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I was led to believe by my parents that I would only grow while I was sleeping before midnight. Thus, the earlier I went to bed the bigger I would grow.
i used to believe that if i kept my mouth open while sleeping I would swallow either a spider (which you do 7 times a year average) or a small monster looking to inhabit your body.
I used to believe that if you didn't go to sleep, the sun would never come up.
When i was young i used to lay my head on my pillow and listen to the tv in the next room. after a while when i was getting really tired i would start hearing this kind of "ba-boom, ba-boom, ba-boom" and i knew it was a heartbeat. what i diddnt know was tha it was MY heartbeat. i was so sure that there must be a camel living in my pillowcase that i screamed, turned on the light, and threw my pillow out the door. well, think of it from my parents perspective. a little girl screamind and siddenly a huge triangular-green pillow flying towards them. yeah i was a nutcase. after being assured that there were NO camels whatsoever inside my pillow (which was now on the floor) i went back to bed. well sure enough i heard the "ba-boom, ba-boom, ba-boom" again and diciden it was simply that the camel was obviously playing soccer and i decided not to disturb him
When I was younger, I would sit at the top of the stairs in the middle of the night, listening to my dad snore. I always thought he had a minature lawnmower in his throat (which was obviously why he snored so loud) that would turn on when he was asleep and shave his face.
...What an odd child I was.
I used to think that if you had a dream with another person in it, they too would have that same dream. One day, I went to school and thought that everyone would know that I had a dream of a certain boy- (in my dream everyone was there).
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!
When I was younger, my sister told me that when you reached the age of 12, you had to take your head off to go to sleep. I actually believed her....such a loser. In all fairness though...she is 14 years older than me, and i was very very little. It still freaked me out though, and i was scared to go into her or my parents room when they were asleep...in case their heads weren't attached
I used to believed that when I went to sleep my heart took a rest too, and didn't pump at all while I slept.
I used to believe that a prince would come at night and take me to his castle and we would get married so I made sure I always brushed my teeth and hair before I went to bed and fell asleep in a pretty pose.
I used to believe that while I slept, rats and mice would creep out of the walls, cut me in half, slide like a disc in, and magically stitch it all together... I figured if I couldn't see myself getting taller, that's how it must've happened.
I'm still amazed I didn't end up in an asylum.
I used to think that when you went to sleep, that was considered death. So, my friends would come over, and I'd say that I couldn't play, because my parents were dead.
When I was little I had a baby gate set up on my bed so I wouldn't fall off. One night I asked my sister what it was for, and she said it was a fence so monsters couldn't get to me, and I believed her. Later in my life (while I was still quiet young) my mom was in my room, said, "Oh, we don't need this anymore" and started to take it off. Then I started screaming and crying for her to leave it on, so she did, but was confused. I never let her take it off. I'm pretty sure if we hadn't moved, it'd still be there.
When i was a very small child, for some reason i had no idea that people closed their eyes when they fell asleep, though i knew that you coulnd't see. (I was a strange kid.) If i went to sleep in the living room, i would press my face against the back of the couch so that i couldn't see in order to get to sleep.
When I was a kid I believed the secure "self storage" businesses, that occasionally we drove past was a place where people went to be stored asleep in suspended animation, and awakened at a later date.
I used to believe that the crusties that appear in the corner of your eyes after you sleep came from a little duck walking across your face in the middle of the night that would poop in the corners of your eyes. I used to try to stay up as late as I could to try and catch it in the the act.
I used to believe that people dream because they have little TV screens on the inside of their eyelids.
Here's a belief that went way beyond childhood - my grandpa once mentioned to me how odd and unrealistic he finds it when fictional characters dream, since in real life dreams are only memories. Surprised, I informed him that most people's dreams aren't memories at all. He's spent his whole life dreaming only about things that had really happened to him and lived more than 70 years not realizing it wasn't that way for everyone else.
When I was still young enough to take naps (but not old enough to enjoy them), I would try anything to get out of sleeping, but my Mom always knew when I was faking. I asked her how she always knew, and she told me that when a person was really asleep, they stopped breathing. I could never hold my breath long enough to fake another nap again.
I would have extremely vivid dreams as a child, and fully believed that when I fell asleep I would be transported to another world and live my life there. One night I had a bit of a nightmare (I was falling) and I woke up sort of bouncing in my bed. From that point onward I was convinced that there was an extremely strange little city living above the cealing of my bed...and when just before I woke up every morning I would fall down from it.