Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Polysomnography Test #4

Professional sleep test #4 last night.

Yep, it's been a month filled with sleep tests for this project. The first two tests had less than favorable results, so they decided to try to test in my home. The first night of remote in-home recording didn't go so well, but last night I felt very comfortable with all the wires and the procedure. I wasn't nervous at all.

I had lots of vivid dreams during the night, which makes it seem very promising. And although studies say there's no direct link to dreaming and sleep talking (as somniloquy occurs during both REM and non-REM sleep) I feel like my mind was more active last night, and I think that's good.

In fact, I dreamed about the test! I dreamed that I woke up immediately after talking in my sleep, rejoiced, took note of the time and went back to sleep. When I "woke up," I went to check the audio and video around that time (119 minutes) and was surprised to find there was a water tank or some large body of water outside my bedroom window, and moments before I talked, a man and woman in SCUBA gear were floating outside my window, looking in at me. The weird part of this, other than the obvious, is that in the video, I became aware of their presence and sort of woke up--and that's when I spoke--like, directly into the camera. This is strange, because I do not think of myself as awake when I talk--in my sleep. But I was definitely still asleep--in my dream--just in a different state.

When I actually woke up, I just HAD to check the audio file at 119 minutes, even though I knew it was just a dream. Wishful thinking, I suppose.

--not that I want people in SCUBA gear swimming outside my window anytime soon. Don't be getting any ideas.

I've never videoed myself during sleep talk, and I can't wait to see how my body physically reacts when talking happens. Hopefully, I can gain some level of copyright to the media, so I can display the results here.

Pardon me while I wash the electro-conductive paste from my hair.

10 Jun 2007 - "Looked like it was dangerous"

28 Jun 2007 - "Gumbo"


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