Sunday, January 26, 2014

On Dreaming: The NMB Effect

I've discovered a strange effect, that, as far as I can tell (mostly because 99% of my audience declines to tell me anything, let alone what they think) is unique to me. For the sake of clarity and brevity, I'll call it the Not-My-Bed (or NMB) effect.

For someone who doesn't do much travelling and has few social relationships, I spend a fair amount of time sleeping in someone else's bed. The simple cause of this is my house- and pet-sitting gig, which more often than not has me living in someone else's home for (at least) a couple of days at a time. Sure, it's usually a guest room and bed that I sleep in, but it's still NMB.

When dreaming in my bed, events rarely happen more than twice, as in duplicated exactly the same, like rereading a passage in a book, immediately after you read it the first time. However, when I'm not in my bed (where the name comes from), it happens significantly more times.

Now, these aren't just repeated events scattered through the night, or through the dream. These repeated passages are consecutive, right after another, right away, so close that sometimes they actually overlap.

As I'm writing this, I'm recently woken up from this effect, spending a few days housesitting, and the scene repeated itself about six times. Some of the repeats were more like stutters at the beginning of words, so I'm hardpressed to count them as seperate repeats.

Immediately upon waking, I can usually count them, before my recall's halflife (not dissimilar to radition) starts to tear the details from me.

If you have any strange phenomena happen regularly under atypical situations, I'd love to hear about it, especially if they occur in NMB situations.