Monday, August 07, 2006

Blur All The Time

I was reading Helen's blog the other day and it struck me that her dream was so vivid. It set me thinking and I tried to recall the dreams that I have had but I can't seem to have much recollection.

I remember reading somewhere that all of us dream in our sleep. But my personal experience tells otherwise. I wake up most mornings with totally no iota that I had any dream in my sleep. Ocassionally, I would be aware that there was some sort of dream, but try as I might, I just cannot make out what the dream was all about. There would be no head and no tail, broken in bits and pieces and totally out of sequence. I just could not draw any meaning out of it. Sometimes, it can be quite bizarre that I am able to put a name to a character (as in, I've heard that particular name before somewhere else) in my dream but in reality, it would be someone that I have never met. It's strange, huh?

I used to hear my friends telling about the dreams they had and it never fails to amaze me each time that their dreams were so concise and so clear and in colour too. They were able to interpret and explain the dream. As for those who are into the number-betting games, they take their dreams, no matter good, bad or ugly, very seriously. They would be busy flipping through the 'Nombor-Ekor Pictorial Dictionary' to look for the magic number corresponding to their dream and bet all they have got, praying and hoping for an ultimate windfall. A recent much talkabout case would be of the old man from Pulau Pinang who had some kind of dream about a diety giving him instructions to hang 'angpows' containing written wishes on a particular bungah tanjung tree somewhere in the Rifle Range Flats area. According to that old man, crowds came from far and near and many of them placed their lucky numbers into the red packets and hung them up the tree and apparently quite a few have struck it rich.

I also know of one particular relative who, without fail, will take afternoon naps on Saturdays and Sundays and will automatically wake up (no alarm clock allowed as it may disturb the dream), quickly run through the different publications of pictorial dictionaries and rushing off just in time to go to the nearest betting outlets to place his bets for the day. Talk about the latest, and happening dreams fresh from dreamland. LOL. So far, have not heard of him receiving any windfall from the God of Prosperity though.

Do some people dream more than others? Are these dreamers more alert and aware of their surroundings and happenings that cause them to dream more vividly? Why is it that I cannot make out what my dream was about? Is it because that I am blur most of the time and sleep like a log all the time? Another friend suggested that I should eat more 'tai tau choy' (I think it's preserved big-head cabbage). HAHAHAHA!

By the way, any idea how much per serving should I take?
 
posted by nyonyapenang at 11:21 AM, |

20 Comments:

Dreams... better don't dream too much if you can help it.

During the REM cycle, some people dream that they saw themselves sleeping on the bed! The out-of-body experience.
  At 5:11 PM Blogger Manny said:
Scientifically speaking, everyone dreams when they sleep. Whether you can recall it back in the morning, well thats another question. The sub-concious is always active. Not the whole sub-concious but parts of it. Ever noticed how you can instintively wake up or at least sense something when someone is holding something directly above your forehead. You may not remmeber a dream or even not remmeber dreaming at all if you slack off sleeping time. Most REM sleep occur around 2-3hours in after you've fallen asleep. At this point your body and mind are in a state of complete relax and easy. Your mind is suspended is a sort of virtual reality ie. dream. A dream is fundementally altered relapse of past experience or thoughts. So for example if you see a clown in your dreams, chances are you either have a seen something funny and so your brain alters that to a clown. During an REM sleep yur mind takes over, hence it's hard to say sometimes what dreams could mean since they could either be actual past experiences repressed by certain phobias you may/may not have or they could just as well be random imagery;something you just happened to see whilst browsing through a magazine earlier. When you wake up, your mind wipes the slate clean and brings back up yesterdays memory before you fell asleep.
  At 7:23 PM Blogger angel said:
waaa... manny is a psycho ar? i mean psychologist lar :P

like u, i dun recall my dreams most of the time too... eat wot, u say??
  At 9:41 PM Blogger savante said:
Aiyah! Read that news article too! i did that thing in Hong Kong! they have a tree with oranges dangling from it...

paul
  At 10:39 PM Anonymous Jemima said:
The only dreams I can remember are the ones I dream of when I am wide awake. :)

Besides, they say that "dreamers never lie".. so those dreamers who talk in their sleep...they better watch out. LOL
las montanas,
out-of-body experience? dowan la. LOL

manny,
welcome!
thanks alot for taking the time to explain to a blur nyonya. ;)

angel,
kenot recall oso good. so that brain can store more important info hor? LOL

savante,
so, your wishes got come true or not?

jemima,
welcome to you too!
wide-awake dreams sure come true one. ;D
  At 6:43 PM Blogger AceOne said:
*sigh* long time never dreams of 4 ekor already.
aceone,
now dream of lengluis oni ah? :D
  At 3:31 PM Blogger Helen said:
It's OK. I noticed that I dream more when I'm really tired or been surfing too much. ON the other hand, my hubby is like you. All his life, he cannot recall even ONE dream he had. That is why I always pulled him leg and call him 'the man without dreams..' lol

But I read somewhere, too many electrical gadgets around will disrupt the sleeping brain wave. So, put your h/p away from your bed...

Another thing, dreams are supposed to be monotone. lol
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