Looking around the room while sleeping

March 11, 2012

I'm writing this entry more than nine hours after the events of last night, but it was a fun night. I watched some tv shows on Netflix in the living room, and when they were done I didn't feel like getting up and going to bed, so I just slept on my bean bag chair for a while.

While it may sound funny to have a bean bag chair, it's actually a great instrument for exploring things at night. I can sleep well on it for a while, but then it gets uncomfortable, and that keeps me bouncing back and forth between being asleep and awake, which is a good thing, at least for me.

Waking up and looking around

Cutting to the chase, somewhere around 1am I "woke up" while still asleep. I'd like to say that I was able to open my eyes and look around the living room, but more than nine hours after the events, I'm not sure what really happened. What I can say is that I:

As I was pulling things out of the second box, I realized the contents of the box were wrong. While everything in the first box seemed correct, this box was full of liquor bottles, like I had just gone shopping for a party. These days I drink alcohol very rarely, so even though I was fighting the process of being in the dream state, I knew the contents of the box were wrong, so I was both (a) disappointed and (b) wondering what was happening.

Unfortunately I was also getting a little too uncomfortable from laying on the bean bag chair, and the pain/discomfort got to the point where I had to wake up. If I had only worked on the first box, where all the contents seemed correct, I would have been disappointed to see that the box wasn't there next to me, but since I knew the second box was wrong, I just rolled over from my right side to my left side and went back to sleep. The rest of the night was boring, just a collection of dreams I didn't bother to remember.

Recording dreams

Events like this always make me want to buy a camera, so I can record what really happens at night. I don't expect to see boxes moving around by themselves, but I want to know what I'm doing. I suspect what happened was that I actually opened my eyes at first, saw the boxes on the floor, but then everything deteriorated into a lucid dream.

Another way this could be helpful is that I can often talk during dreams, or at least in between dreams, so it would be nice to be able to do this without having to wake up enough to turn on an audio or video recorder. If I knew a camera was always running, I'd also be more motivated to try to speak. For instance, during the event with the boxes this morning, I could have tried speaking during the dream state when I realized the contents of the second box were wrong.

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