How to get rid of dreams


The last year at Atlantic College has been a rather interesting experience. With the IB and the UWC Experience, life is busy to say the least. It is a constant struggle between doing everything and doing nothing, academics and extra-curricular activities. More often than not, the choice ends up being – To sleep or not to sleep? That is the question.

Despite the mountain of articles about the benefits/harms of sleeping too much/too little/not enough, this post is not about that. Rather, it’s about how a lack of sleep conveniently rids of you your dreams. Perhaps it does this in a literal sense of ruining your plans by making you a living zombie, but it certainly does so in a practical sense by making you so tired you, well simply stop dreaming.

Since the 2010-2011 school year started almost 10 months now, I’ve had some very peaceful nights. It didn’t hit me until I got back to HK this summer and started catching up on sleep that in fact, those in those 10 months of peaceful nights, I have never once had a dream. Since I’ve been back in HK, I’ve had my fair share of quirky and odd dreams, the latest of which involved a near fatal experience with running, snakes and old classmates.

So if you want to get rid of your midnight dreams, just keep yourself sleep deprived.

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2 comments

  1. Would you prefer to dream or not to dream?
    I tend to forget my dreams the moment I wake up…perhaps we need a bit of Inception!

  2. Here’s why it’s a bad idea to avoid having dreams during your academic year.

    First we must establish what is essential in the process of learning. Whether the mode of learning used is rote learning and memorization, or understanding and applying, ultimately it all boils down to your brain storing this information in long-term memory such that it can be retrieved later on, including in an examination when it is desperately needed.

    What happens when you sleep? You don’t JUST sleep. Your sleep is divided into stages of around 2 hours each, during which you go through five stages. In one stage, known as rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep, your eyes flutter very quickly and that is the stage during which you have dreams. It is also during that stage that your short-term memory is converted into long-term memory in your brain. All this means that even if your dream is not in any way related to what you have just learnt, it actually facilitates your learning process and ensure that you don’t forget it in a hurry.

    Dreams may not always be enjoyable, but it would be misguided to get rid of them.

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