Students at South are having very weird dreams, and it may be due to sleep deprivation. From pop singers to real moments of deja vu, student’s have anything but pleasant dreams. The scariest part however, is that it may be entirely preventable.
“If I had more sleep, my dreams would be less messed up and scary,” freshman Georgia Clark said.
Clark recalled her strangest dream occurred in eighth grade. In it, she was coming to Thousand Oaks from school on the bus, when she noticed the letters on a stone sign that normally held the neighborhood’s insignia was replaced by a large “1” written in blood.
As the bus progressed, another sign appeared with “2,” and waiting at her stop was a big red “1”. That’s as far as the dream got before Clark awoke. She says the dream could be connected to a scary movie she watched by herself earlier that night.
Freshman Kian Comstock had an equally odd experience his sixth grade year, but was a bit on the lighter side. He dreamt he was eating mini cheeseburgers while singing a song by Iggy Azalea. Comstock related the cheese burgers to an eating problem, but could find no relevance the pop singer could have had.
“It was definitely something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Comstock said.
Most people think of dreams as only affecting them while we’re in them, but that wasn’t the case for freshman Kacy Lewallen. Her strangest dream included her neighbor tying a jump rope to a child’s play-tractor. All seemed well until the next day, when it actually happened. Lewallen claims she saw her neighbor do all the events depicted in her dream the following morning.
“I do not believe in the paranormal, but it was very out of the ordinary,” said Lewallen.
All of the dreams from students are obviously very strange, but can this be prevented? When a separate set of three students who said they do not experience strange dreams was asked how much sleep they got per school night, the average was seven hours.
However, when the group experiencing strange dreams was asked the same question, the average was eight.
Could this extra hour be the deciding factor of how your night will play out?
Both groups said they would not benefit from more hours of sleep before school, both in their dreams and in real life. Comstock said dreams are the least of his worries, as there are more physical benefits of longer sleep such as being alert and not sore.
“I don’t think dreams would be different with more sleep, only longer,” said Comstock.
Regardless if it can be stopped or not, students at South are having anything but sweet dreams.