All my life I have been a catnapper, never getting more than 4 hours of sleep at any one time, and getting that much sleep at one time usually meant that I was drunk. The last time I was drunk enough to get 4 hours of sleep was somewhere around 1980. I decided that getting an extra couple of hours of sleep didn’t justify the effects of being drunk. I just don’t like being drunk.
I spent tens of thousands of dollars at the UCLA Medical Center, Houston Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center trying to find why my circadian rhythm was all wacko. Nothing. Until about five years ago when I tried to get involved in a sleep research study right here in San Diego. I failed the entry questions because I was diagnosed as a “polyphasic sleeper.” Since the mid-1990’s that has been the official medical term for catnappers.
Being a polyphasic sleeper means that I rarely dream, and I never reach REM sleep which is where those really active dreams occur. Lately, though, since November 8, 2016, I have been getting more sleep, and much more REM sleep. I have been dreaming for the first time in my life.
Some might even call them nightmares.
I have been dreaming about dictators, dystopian worlds, battered and abused women and children, the disabled, LGBTQ people, sexual assaults, racism, the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, Hitler, Mussolini, Putin, nuclear war, animal abuse…. Everything that our current President represents has appeared in my dreams. It hasn’t been pretty.
I think I want to go back to a time before November 8, 2016….
With that said, here are some of my favorite songs about dreams:
“Mad World” by Tears For Fears, 1983
“All I Have To Do Is Dream” by The Everly Brothers, 1958
“Dream On” by Aerosmith, 1973
“Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House, 1986
Sweet Dremas (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics, 1983
“Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac, 1977
“Dream Weaver” by Gary Wright, 1975
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