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nightmare preventer

Detect nightmares and pour noise on them.
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This device would use biological signs of distress such as altered breathing patterns, breath chemistry, and skin temperature to detect a nightmare state and wake you up.
Voice, Jul 25 2010

The opposite idea Please_2c_20just_20let_20me_20sleep
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       How would the user be awoken ? A clammy hand, cold as the grave, on their arm ? The sound of a bat fluttering round the room, which suddenly changes to the soft step of patent leather shoes ? Groaning, clanking chains and rattling bones ?
8th of 7, Jul 25 2010
  

       Chainsaw.
swimswim, Jul 25 2010
  

       If one had those signs, I'm wondering if they would already be started on their nightmare, therefore showing those signs...so rather than preventing them, you are waking them during it... or am I misunderstanding?
xandram, Jul 25 2010
  

       my thoughts exactly [xandram]
po, Jul 25 2010
  

       Why would anyone want to interrupt a perfectly good nightmare??
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 25 2010
  

       Anything preventing one from using this wonderful device during the day? I'm just saying...   

       and,   

       //...pour noise on them...// So if I WERE to use it during the day, could I have my choice of noise, then?   

       (Things Not Going Well in a Staff Meeting <<< FIRE ALARM)   

       (Scary Movie <<< LOUD FARTING NOISES)   

       Bun. [+]
Grogster, Jul 25 2010
  

       The paradox of the Arabian Nightmare: If you suffer in your sleep, and have no memory of it in the morning, have you really suffered?   

       The question is important, in the context of this idea, because waking someone up in the middle of a dream* is the best way to ensure they remember it.   

       *and keeping them awake for a while afterwards.
mouseposture, Jul 25 2010
  

       Personally, I miss nightmares, which I haven't had (or at least remembered) for years. People go on rollercoasters and jump out of aircraft specifically to feel terrified without dying. Nightmares are the same.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 25 2010
  

       LSD might help. More of a 'lost it in the wash' type strategy, but hey why not?
daseva, Jul 25 2010
  

       is there a difference between a nightmare and a bad dream? I have weird dreams all of the time and enjoy remembering them all. still tasting the great chocolate I ate in last night's and wondering why I was frying eggs and putting them in plastic boxes...
po, Jul 26 2010
  

       Maybe your definition of a 'bad dream' is, well, bad.   

       My last nightmare involved hiding in a hospital with Anthony Hopkins ala Silence of the Lambs, him forcing me with a short blade to lie adjacent to a dead body under the covers so that the nurse could take a real pulse, then jumping out of the only window in the room and running to a nearby gas station where the zombie attendant jumped at my face with a bloody dog-like mouth of teeth and eating my face until I woke up.   

       Sorry if the visuals impart any likewise dream states.
daseva, Jul 26 2010
  

       makes my eggs look tame. LOL
po, Jul 26 2010
  

       I still dream vividly and have the occasional nightmare, but I never have nightmares like the ones I had as a child. I would wake up from those ones absolutely livid, but still half-asleep so I would see ghostly figures in my room like a headless woman going through various movements, or a young girl who would stand there staring then move abruptly towards my bed. Sometimes I would completely wake up when this happened and stare bug-eyed into the darkness hoping they wouldn't reappear. Other times I would close my eyes tightly and then fall back asleep into the nightmare I was having. Those were probably night terrors, rather than nightmares, but I'd like to experience them again.
rcarty, Jul 26 2010
  

       that kind of experience could explain ghosts.
po, Jul 26 2010
  

       What [rcarty] said is true for me, also. As a kid, the nightmares scared me, as an adult, I find them entertaining!!
xandram, Jul 26 2010
  

       //wondering why I was frying eggs and putting them in plastic boxes...//   

       That's strange. I was wondering who left all these fried eggs in boxes.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 26 2010
  

       <2010>   

       "Will I dream, Dave ?"   

       </2010>
8th of 7, Jul 26 2010
  
      
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