People Are Sleeping On Sleep

You can get to some really strange mental places just by manipulating sleep, or at least I can.

Try this experiment:

  1. Pick out a musical album that's an hour to an hour and a half long, that you've listened to many times and know inside and out.
  2. Wait until you're a little tired. Refrain from the influence of substances.
  3. Go into bed and under the covers (important), turn out the lights, and do nothing except close your eyes and listen to the music. Really give it attention. Put the album on loop.
  4. Eventually you will fall asleep and wake up with the music still playing.
  5. You will have forgotten anything ever existed except the music, similar to how when you wake up after a nap you forget what anything is for a minute. Really strange things happen at this point, at least to me, including visions to full on delusions. I once did this experiment and convinced myself I had been reborn into "New Cole" which made all the sense in the world at the time. I should probably say don't do this if you don't feel you are mentally stable.
Another interesting sleep-induced mental state is something I am pretty sure is unique to me, and cannot be replicated, and I do not wish to replicate it anyway. Occasionally I will wake up in the middle of the night sweating, nauseous with an upset stomach. That's not the only thing. Something about the interrupted sleep and the sensory deprivation makes my brain go completely haywire. I often get songs playing very vividly in my head during this, and random phrases repeating in my head, I randomly think nonsense that feels like it makes a lot of sense ("I have 20 stomachs"). I usually end up vomiting. It hasn't happened in a while and I hope it doesn't happen again, it is quite unpleasant.

There are a myriad of other places you can get with sleep, I may describe them in other posts.

I am not mentally ill or not "all there", despite the content of what I post. If you talked to me in person you'd know I am quite coherent, I just don't want to give off the wrong message.

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Probably the most interesting post I've seen on SpaceHey so far.

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