell."

TigerHawk said...

Ann,

Well. You got me there, for I am King of the long explanatory blog posts.

Mark Daniels said...

During my Sunday afternoon nap today, I dreamed that I was driving around the neighborhood in which I grew up, but in my current vehicle. Someone had covered the area with all sorts of intertwining expressways but had neglected to leave sufficent clearance on one lane on which I was trying to drive. I scraped the passenger side door and knocked off the rear view mirror when I hit a concrete pillar while negotiating an underpass.

I was glad to wake up and realize that my van was fine.

All in all, I think I prefer your boring dream to mine.

Pancho said...

Dreams boring? Not at all...although that was sure an abbreviated one. I think that most of the time dreams are the brains way of sorting out and dumping useless information....much like a computer cache dump. While sorting through what is useless the data is organized into some sort of story [the dream] to make some sense out of all that neural activity.

My first Blog, started in 2001, was a journal of my dreams. I finally gave up posting there as I was afraid anyone who saw it would think that I am a bizarre whacko, which is quite possibly true, as you might notice from the final post....Naked people on the lawn

Callimachus said...

I sometimes dream that I'm at work, at my job, and it's just like it really is. I wake up and I feel cheated. Like I should put in for overtime. But how do you quantify dream-time? Do dreams spool out in real time, or do they happen in an instant, no matter how long they seem to last?

VietPundit said...

Callimachus:

"Do dreams spool out in real time, or do they happen in an instant, no matter how long they seem to last?"

I've often wondered that myself. Any answers out there?

headzero said...

http://www.apsa.org/pubinfo/remqa.htm

Of people awakened during REM sleep, as many as 70-95% of them report dreams in contrast to 5-10% of awakenings during non-REM sleep. This led neuroscientists (particularly Hobson and McCarley) to assume that REM and dreaming are synonymous and that dreams are meaningless conscious images triggered by signals sent by the brain stem.

http://www.dreamviews.com/sleepstages.php?sid=

One complete sleep cycle lasts about 90 to 100 minutes; therefore during an average sleep period a person will experience 4 to 5 complete sleep cycles. The sleep cycle begins with four stages of SWS (Slow-Wave Sleep), also called NREM (Non-REM). Note that after the completion of the 4th stage, the 5th stage does not immediately begin; instead, the first 4 stages quickly reverse and are then immediately followed by a REM period. The first REM period will occur roughly 90 minutes after falling asleep; thus the first REM period will last only about 10 minutes, given the length of each sleep cycle being roughly 100 minutes. The length of the stages is not static, however: as the night proceeds, the length of stages 3 and 4 (also called delta or deep sleep) begins to wane, and the length of REM sleep increases, up to about one hour in length after a number of cycles. Therefore, as the night goes on, you dream for longer periods of time.

Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

You get 12 comments for that? I mean 13?

Ann Althouse said...

Richard: Still nothing like what Kos gets for just declaring an "open thread."

Headzero: I read Hobson's "The Dreaming Brain," which got tons of attention 15 years ago. Don't know if his theories are still believed, but that book is by far the most scientific piece of writing that, as an adult, I read carefully enough to understand the details. I had a theory at the time of some analogous idea in law, but I can't remember what!

Ron said...

RLC: Thread Envy?

Ann: Kos farts and a thread is created...metaphorically, of course.

Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Ann: Those open threads are forums for the obnoxious, foulmouthed, and closeminded. You have pretty good commenters on the whole.

Ron: Of course!

BTW, Ann, re your wedding post: I stand proudly for fence-straddling.

leeontheroad said...

I shall assume you are tall, then, Richard.

Ann Althouse said...

Good one, Lee!

Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Assume it, Lee. But really it's all a matter of proportion...

leeontheroad said...

Touche, Richard (she says, deciding to keep this clean)

(bow)