Monday, 24 June 2013

Stay Unconscious Till Morning


When I was lying in bed this morning, somewhere between sleep and awake, I had a great blog idea about Louise and I being at an all-inclusive Mexican resort and how silly it would be to live there. Unfortunately there was a phone call that interrupted my cloudy ideas and try as I might; I just couldn’t pull them together again. Too bad, I have the feeling that you would have really liked it.
 
That semi sleep state is pretty elusive. It doesn’t come every morning, but sometimes it will come at the end of an afternoon nap and the odd time just before my nights sleep. I have thought many great thoughts while I was in between and I suspect that we all do. If only we could somehow tap those thoughts and record them, who knows what mysteries would be solved.

My daughter has an app on her iPhone that will record her speech while she sleeps. There have been some pretty funny and pretty odd things recorded, but since only fragments of what is happening in the dream state comes forward, it’s like listening to one side of a phone conversation through a closed door. Just tantalizing tidbits and in Maegan’s case, just a little funny. The app is called the Sleep Talk Recorder and it is available from iTunes and Google has the same app available at their store. I’m not sure if I talk in my sleep or not, but it would be kind of fun to find out. I might make sense when I am unconscious.
 
There is a site (of course) where people have uploaded their night talk and it is pretty funny/strange/weird. I don’t know why anyone would want to listen to strangers from other countries talking in their sleep, but it turns out that people have accents even when they are asleep. I don’t know why anyone would want to upload their sleep talk, but I don’t know why people put up all of that shit on facebook. Who cares how you got to work, who cares how tired you are and you know what…everyone hates going to work every day! There is a great line from the movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” that applies to facebook everything is not an anecdote. You have to discriminate. You choose things that are funny or mildly amusing or interesting. You're a miracle—your stories have none of that. They're not even amusing accidentally!
 
If you want to hear what some English guy is mumbling in his sleep, here is the site. http://www.sleeptalkrecorder.com/top

That state between waking and sleep is called REM, which stands for Rapid Eye Movement. This is the stage that dreams occur and I suspect it is the stage that I was in this morning when Louise and I were on the beach in Mexico. This state of mind can also be consciously achieved with meditation and many wonderful things can be achieved when you get there. There are people who can control their dreams and I feel that when you control your dreams you control your reality.
 

Well, it’s time for me to go and get ready to control my dreams. I think tonight I will close my eyes, slow my breathing and with any luck stay unconscious until morning.

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