I wish my Galaxy smart watch could pinpoint when I go into REM sleep and when non-REM sleep occurs during the night. There are times when my dreams are particularly peculiar; so out of curiosity, I’d like to know when these sleep cycles happen–not only the duration of them.
Last night/early this morning for instance I dreamed a brief dream primarily of sounds but there were only two brief visual images. The first noise was of a sonic boom. The second was the ringing of the bell of my old telephone. Both sounds were startling to the point of nearly awakening me–but not quite. To my memory, I don’t remember ever experiencing a dream that is primarily auditory. It was so vivid that I became obsessed with it upon awakening later this morning.
I figured the sonic boom sound might have been a branch that fell onto the roof. I walked outdoors with a flashlight to examine the yard and the roof. The yard was clear and so was the roof. Perhaps my mind misinterpreted the noise of a noisy vehicle passing by or did a supersonic jet actually overfly the town?
The telephone bell is more puzzling. The phone in question has been packed away. Also, I had disconnected the bell from the circuitry long ago. The modern phones in the house have distinctive chirping tones and my mobile is set only on vibrate. There were no messages nor voicemail messages on any of them this morning.
I’m of the mindset that the brain incorporates imaginary sounds during sleep that may or not be interpreted differently than it does during the waking state. In that case what I dream-heard may have been sounds of things that were completely unrelated to what they really were. Was the sonic boom an HVAC duct contracting? Was the phone bell the hoot owl that sometimes roosts nearby?
I don’t have any definitive answers to these questions. I just wanted to mention the auditory-only dream because it was so out of the ordinary. There is also the off-chance that readers of this blog have experienced something similar.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes American public radio personality, Ira Glass. “In radio, you have two tools. Sound and silence.”