for those of you that generally remember more than 3dreams per night here’s a little test for you. this works better with NDs.
- Recall all your dreams you had that night
- Work out how long each dream appeared to last, be it days, weeks, hours or simply 10mins. (bare in mind i’m talking about the passage of time in the dream - not how long the dream took in RL)
- Add the total dream times together
- now put that total next to how long you were actually sleeping for
- Then edit your sleep time to the aproximate dream time.
(by which i mean if you sleep for 6hrs a night you don’t actually dream for that full 6hrs, there’s an estimated time for how long each sleep cycle is right?)
Theoretically the total time that appears to be passed during dreams should be more than the real life time.
but we experience this alot in waking life too. Take books for example, there is enough detail in books to suffeciently follow the characters through weeks of their “lives” and the book it’s self only takes a few hours to read. Yet in retrospect your knowledge of that character is many days/weeks long but it was only a 300page book.
Indeed some things are cut out and may jump time in some chapters, but with a little paragraph giving a summery of what may have transpired in that time. Dreams are the same, you jump occationally from one bit to the next and usually can figure out what “might” have happened in that gap.
On another note the human brain is capable of processing infomation much quicker than we generally use it. So it would be reasonable to assume that dreams use more of this ability by going faster like watching a tape on fastforward but during sleep the brain has more than enough resourses to make it appear real time.
This is something else we occationally use in Waking life too, i’m sure at some point we’ve all had an experiece where we had to make a split second decision. Usually you will weigh the choices and make an educated guess and hope for the best, rather than close your eyes and say “that one”.
well that’s my thoughts on it - i’ll leave you all confused hehe