Going to sleep should be more exciting for us. Who needs a Netflix show before bed when you’ve got dreams to look forward to?
I’ve dreamt of fighting Egyptian mummy-sorcerers, skiing to a mountain castle, and helping to keep a young child alive in a medical emergency. And for every crazy dream I forget, there’s always another interesting one coming down the line.
Dreams are fully engrossing in the moment and yet often have no negative impacts on our daily lives. They are top-notch virtual reality machines and a fine way to “do something” while our bodies rest and regenerate.
We don’t understand much about why we dream, but that’s what makes dreaming so exciting. The dream world is one of the final frontiers of human understanding – and insofar as it *feels* like a place in our dreams, it *is* one. Where else can everyman go every day to experience an unexpected, ever-changing range of experience in terror, delight, profundity, and the bizarre? Going to sleep is an adventure, in this perspective.
If we’re dreaming well, bedtime should be just another act of any full day of living. And (I think) if we’re living intensely, living healthily, and sleeping long enough, we’ll tend to have some dreams worth sleeping through.