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when i was a kid i used to beleive that if you told sumeone your dream it wouldn't come true...of course the only dreams that i had were ones in my sleep...so if i had a bad dream then i would tell my mom so it wouldn't come true...hehe
I used to think that when you went to sleep, your dreams were accualy real. One time I had one of those "falling" dreams, and I could of sworn my body fell onto my bed a second after I woke up...
When I was very young, my mother told me not to sleep with the bedsheets over my head because it would make me have trouble getting enough air. After she told me that, I was very careful to make sure I never fell asleep with a sheet covering my head for fear that I would not get enough air and die in my sleep.
When I was really little and trying to fall asleep, I would lay with my ear to the pillow, listening to my heartbeat. I used to think that there was a giant marching through my ear (don't ask me how a giant got in my ear) and if I rolled over to the other side, he would escape and eat me. I didn't get much sleep during that period.
when my bro was 6 my grandma said she was so tired she would "die" that night. my bro was always going around saying his gramdma had died and came back from the dead until my mom told him it was just a saying and it meant she was going to sleep good!
When I was 3, I used to think that when people were sleeping that they were temporarily dead. So whenever my mom, dad or sister took naps or fell asleep before I did, I'd run outside to find any sort of flower looking plant and place them on the bodies. Also when they woke up, I'd ask them what they dreamed about because I thought dreams were the mind's interpretation of Heaven or Hell. I have no idea how these thoughts came to be, but I did this until I went to kindergarten.
When I was little, my parents would get me to go to bed by calling it "Mrs. White's Party" I can't believe I fell for that more than once; I believed that there was a Mrs. White (actually the sheets), and she had me spirited away to a party after I fell asleep. I believed that she waved a wand or something to make me forget there hadn't been a party.
I used to believe that if I left my clothes in the floor when I went to sleep they would turn into me and kill me to take my place.
When I was little I used to believe that when you fell asleep you would forget everything you did that day. I don't know how this was possible but I remember trying to remember things to prevent me forgetting them before drifting of.
I shared a room with my little sister, and mum told us to have a competition to see who could go to sleep first. I told my sister that I would know when she was asleep, because at the instant a person falls aslepp, they making a mooing noise like a cow. For months afterwards, she made this noise every night, to try and trick me into thinking she'd fallen asleep before me!
I used to have the WORST time trying to get to sleep, I thought that if I face the wall, my mom would come in and spank me while I slept, and that if I slept facing the door, a robber would shoot me. Dont ask me why. Im odd.
I remember always thinking that when I went to sleep, my eyes would roll in the back of my head and watch a movie of what I did during the day (a dream).
I used to believe that when i went to sleep i would be in a different world and when i woke up the things i would have bought would be there with me but sadly to my disappointment, they never were!
I used to belive all grown ups went to bed at midnight.
I used to insist that I never slept, because I couldn't remember being asleep.
When I was a kid my mum used to say "sleep tight, hope the lops don't bite" [bedbugs]. For years I thought "the lops" were actually giant fishfingers.
My mom used to tell me that if I took a nap that when I woke up there would be a fallen star outside. As soon as I would wake from a nap I would look out the window but there was never a star there so I figured that I must not have napped long enough.
My 3 year old thinks that dreams are things "getting in his eyes." While it's funny, it has lead to some long nights, trying to get him to go back to sleep!
my cousin told me when I was young, that if I wore socks when I sleep that I would loose my toes. To this day I still won't wear socks when I sleep. Just in case.
I used to believe that we only breathed when we were asleep, since I only "heard" myself breathing when I was lying down.