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2020-01-12 10:23:51 AM  
I had a dream last night where I was helping a team of students build a ham slicing machine.  I suggested that instead of going for ultra-thin, they should cut it like waffle fries.

After waking up, I still think it's a good idea.
 
2020-01-12 10:27:12 AM  
With helpful pictures of what sleeping looks like.
I recently had a dream about my Jetta I recently sold. I was at a stoplight, the light turned green, and no matter how hard I tried, I could not press the clutch. I just sat there in a panic because I couldn't move.
I guess I miss that car.
 
2020-01-12 10:34:56 AM  
In order to remember your dreams,
You must think of them as if they were little kittens.
When you wake up in the morning,
Before you get out of bed,
Sit up and say, "Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty
kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty."
If this doesn't work,
You must go into the kitchen and pour out a saucer of cream.
Place it by the foot of the bed and say,
"Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty
kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty."
When the kitty gets the cream,
The dream is remembered.

https://youtu.be/4v21ZSLMwH0
 
2020-01-12 10:35:26 AM  

sprag: I had a dream last night where I was helping a team of students build a ham slicing machine.  I suggested that instead of going for ultra-thin, they should cut it like waffle fries.

After waking up, I still think it's a good idea.


I'll take eight!
 
2020-01-12 10:52:12 AM  
I remember about 1 dream a decade, give or take. Mostly I don't remember them, even vaguely.

There only real anomaly there is I tried switching allergy meds at one point last year. Apparently Allergra gives me vivid dreams that I remember. It freaked me out so much after 3 days, I switched back off Allegra.
 
2020-01-12 10:52:49 AM  
I remember few dreams for my own good. Last night, I spent 200-300 years as the Elf ranger Bealivelde
 
2020-01-12 10:54:48 AM  
Because dreams take place in the subconscious, which doesn't store memories. The only time you will remember a dream is if you wake up while having it, which is when they can be registered by the conscious part of your brain. But because they were part of your subconscious, they tend to fade quickly, even when you make an effort to recall them.
 
2020-01-12 10:54:58 AM  
I have cinematic dreams, where I'm in imaginary places with imaginary characters. I often wake up and think, "Neat! Glad I remember this one." And it then disappears from my brain.

I do remember one from this morning, though.

One, I was in Vermont visiting a family with a home workshop. They were selling bicycle stuff (which I wanted) and woodsy clothing, like red tartan sweaters and red tartan flannel-lined jackets. The guy was telling me his twelve-year-old kid was the mastermind creating the products, and he really liked red. The kid was sitting at a sewing machine.

The End.
 
2020-01-12 10:56:17 AM  
Because you can't afford wholesale
 
2020-01-12 10:59:38 AM  
Brains are a work in progress
 
2020-01-12 11:14:09 AM  
I had a dream a couple weeks ago where I met an elderly Ron Howard. I shook his hand.
 
2020-01-12 11:18:02 AM  
Plausible deniability
 
2020-01-12 11:24:26 AM  
I strenuously object to the assertion in TFA that remembering dreams requires quality sleep. I very rarely remember mine, but if sleeping were a spectator sport, you'd have my poster on your wall. I don't use an alarm clock, am out within minutes of closing my eyes, easily go back to sleep if awoken (the dog knows to wake me up - almost every night).

When I do remember dreams, they're almost always incredibly boring and realistic. When there's dream danger, I'm cartoonishly serene - resigned to the suffering or inexplicably confident that things will be fine. I think that's a big factor in both sleeping well and forgetting my dreams. My life is low-stress, and my dreams are usually very relaxing and low-stress too.
 
2020-01-12 11:57:33 AM  
I never remember anything, not even slightly.  It's as if I don't dream at all, although I must.   For this I am grateful.  The things that might appear are all things I really don't care to remember.
 
2020-01-12 11:58:56 AM  
Because they are boring
 
2020-01-12 12:02:29 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Because dreams take place in the subconscious, which doesn't store memories. The only time you will remember a dream is if you wake up while having it, which is when they can be registered by the conscious part of your brain. But because they were part of your subconscious, they tend to fade quickly, even when you make an effort to recall them.


This. I only remember dreams if I'm sleeping restlessly and wake up often. Not remembering them is a sign of a good, sound night's sleep.
 
2020-01-12 12:06:06 PM  

vinniethepoo: This. I only remember dreams if I'm sleeping restlessly and wake up often. Not remembering them is a sign of a good, sound night's sleep.


My inkling as well. I remember about one dream per year. I haven't had a nightmare in probably 25 years. And rare nights when I don't sleep well, I really feel it the next day.
 
2020-01-12 12:28:25 PM  
Get a notepad and start writing them down.  You will begin to remember more dreams.
 
2020-01-12 1:15:48 PM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: Get a notepad and start writing them down.  You will begin to remember more dreams.


Wouldn't you remember the same number of dreams, just for longer?

:)
 
2020-01-12 1:21:59 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: vinniethepoo: This. I only remember dreams if I'm sleeping restlessly and wake up often. Not remembering them is a sign of a good, sound night's sleep.

My inkling as well. I remember about one dream per year. I haven't had a nightmare in probably 25 years. And rare nights when I don't sleep well, I really feel it the next day.


I remember dreams all the time. I can't say I've paid enough attention to quality of sleep to be sure that quality sleep is more or less likely to result in the memory of a dream.

But surely it is a numbers game as well.  If you sleep through the night and wake up once, you can only remember one dream: the one you were having as you woke up.  Waking up 20 goddamn times in the middle of the night, then once per click of the snooze button, may result in much lower odds of a remembered dream per wake-up, but it strikes me that total number of remembered dreams probably goes up. I can definitely say I'm not getting quality sleep on those nights (especially the snooze button period) but I remember plenty of dreams from them.
 
2020-01-12 1:26:55 PM  
Because not all dreams involve falling into a barrel of titties?
 
2020-01-12 1:47:54 PM  
Because dreaming of digging splinters of broken glass out of my hands every night would get old if I remembered it all the time?
 
2020-01-12 2:00:45 PM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: With helpful pictures of what sleeping looks like.
I recently had a dream about my Jetta I recently sold. I was at a stoplight, the light turned green, and no matter how hard I tried, I could not press the clutch. I just sat there in a panic because I couldn't move.
I guess I miss that car.


The dream ur car had of u was violent.
 
2020-01-12 2:01:57 PM  

poconojoe: In order to remember your dreams,
You must think of them as if they were little kittens.
When you wake up in the morning,
Before you get out of bed,
Sit up and say, "Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty
kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty."
If this doesn't work,
You must go into the kitchen and pour out a saucer of cream.
Place it by the foot of the bed and say,
"Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty
kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty.
Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty."
When the kitty gets the cream,
The dream is remembered.

https://youtu.be/4v21ZSLMwH0


Someone hasnt been laid in awhile.
 
2020-01-12 2:03:59 PM  

Quantumbunny: I remember about 1 dream a decade, give or take. Mostly I don't remember them, even vaguely.

There only real anomaly there is I tried switching allergy meds at one point last year. Apparently Allergra gives me vivid dreams that I remember. It freaked me out so much after 3 days, I switched back off Allegra.


Listen to the color of your dreams.
 
2020-01-12 2:05:06 PM  
I remember last night's dream where I kept getting attacked by spiders.

So that's great.
 
2020-01-12 2:06:45 PM  

oldfool: Brains are a work in progress


I have a splitting headache from which the future is made.
Jim Morrison
 
2020-01-12 4:06:45 PM  
I quit smoking four years ago.   But frequently dream of smoking.   However, the lighter or match will never light.   Very frustrating.
 
2020-01-12 4:44:57 PM  
I know this one.  Its because when we are in REM sleep, the part of our brains that records activity--short-term memory-- is turned off.  That's why your dreams make no sense.  Your brain is working, but is not making records of what just happened .  And when you wake up, the little bit still there goes right away.  Dreaming is how your brain sorts things out, but it doesn't make new memories from it.  Its like running a virus scan on your brain every night.

Another fun fact--if you drink heavily and have blackouts, your brain does the same thing.  It gets tired of trying to work with your drunk ass, and part of it shuts down.  You will never remember what happened during a blackout, even if people tell you.  It was never recorded.

Sleep is important for our brains.  Get some.
 
2020-01-12 4:48:28 PM  

Quantumbunny: I remember about 1 dream a decade, give or take. Mostly I don't remember them, even vaguely.
There only real anomaly there is I tried switching allergy meds at one point last year. Apparently Allergra gives me vivid dreams that I remember. It freaked me out so much after 3 days, I switched back off Allegra.


Some meds will change your sleep patterns.  I started dreaming more when i started taking antidepressants.  If i quit smoking pot, i remember my dreams better, and they seem more coherent.
 
2020-01-12 4:50:07 PM  

LewDux: Because they are boring


Well, it's your brain being boring.
 
2020-01-12 4:56:51 PM  

RagnarD: I quit smoking four years ago.   But frequently dream of smoking.   However, the lighter or match will never light.   Very frustrating.


This happens constantly with addictions.  I was still having dreams about getting drunk and TOTALLY getting away with it a few years ago, and I've been sober for 30 years.
 
2020-01-12 6:11:24 PM  

sprag: I had a dream last night where I was helping a team of students build a ham slicing machine.  I suggested that instead of going for ultra-thin, they should cut it like waffle fries.

After waking up, I still think it's a good idea.


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#hamwaffle
 
2020-01-12 7:11:55 PM  
Let me tell you about the dream I remember most. I was a little girl. My father and my mother went to college. I was going to college too. I got to the library and the lady who took me in was working. She was the librarian. And my librarian- friend had left. I never saw her again. She was in her late thirties, maybe early forties. And the last thing I remembered, she told me there was a dream I could have, the dream where I was a librarian. I came home and I told my dad, "Dad, I just had a dream." He said, "What about your librarian- friend?" "She went out to the road." My dad got so upset he threw me off the potty. I was shocked, I cried and I was so embarrassed. Then my dad said, "There's always next year." And that was all I could think of.

/ also, there were electric sheep
 
2020-01-12 7:48:39 PM  

RagnarD: I quit smoking four years ago.   But frequently dream of smoking.   However, the lighter or match will never light.   Very frustrating.


That's not about smoking....that's about importance.
 
2020-01-12 7:50:37 PM  

optikeye: RagnarD: I quit smoking four years ago.   But frequently dream of smoking.   However, the lighter or match will never light.   Very frustrating.

That's not about smoking....that's about importance.


impotance

/ftfm
 
2020-01-12 8:06:51 PM  
The funny thing about dreams is that your own dreams are really interesting to you, but listening to other people's dreams is boring as hell.
 
2020-01-12 8:29:18 PM  
Y

Smackledorfer: SoundOfOneHandWanking: Get a notepad and start writing them down.  You will begin to remember more dreams.

Wouldn't you remember the same number of dreams, just for longer?

:)


No but when they find the notepad they put me into an asylum.
 
2020-01-12 8:34:50 PM  
I don't know what it is with my brain, but I dream intensely, and remember at least a couple a week.  I do wake up a lot mid-night, so maybe thats part of it.

one i remembered much of, Last week i dreamed a coworker and I were attempting to steal a bunch of cash and put it all inside a grand piano we were pushing through the hallways of this building.  He wouldn't quit stopping and talking to people and I was getting more and more pissed off, as that was putting our whole operation in danger.
 
2020-01-12 8:41:05 PM  

cryinoutloud: I know this one.  Its because when we are in REM sleep, the part of our brains that records activity--short-term memory-- is turned off.  That's why your dreams make no sense.  Your brain is working, but is not making records of what just happened .  And when you wake up, the little bit still there goes right away.  Dreaming is how your brain sorts things out, but it doesn't make new memories from it.  Its like running a virus scan on your brain every night.

Another fun fact--if you drink heavily and have blackouts, your brain does the same thing.  It gets tired of trying to work with your drunk ass, and part of it shuts down.  You will never remember what happened during a blackout, even if people tell you.  It was never recorded.

Sleep is important for our brains.  Get some.


I have never been so drunk that I did not remember events.

At my sister's wedding I became so drunk that I later questioned whether things that I remembered had really happened or if I had hallucinated them, but upon inquiry I was informed that the events did occur. Fortunately none of them were embarrassing; I am a rather boring individual.
 
2020-01-12 8:42:33 PM  

dumbobruni: I remember last night's dream where I kept getting attacked by spiders.

So that's great.


Night before last I dreamt I caught a baby alligator in my apt. Was holding it in my hand, hoping it wouldn't be able to bite me while I searched for something to put it in safely so I could get it out.  Somehow I ended up biting IT and then I was horrified that it was suffering so I had to kill it.

Been under some stress lately so I'm guessing that's what it's about. Online symbolism says it either means I'm in some kind of danger or about to go through a positive new change in my life. 🙄
 
2020-01-13 1:14:05 AM  

cryinoutloud: Quantumbunny: I remember about 1 dream a decade, give or take. Mostly I don't remember them, even vaguely.
There only real anomaly there is I tried switching allergy meds at one point last year. Apparently Allergra gives me vivid dreams that I remember. It freaked me out so much after 3 days, I switched back off Allegra.

Some meds will change your sleep patterns.  I started dreaming more when i started taking antidepressants.  If i quit smoking pot, i remember my dreams better, and they seem more coherent.


Came to discuss this.  Article doesn't mention medications or drugs at all.

When I smoke pot, I don't recall dreaming at all, no matter how much sleep I get.  Whether this is because it alters the quality of my sleep, or interferes with my REM sleep levels, or just makes me forget them I can't say.

OTOH, when I was early in alcohol recovery, I was prescribed Remeron, an antidepressant that supposedly also aids in sleep.  OMG the dreams were vivid.  Not just vivid, but coherent, consistent, realistic and plot based with excellent continuity and memorable in detail after waking.  And they are the only dreams I remember being in color.  I'm grateful that I never had any actual nightmares while taking that.

It's been about 20 months since I've taken any meds other than ibuprofen and tylenol, and about 10 months since I last toked, and I have what I guess are "normal" dreams now:  I remember that I have dreamt, but don't remember any details.  Sometimes they wake me up (anxiety, fear, or sexual arousal will awaken me from a dream pretty quickly) but the episodic memory of a dream won't linger very long - even the memories of the most vivid don't last more than an hour or so.

If I ever decide to actually pursue my goal of writing narrative fiction, I'm going to have my doc prescribe Remeron again.  Amazing effect.  Worth experiencing unless you're prone to nightmares.  (The vivid dreams eventually tapered off, but I hate the 'I don't feel anything' experience that all antidepressants give me so I gave it up after 6 months.  Some people on Remeron maintenance claim the dreams never go away, so ymmv.)
 
2020-01-13 1:17:25 AM  

cyberspacedout: sprag: I had a dream last night where I was helping a team of students build a ham slicing machine.  I suggested that instead of going for ultra-thin, they should cut it like waffle fries.

After waking up, I still think it's a good idea.

[Fark user image 496x281]

#hamwaffle


I would Fry the hell out of hamwaffles.
 
2020-01-13 4:49:32 AM  

bughunter: cyberspacedout: sprag: I had a dream last night where I was helping a team of students build a ham slicing machine.  I suggested that instead of going for ultra-thin, they should cut it like waffle fries.

After waking up, I still think it's a good idea.

[Fark user image 496x281]

#hamwaffle

I would Fry the hell out of hamwaffles.


You may very will become a rich man, if you can make your vision a reality.
You must first assemble your "dream team" of people designing the machine, deciding how the blades are actually arranged, etc.

/one of the members of the team will betray you
//take all the credit/fame/fortune for your invention
///you will still be welcome here on Fark, after the dust settles
 
2020-01-13 6:45:44 AM  
When I was about 16 I suddenly started to remember dreams I regularly had when I was about 5 to 8 years old. Which tells me that I likely haven't really forgotten most of my dreams, I just have no conscious memory of them.
 
2020-01-13 7:24:38 AM  
I once dreamt I was Bob Dole, but it turned out I was just sleeping on my arm wrong.
 
2020-01-13 7:27:09 AM  
I remember having a Dreamsicle.
 
2020-01-13 8:46:27 AM  

turbocucumber: When I was about 16 I suddenly started to remember dreams I regularly had when I was about 5 to 8 years old. Which tells me that I likely haven't really forgotten most of my dreams, I just have no conscious memory of them.


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Good luck
 
2020-01-13 10:20:24 AM  
I woke up three times last night.

The first time I dreamt that I had been driving and gotten somewhat lost. I checked into a hotel but then for some reason went for a walk. At some point I saw red dots over my vision, but then they went away. I forgot where the hotel was though I was never completely lost because I saw familiar landmarks like restaurants (I recall an Arby's). Then somehow I was back in the hotel and I was seeing red splotches in my vision. I looked in a mirror and saw that one of my eyes was covered with blood. I then discovered that I was splattered with blood. Soon after, I found a corpse and at that point I realized that the situation was too surreal to be reality and so I knew that I was dreaming and I forced myself awake.

I may have some emotional problems.

I was mid-dream the next two times that I woke up but I cannot remember them now.
 
2020-01-13 10:39:00 AM  
I spent a great deal of time and effort in the 90s/00s learning how to Lucid dream. I remember all of my lucid ones to this day, probably because I was in the director's chair during them.

An interesting note however: light switches never work in ANY dream. Try it. If one fails you're probably dreaming.
 
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