Posted by Solstice on November 14, 2010, at 9:08:10
In reply to I long to be interesting. (nm), posted by Dinah on November 14, 2010, at 8:23:37
It's fascinating (interesting?) to me that you would say such a thing!
For years now, without pause, I have read your posts and found you to be one of the more interesting people I've encountered during my life experiences. No one has made me *think* like you have. You have endlessly entertained me, taught me, and sometimes given me a kick in the seat to stop being whatever foolish thing I was being at the time. It's the way your mind and heart work that facinates me so. Your sense of humor is delightful. I don't think can adequately explain/describe how interesting you are to me.
So long no more... Dinah :-)
And by the way.. regsarding dreams.. dreams take place in the fifth 'stage' of sleep (called REM), which is usually about 20%-25% of our sleep. While the rest of the time you're asleep your brain activity slows down by 1/2 to 2/3 from your awake background activity, during this fifth stage of sleep your brain activity picks up and is as fast, even faster, as your awake background activity. Your brain stem releases an amino acid called glycine that temporarily 'paralyzes' the motor neurons in your spinal cord so they cannot send the impulses to your body that cause your physical movements. It's this little amino acid (glycine) that prevents you from acting out your dreams while you sleep. If not for glycine, you'd probably be waking up a lot in the bathroom :-) As a rule, the only dreams you'll remember are ones that are taking place when you are awakened from REM sleep. That's why we are most likely to remember dreams that the alarm clock interrupts. There's a lot about the science involved in sleep and dreams that we don't understand yet - but I thought you might be interested in that little tidbit.