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When I was little I was afraid of ghosts and would sleep every night with my arms and legs out so the ghosts wouldn't have any room to sleep on my bed.

Anon
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i used to believe that z's came out of your mouth when you slept. so for many years i pretended to be asleep and open one of my eyes the tiniest bit to catch those cheeky z's escaping.

Lauren
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When I was a kid, I used to believe that ducks walked across your face at night and poop, and that's where eye crusties came from. I used to try and stay up as late as I could to try and see the duck.

Anon
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I used to believe there was a ‘dream plan’, whereby all my dreams had already been scheduled for life. I tried to resist taking a nap in the afternoon because if I had a nice dream that was scheduled for that night, I might end up having a nightmare later on when it was dark. I finally gave up on this belief when I realized that just the opposite might happen as well.

Bel Seslaf, Brazil
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when i was small, i thought if i don't sleep then morning wouldn't come..

lily
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As a child i lived in a very hot country , and so during the summer , my mom would make me and my sister have afternoon naps! i was a very hyper child ...and always put up a fight when sleeping time came...In Tehran ( the city i was living in) trucks go through streets selling salt during the afternoon and screaming namakee namakee ( salt salt) ..and so to scare me ...my mom told me that if i didn't sleep agha namakee ( mr. salt) would come and take me away ...and then would turn me into salt and sell me ! I slept every day from that day on ( or acted as though i did) ... and every time i saw salt ... looked at it closely to see if i could see any children ! i actually came face to face with mr.salt once ... i peed myself!

Naz
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Back when I was little (In preschool), I thought that moms and dads (and all adults) didn't go to sleep. They were awake before me, and stayed up after I fell asleep. so logically, grown-ups must not go to sleep at night!

One time we were playing some make-believe game, and when it was "bed-time" we would pretend to sleep,
except for the dad: "I'm the dad, so I don't sleep"
We all seemed to agree on that without question.

Now that I think about it, that sounds like something someone might say to sound manly:

"Real men don't sleep" :D

Lucas
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I used to believe that people always snore when they sleep (I blame my father for this one). So when my mother would come to see if I was awake in the morning, I would perform the "realistic" snore I practiced...it went something like this: Ho-pish-shish-shh. I've never heard anyone snore like that, but I thought I was totally fooling her because my snore was so good.

quiet sleeper
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I used to believe that if you woke up fast enough you could see youself sleeping. I still havent been proven wrong.

Anon
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I used to believe that when humans slept, our spirits came out to play and fly around the earth all night, and we wouldn't wake up unless the spirit decided to come back inside of us. I thought that dreams weren't really dreams but all the things that our spirits had done and seen while they were flying around.

Jennifer
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I used to think that if you could somehow get your hand to take a picture with a camera while you were dreaming, the picture would be from your dream world when you developed it.

Anon
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i used to believe that i had to sleep so that i could live the life of my other soul on the other side of the world.

emily
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I used to think that when you slept, you stoped breathing. I would pretend to be asleep when my parents came into my room, and hold my breath. I would end up gasping for breath, revieling that I was awake.

Anon
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As I would lie in bed waiting to get to sleep, I could hear my pulse / heartbeat. Quite normal. But I didn't understand that it was my pulse and concocted the fiction that the sound was actually footsteps. Specifically, the footsteps of a man (moustached, wearing a safari outfit) who was walking his way from Africa to my house and who would kill me when he got there. Fortunately, I figured that Africa was so far away it'd take him a couple of years to get to me. I felt safe knowing that I had at least a couple of years to live (*rolls eyes*).

David
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when i was younger, i thought a flood was when water filled your house to the ceiling in all the rooms. i couldnt swim, so i usually slept with my water wings on my arms. i didnt want my mom to know i was scared for some reason, so when she asked me why i sleep with the water wings, i told her i wore them because they kept me warm.

christi
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The whole world sleeps at the same time

Rebekah Senko
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Once when I was like in second grade, our teacher told the class that without the sun there would be no life on the planet. Because of this I believed that sleeping at night was really dying because the sun was out and then coming back to life when the sun came up.

Melissa
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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.

William Paul
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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.

Katie
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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.

Shadowmaiden
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