Sleep. We all need it. Some get too little of it, and others do it far too often. The thing that I love the most about sleep, when I do it anyway, is that when I wake up generally it’s the next morning. I don’t really like naps because you might wake up and have no daylight, and for a morning person like me the sun is the one thing needed to get off to a great start. However, there is a part of the sleeping process that occurs that can be a love or hate kind of thing for me. That thing is dreaming. Whether you’re a couple months or went to school with Jesus, you have had dreams. Not the kind of, “Man, I’d really like to be this when I grow up” dream, but the ” Why is this Carrot trying to eat me!!” kind. Now scientists do research on these happenings every day and to me what is the most interesting about the dream is that we apparently have 3-5 a night, some even have 7.
Now scientists do research on these happenings every day and to me what is the most interesting about the dream is that we apparently have 3-5 a night, some even have 7. Of these dreams, I would imagine that some are a little weirder than others, but what I wanted to know was how to avoid the weirder ones. For example, when I was a kid, I have had tons of strange dreams, none stranger than when I was being chased down my old block in Philadelphia by the Energizer Bunny. I get it, he kept going, and going, and going, but don’t for a second alright, because that bunny was the most terrifying thing in the world to me that night. In any case, regardless of how weird the dream was, I did notice some things that may or may not be true for others but most certainly were true to me.
I cannot tell you how many ridiculous nights of dreaming I have had after a night of eating something that I knew good and well I should not have been eating. Pizza, Chinese, Doritos, whatever the evening asked for, It never fails, a good bit of junk will always result in a great bit of waking up in the middle of he night because of dreams I had.
Dude. Have you ever watch the show Gangland? It’s this show on The History Channel right? Where basically guys who have been involved in gangs are interviewed and asked about their golden days in said gang. Each episode a different gang is profiled. Sound cool right? I know. Sometimes it’s even funny, there have been so many times that I’ve watched and my mind has been blown with the level of ignorance. For example one episode a man in his forties who ingeniously changed his name to something more befitting of his character, said something along these lines.
“They taught me that you had to be 95 percent mental and 15 percent physical.”
I’m not a mathematician, but that sounds off somehow. Anyway, I would watch this show before bed for months previously and sometimes still do, and yes, It has effected my dreams. I once dreamt that I was on that same block in Philly and I was trying to take my tv out of my old house. For some reason, there was a Crip and an inmate at the end of the block and they wouldn’t let me pass them. Then they started chasing me until I get to an old neighbors house who in this dream is a blood and asks me to join his gang. Thank god I woke up or else I might have gotten jumped in.
Being upset about something
Finally on my list of things not to do before bed, is having anything on your mind that could bother you. Sometimes I know it can be a little difficult, but it could truly manifest in your dreams. Most of the things that we dream about are what we were thinking about subconsciously anyway, and if you have something on your mind bothering you, try and deal with it before you have to sleep. Anger and worry used to be my big two feelings that would almost always result in messed up dreaming.
In sum, I hope this little list helped you out in some way. It sure has helped me, but I want to know, what things mess up your sleep? What gives you weird dreams? Drop a comment and let me know, I’m a knowledge hound and any tip is greatly appreciated. Until next time, Happy dreaming!
Also, here’s a quick sneak peak of a future post.