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When I was 5 or so, my dad used to tell me that if I wasn't asleep by midnight, I would turn into a pumpkin. I was so scared because I didn't know he was joking.
When I was four, I discovered that I didn't breath through my mouth when I was sleeping (you must realize that back then I didn't know that I could breath through my nose). So every night for the next week or so, when I got into bed I'd close my eyes and hold my breath in a fail attempt to fall asleep. The result: Every night I nearly suffocated myself trying to sleep.
Do not try this at home.
I used to think that when people were born, they immediatley fell sound asleep upon arriving in their home, and that the life you're living now is really a dream that you're REAL self--the baby--is having. For instance, if your eight years old, you're really a baby that's been asleep for eight hours having a very elaborate dream. When you died, your baby self woke up and continuted on with life, meaning you actually lived twice. I knew for sure I was just asleep, because when you woke up, you remembered your whole life as a dream. I had yet to wake up and remember my life as a dream.
When I have a bad dream about bugs, I wake up and think that the bugs are crawling around in my bed. Then I can not fall asleep, and I crumble into a ball to keep from the bugs.
I used to believe that when ou were in a dream, you were in a far off land that you could not get out of unless someone woke you up, This bacame a problem cause whaen you think that it happens and i can't get out of my own nightmares
When I was a real little kid (3-4) my mom told me one night when I woke up from a bad dream that if I went to the bathroom and went pee, I would pee the dream into the toilet and flush it away. It worked. I am 34 and it still works. I tryed using it on my own kids. They don't believe me.
My sister used to think that if she put goldy locks and the three bears book on her head while she was sleeing should would dream about them! When my mom told me that I almost died laughing and teased her the rest of the day.
When i was little i used to think that when you slept you could accidentaly swallow your tongue...so every night i would pinch my tongue between my teeth until i just fell asleep.
When I went to sleep, I usually slept on my side, so I could hear my pulse. I always thought that it was some army marching, but I never figured out where it was. I think that I also thought it someone saying "Thank You" over and over agian.
my first bad dream was about this big scary-ass cloud of smoke that came into my room to get me. When I told my parents in the morning they told me not to worry it was just a nightmare. For years I thought that nightmares were scary-ass clouds of smoke that occasionally came into your room and got you.
Once my mom told me that I woke up one night screaming "bloody murder". I didn't know that saying, so I thought I literally was yelling "bloody murder". I told all my friends at school what I screamed.
I was once told that whatever you dreamed was what you would be later in life. Ex: If you dreamed about murdering somebody, you would grow up to be a murderer. This still terrifies me as I have dreams involving kidnapping and murder.
I use to believe that while I was asleep a mini choo choo train went through one ear and out the other. I stayed up several nights trying to catch it happening, but I never did.lol
when i was younger i thought when you go to sleep if you put your arms across your chest and cross them you would die! so stupid!
I used to believe that when you slept it was like you were temporarily dead and that your dreams were stuff that were happening to your soul when it was out of the body, in Heaven.
I woke up one night when I was about four and decided I was cold, so I put on my thickest Aron (kind of wool) cardigan and got into bed. Two minutes later my mum came in a saw me. She got me up and changed, cos as she said, I would have melted in that. For many (believe me - too many!)I believed that I would have melted into a puddle and materialisd somewhere else!!!!!
For years and years I used to believe that when you fell asleep, you died and that a new you inherited your body and all your memories. I was so scared to go to sleep on Christmas Eve and the night before my birthday because I thought it would actually be the new me who got to experience the day rather than the me that I was that particular day. I'd try to stay awake all night and outsmart the new me so I could experience a longer lifetime than other people and so I wouldn't lose Christmas or my birthday to whoever took over my body.
This isn't so much childhood belief as childhood logic.
When I was a kid and I was dreaming I was always terrified at the fact that I couldn't figure out whether I was dreaming or not. But one day I realised that whatever you don't want to happen in dreams is generally what happens. So I took a fear I used to have as a child of being scared of gorillas to overcome this.
When ever I was sleeping and not quite sure whether I was or not I would use reverse psycology on my subconscious mind and repeat the words "I hope a gorilla doesn't show up" over and over, and if one appeared I realised I was in a dream and had nothing to be worried about.
When the house was silent and i was in bed, i could hear my own pulse but because i had a strange imagination i thought that it was a giant man comin to kill me but i was protected my an alarm. The only thing that got me to sleep was the thought that he doesnt know my alarm code. I was still scared though.
When i was 3 i was visitng family in the dominian republic with my mom. at my grandma's house she has a big grandfather clock. My mom told me that if i didn't fall asleep before i hard the midnight chime that cinderella would come and take me to the ball with her and i could never come back. i was so scared i couldnt sleep so when i heard the clock strike 12 i ran to my aunts room and fell asleep under the chair thinking i out smarted cinderella. i was such a spaz