Crim replied to my earlier text that she wasn't doing much during the week with her family for thanksgiving, except on the day of. I read it, promising myself to reply in the morning; I was just too tired now.
- Dream, night of November 24 to morning of November 25
don't have to be long, drawn out adventures. Sure, that's what most
people seem to write about, but that's because it's easier to write
about those. What I like to consider micro-dreams are sometimes mistaken
There's no actual length limit in
either direction for a dream. Because they exist entirely in the space
between our ears, they can run at an accelerated pace, where weeks or
more can seem pass inside the duration of the dream, or it can go the
other way. You can have a short dream, one that felt only a few minutes
have passed, and yet several hours or your entire sleep period have
For me, micro-dreams tend to occur most
often when I'm very tired but having trouble getting comfortable in bed.
My eyes will be very heavy, and I'll be snatching short bursts of sleep
in between tossing and turning: a few minutes to an hour here or there.
micro-dreams are usually about someone sending me a text, or an email,
or me interacting with my cell phone in some way. I sleep with it
literally underneath my pillow at night and often pull it out if I'm
having difficulty sleeping, so it is very easy to mistake these short
fictions for truths, and they usually do feel considerably more
realistic than my more drawn out dreams.
usually very near perfect, but I attribute this to the fact that there
aren't many details to remember, no excessive storyline. Mico-dreams are
usually very simple and to the point, like the one above.
vividity is so incredibly high, it's very difficult to discover that I
am indeed dreaming while the dream is still going on. It is only when I
wake that I start to notice small details that would have given it away
if the dream had been longer. For example, for Crim's text messages,
even though she's in my address book, it still shows her phone number
(which is unusual for many smartphones); during the dream, where her
number should have been, was "@@". The unlikelihood of that
symbol appearing in that setting, especially doubled up, is significant,
but because the dream only lasted a few minutes at best, I didn't have
the opportunity to remark on it.
As a child, and into
my early teens, I often had somewhat longer "mini"-dreams that were
comprised of me turning off my alarm clock in the morning, getting up,
and starting my morning routine. I'd usually make it to the stairs
before I found myself jolted awake by none other than the sound of my
alarm clock going off. These dreams were particularly and disturbingly
precise such that the clothing options in my drawers were identical, and
my choices were identical. It wasn't until I started studying dreaming
in high school that these started to become less frequent and eventually
go away altogether.
Note that while micro-dreams can
be confusing, disturbing, and disorienting, they are very different from
hallucinations, which occur exclusively while awake. I recognize that
it can be very difficult to confuse the two, especially if you haven't
experienced both, independently and firsthand.