I broke the record. I have a new personal best.
I’ve remembered and recorded a dream for twenty-five straight nights. My previous record was nineteen, set two years ago.
But to be honest, before the streak, my dream recall had been poor to middling. The change came when I resolved to catch those dreams that slipped away so easily. I’d put in a little more effort.
Now, when I first wake, I stop my mind before it starts running around like a waltzing mouse. In the stillness, maybe there’ll be a lingering wisp of a dream. Maybe that wisp will lead me to something more substantial…
But if not, I still have the wisp, and even from that thin thread, I might learn plenty.
Or perhaps that wisp was the entire dream. Some of my recent dreams either have vague imagery or no imagery at all. Perhaps I forgot the pictures. But who says a dream must always be seen?
Okay, so I’m more resolved. But there’s another factor involved in my current streak. I’m getting a little more sleep these nights. The longest period of REM (dream) sleep occurs at the end of our sleep cycle. So, if I only sleep five hours, instead of seven, I cut off a good chunk of my dream time.
I’d like to end with quote from a baseball great who knew a few streaks of his own…
…a man whose logic was that of a crazy, beautiful dream:
“If I didn’t wake up, I’d still be sleeping.”
— Yogi Berra
© 2015, Michael R. Patton
Open All Night: the book