Words by Frou Williams.
No stranger to the phenomenon that is night terrors and insomnia, it got me thinking about the concept of sleep.
We all know that sleep is essential for life, it’s a chance for our bodies and minds to repair after a hard day's work, for cells to regenerate and give our digestive system a rest.
There’s few things better than jumping into a freshly made duvet to get warm and snuggle under the covers with a fresh breeze filtering around the room.
Or the cloud as I like to call my bed.
People say, ‘I’m going to sleep now,’ as if it were nothing. But when you think about it, it’s really a bizarre activity. You might as well say, ‘For the next several hours, while the sun is gone, I’m going to become unconscious, temporarily losing command over everything I know and understand. When the sun returns, I will resume my life.’
If you didn’t know what sleep was, and you had only seen it in some kind of science fiction film, you would probably think it was seriously weird and tell all your friends about that crazy film you’d seen.
So if you had to describe sleep to someone how would you do it?
They had these people, you know? And they would walk around all day, going about their everyday lives and everything was just normal. And then, once a day, usually after dark, they would lie down on these special platforms and become unconscious. They would stop functioning almost completely, except deep in their minds they would have adventures and experiences that were completely impossible in real life. As they lay there, completely vulnerable to their enemies, their only movements were to occasionally shift from one position to another; or, if one of the ‘mind adventures’ got too real, they would sit up and scream and be glad they weren’t unconscious anymore. Then they would drink a lot of coffee.’
So, the next time you see someone sleeping, why not add some fun to your day and make believe you’re in a science fiction film and whisper, ‘The creature is regenerating itself.’ People might think you're crazy but who wants to normal anyway? 😉