Innerspring, pillow top, latex, memory foam, air mattresses, waterbeds, feather beds… - it is staggering how many different types of mattresses you can choose to be a pedestal for your resting body. Why are we so picky? Because there is a lot to pick from. A primordial man would make his bed out of fallen leaves, cover himself with an animal skin complete with its own resident insects, and sleep tight in a cozy corner of his cave. Biblical Jacob felt comfy using a stone for a pillow. Ancient Romans were falling asleep in a tub of water (and you thought, waterbed is a modern invention), and once the water got too cold they moved to a swaying hammock. But today the foundation for z-z-z is a matter of vital importance.

One-third of your life is spent sleeping, so in an average lifetime, you would have spent a total of about six years dreaming. That is more than 2,100 days in an alternative realm! Imagine if you could convert just 90 minutes of each day from sleep into productive time. That would give you an extra 10 hours each week. People who consider sleep a waste of time promote the Polyphasic sleep method. Train your body to enter deep sleep immediately. Take a 20 to 30 minute nap every 4 hours. This way you only need 2 hours of sleep per day. The polyphasic sleep is also known as ‘sleep of genius’ and is reported to be Leonardo Da Vinci’s sleep schedule. The pattern does not guarantee you’ll become a genius, but you’ll sure see more vivid and dramatic dreams.

We can’t underestimate the dreams. Dreams have been here as long as mankind. Back in the Roman Era, profound and significant dreams were submitted to the Senate for analysis and interpretation.

Everybody dreams. Literally, everybody! Simply because you do not remember your dream does not mean that you do not dream. In fact, you have several dreams during a normal night of sleep. On average, you can dream anywhere from one to two hours every night. Moreover, you can have four to seven dreams in one night. Unfortunately, five minutes after the end of the dream, half the content is forgotten. After ten minutes, 90% is lost, along with the greatest and craziest ideas that can visit us only in dreams. We need to write down our dreams the moment we wake up. We got to use dream mining for creative ideas.

- Dmitri Mendeleev came up with the periodic table of elements by dreaming it.
- Famous 18th century composer Giuseppe Tartini was only able to complete one of his masterpieces after remembering one trill from a dream.
- Charles Dickens gained the inspiration for many of his characters and plots from his dreams.
- Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” came from one of his inspirational dreams.
- Thomas Edison came up with some of his best inventions from his dreams.
- The 19th century chemist Kekule dreamed of a serpent eating its tale which inspired him to find the molecular arrangement of the benzene molecule.
- Paul McCartney said he woke up from a dream with the melody for “Yesterday” in his head and declared it the work of his subconscious.
- The Twilight’s Stephanie Meyer says the idea for her glittery vampires came to her in a dream.

What are our dreams? A personal message from our inner self to our outer self? A glimpse of some parallel reality? An odd compilation of bits and pieces of our memory? A review of events that we left unnoticed, while our brain still registered them in some secret file?

The word ‘dream’ stems from the Middle English word ‘dreme’ which means ‘joy’ and ‘music’. So, what about nightmares? Some kind of haunting music or masochistic joy? At least, they are not real. We can kill them by waking up.

We want to forget the bad dreams, prolong the sweet feeling of good dreams, laugh at stupid dreams and take advantage of creative snooze discoveries. For ages we are trying to interpret our dreams.

We can analyze dreams per Freud, per Jung, per Gestalt, or come up with our own interpretation. We can consult with clairvoyant specialists or use ‘Sleep dictionaries’. Sometimes these dictionaries give quite logical explanations. For instance, seeing a mattress in your dream represents your support system. So choose the best support for your life, at least for one-third of it – your dreams.

How did you dream last night? Probably, lying down.