Melatonin Dreams

My dreams are strange at the best of times, but when I take Melatonin to help me sleep, I seem to descend into a Seuss-like subbasement of my subconscious, a place where only Salvador Dali would feel at home.

One time I dreamed that there were several giraffes walking on water, headed straight toward my drawbridge. I was afraid I wouldn’t get the bridge opened on time, but I did. As a matter of fact, I opened it so quickly that it flew apart and came crashing down, tons of concrete and steel missing me by inches. And yet the giraffes ambled on, without so much as a fare-thee-well. They must have been late for a very important date. The nerve of some water-walking mammals.

Dreams like that make me avoid Melatonin. I only take it as a last resort, when I’m so desperate to sleep that any warped delusion is superior to tossing and turning. It never fails to knock me out. It just leaves my unconscious mind to fend for itself.

But I can’t really blame the Melatonin, can I? I mean, it didn’t put that imagery in my brain. It had to have been there all along. The Melatonin simply sets it free.

And that makes me wonder what else is lurking in my mental warehouse. I bet there are creatures in there that I have yet to encounter. Beings with magical powers that I hope are used for good, not evil. People and things that are capable of walking on Escher’s staircases. Floating islands of thought, drifting in a psychedelic sea of creativity.

It kind of makes me feel as though I’m carrying around, deep within me, a savory stew of untapped potential. It’s strange to think that there are places in my head where I have never been, where the rules of physics are merely suggestions, and anything could happen.

How exciting! How scary.

19 Salvador Dali Mysterious Mouth Appearing in the Back of My Nurse, 1941

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4 thoughts on “Melatonin Dreams

  1. lyn sutton

    I thought NyQuil produced that dream. Wait, did you mix it with melatonin because that would definitely contribute to Daliesque dreams. While nightmares and vivid dreams are side effects, other factors should be considered. Please be careful… https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/melatonin-and-sleep/page/0/1 (see appropriate dosage)

    A collaboration between Seuss, Dali and Escher would be fascinating though. They were contemporaries so… time travel to facilitate that union? I like to think anything’s possible even outside of our heads.

  2. lyn sutton

    Check your ‘Thoughts from a Drug-Addled Brain’ post. That’s where you originally wrote about water walking giraffes and Nyquil. 🙂

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