Entry 76: Rarebit Fiend
First off, I just realized today that I forgot to write my weekly Blog Entry this past Friday, mostly due to the fact that I had odd work hours and I totally forgot, which has never happened since I've started these entries. So apologies to mostly myself, because now I'm going to feel guilty for breaking my track record.
Usually I start thinking about a Blog Entry topic on a Thursday or Friday while I'm at work, that way I can pass the time and think to myself. Many times I also think about creative stories that I intended to write down one of these days...
Anyways, this entry is about the dreamscape, which can occur during the conscious day and the unconscious night. During my daydreams, I often create stories about a fictional character who actually has the ability to change the world, but in small increments. Normal heroes, or villains, in movies often affect the world on a large scale, which usually boils down to pressing or preventing the pressing of a button that launches a nuke. But for my character, I imagine him as an average human, who goes on adventures and is human enough to lose some battles as much as he wins them. His struggle makes him more believable, in my opinion.
And during the night, my dreams take on a life of their own. I have heard from sources, and experienced them myself, that cheese has a profound effect on your dreams (I think it has something to do with the cultures that react while you sleep). I have also seen this example in Winsor McCay's Dream of Rarebit Fiend, a comic series that involved a character experiencing a weird dream after eating a cheesy dish.
When I was in college, I would eat a lot of pizza, and consequently I would have more strange dreams than normal. Normally I could not remember them, but I do remember waking up and thinking, "why would I dream about myself being on a TV game show?"
But more importantly, I have heard that getting a full night's rest can improve not only your energy for the next day, but it can help your unconscious mind compartmentalize and escape into its own thoughts. While I'm tempted to live my nights in a fantasy world, I am more focused on staying up late and attempting to get more work done, which effects my day-to-day performance.