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When you hear the word ‘dream’, it’s usually associated with something positive, right? For example, people often refer to their real-life aspirations as ‘dreams’, or describe their ideal partner as their ‘dream boy’ or ‘dream girl’. This notion that dreams are inherently positive is possibly the biggest lie ingrained in modern day society. Okay, maybe not the biggest lie, but it’s right up there with the Illuminati being a hoax and the ridiculous notion that Nickelback’s music sucks (seriously, so many people claim to hate them, but try putting them on at a house party and suddenly everyone starts ‘ironically’ singing along. HOW DO YOU EVEN KNOW THE LYRICS IF YOU’RE BEING IRONIC, HUH? Okay, I’m getting sidetracked).

But yeah, dreams suck. More than that, though, they’re dangerous. Have you ever had a dream where one of your close family members has died? That’s stressful enough — waking up in a hot sweat and panicked state only to discover that, PSYCH, your brain was playing a trick on you and decided that the evening’s entertainment was going to be of the ‘personally-affecting horror’ genre. Well, imagine waking up and your family member actually is dead, and you killed them.

This is called homicidal somnambulism, and there are many reported cases. William Pollard for example, was a farmer who dreamed he was fighting off a marauding stranger. Upon waking, he had killed his daughter.

Chief Inspector Robert Ledru was a man of law, who was investigating a murder in the 1880s. In a plot-twist worthy of M. Night Shyamalan, he discovered he himself had committed the murder in his sleep and subsequently turned himself in.

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And these aren’t isolated cases, there are plenty more. So, the next time you watch a horror movie at night and get worried that you won’t be able to sleep, think rather, that you should be worried once you do get to sleep, because the human mind (and most of you possess one of those, I’m told) can be unreliable and deadly when left to its own devices.

Of course, it would be remiss of me not to mention that some good has come out of dreams. For example, Nikolas Tesla’s alternating current generator was reportedly inspired by a dream, as was Larry Page’s idea for Google. As for Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech, I’m pretty sure he didn’t actually go to sleep one night and see that some day his children would “live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.” I reckon he just thought that would make a punchy one-liner.

Rating: Worse than Nickelback out of 5 stars