Vila Dreams of Electric Sheep; or, Radioactivity, Day Two
May 15, 2007 § 5 Comments
After struggling to stay awake until a respectable hour, I succumbed to sleep soon after 9:00 PM last night. It was a deep, strange slumber, impervious to external sensory stimuli and entirely unaffected by unconscious urgings. For a time, I simply ceased to exist, which I suppose is the closest an atheist can come to a near-death experience.
I awoke briefly at 2:00 AM, had a radioactive pee and then returned to bed. This time, I fell into a hyperactive dream state that continued for many hours. It was relentless, this dreaming, with each sequence coming fast on the heels of that which preceded it, as if by conveyor belt. As before, I had no awareness of the waking world nor of the fact that I was dreaming; therefore, I did not think to try to stop the onslaught.
When I awoke for the second time, it was almost 2:00 PM. Bewildered, I stared at the alarm clock I had neglected to set the night before, and it eventually dawned on me that I had been asleep for a total of almost seventeen hours. I also had a blinding headache, which persists despite generous doses of caffeine and Advil, and I remain thoroughly disoriented as another night looms. Without question, my circadian rhythms are way fucked.
I wonder: is it possible that low levels of radiation can cause, in certain predisposed individuals, an excess of dreaming? More to the point, can one overdose on dreams? If so, then I am clearly suffering from a dream hangover, for which there is seemingly no cure. (Sighs.) It’s gonna be a long night…