Created By: bulmabriefs144 on September 23, 2012 Last Edited By: bulmabriefs144 on September 27, 2012

Compressed Dream

The time you have been asleep, and the time you actually lost are different

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After having a Dream Within a Dream several times (all of which involve you hitting your alarm clock), you finally awake an hit your alarm clock. It's only 8:10. Forget it, you say, it's time to just sleep through the alarm clock and blow off everything. You're self-employed anyway.

In your dream, you hear the alarm in the background but tune it out, dreaming for hours and hours of some legendary mystical forest which you search for the Seven Triangles of Time. After finding the last one, you hear the faint buzz of your alarm clock, which must have been persistent because that happened ten hours ago. You wake up. It's 8:20.

This is where time passes at a vastly different rate in dreams, give experiences of hours, days, months, or even years, in only a fraction of the time. The inverse is also an example, but one wonders why you'd waste your time like that. Related to Narnia Time.


Examples:

Film
  • Dark City: Murdock has a dream implant that helps the main character master Tuning, running several lifetimes to teach the skill. It was supposed to be a quick dream implant that was supposed to make him simply lose his memories of Tuning, because he was a threat to the aliens who made the city. Even though it is short compared to its actual length, it runs much longer than a simple dream should.
  • Dreams in Inception move 12 times faster the further down you go.

Live-Action TV
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Inner Light", Picard lives about thirty years in an alien-device-induced dream world while half an hour or so goes by in real time.
  • The Twilight Zone episode "Perchance to Dream". A man goes to sleep and has a long dream taking at least 15 minutes subjective time. It's later revealed that the dream only took a few seconds of real time.

Tabletop RPG
  • Call of Cthulhu supplement Dreamlands. When a character is asleep and exploring the Dreamlands, an hour of Earthly sleep roughly equals a week of Dreamlands time. However, this can vary widely depending on the situation.
  • In the Eberron campaign setting of Dungeons & Dragons time passes ten times faster in Dal Quor, the plane of dreams.

Webcomics
  • El Goonish Shive has one of these. Ellen gets 18 years of her life in an alternate dimension through her dreams.

Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • September 23, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    • El Goonish Shive has one of these. Ellen gets 18 years of her life in an alternate dimension through her dreams.
  • September 23, 2012
    pikachukid
    • Dreams in Inception move 12 times faster the further down you go.
  • September 23, 2012
    robinjohnson
    • In the Star Trek The Next Generation episode The Inner Light, Picard lives about thirty years in an alien-device-induced dream world while half an hour or so goes by in real time.
  • September 23, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Related to Narnia Time.
  • September 24, 2012
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • The Twilight Zone episode "Perchance to Dream". A man goes to sleep and has a long dream taking at least 15 minutes subjective time. It's later revealed that the dream only took a few seconds of real time.

    Tabletop RPG
    • Call Of Cthulhu supplement Dreamlands. When a character is asleep and exploring the Dreamlands, an hour of Earthly sleep roughly equals a week of Dreamlands time. However, this can vary widely depending on the situation.
  • September 24, 2012
    Stratadrake
    We're going to need a better title here. When I see "Time Distorting Dream" I keep thinking that the dream has (realworld) time-distorting powers. Nope, this is simply about dream time being out of synch with real time (like how Narnia Time also is).
  • September 25, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    Decided to call it compressed dream. To the outside person only like 5 min were gone, but inside the dream it "decompresses" to its full length.
  • September 25, 2012
    zarpaulus
    Tabletop Games

    By the way, this one ebook on lucid dreaming claimed that time in dreams passes no faster than in the real world, it just seems like it does because your brain skips over the boring parts. Kind of like how a tv show or movie can cover days or years in a couple hours.
  • September 26, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    I don't buy that. I've had extended dreams in only about ten minutes (they were between chimes of my alarm clock). I also maintain that lucid dreaming takes longer than regular dreaming, and is more difficult to compress, since you're actively engaged in the process.

    There are some dreams that actually do end up the same time, and are just a matter of skipping details. Then there are some that your body actually feels like you've slept for hours (and there is enough detail to add up to a great deal of time asleep), and you ask "how long was I out?" and the answer turns out to be only 15 min.
  • September 26, 2012
    TBeholder
    ^^ "lucid dreaming" doesn't equal normal REM-sleep. Heh. :]
  • September 26, 2012
    Aries
    This is still Truth In Television, no matter the reason. We all have experienced this, and many times it seems like we have been dreaming longer than we have been sleep.
  • September 26, 2012
    lilliterra
    Definitely 'Truth In Television'.
  • September 27, 2012
    Chabal2
    There's an SCP that does this, constructing elaborate fantasy worlds in the dreamer's head. One researcher spent the equivalent of two hundred years in it, and commited suicide the next day because "he couldn't go back to this", leaving the SCP wracked with guilt. (The writeup was kind enough to inform us that the researcher was an avid role-playing game fan).

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