Dreamification (n) - the act of seamlessly converting sounds and events of daily living into dreams for the express purpose of preserving sleep.
I opened my eyes. My heart was pounding, I was drenched with perspiration and found myself in my own bed. It wasn’t until I turned on a light to reassure myself that there were not any teeth marks, broken skin or blood that I was convinced that my dream was not real.
It was hard to go back to sleep after that. I started considering other dreams I have had that successfully incorporated an outside event into the landscape of my dream. For instance, my alarm may be ringing, but in my dream, it is the bell between high school My phone might ding to indicate a text, but I rework it into a ship’s bell. The lawn mower becomes an ultralight that I am flying to an unrevealed destination. This particular ability to convert everyday noises into part of a dream so that I do not have to wake up is not unique to me. Friends and family members all report their own experience of, well, let’s turn it into a noun.......dreamification. The verb? Dreamify.
In my case, I was dreamifying the pain in my joints by ascribing it to a gathering of hungry squirrels. Initially, it was better than waking up. However, as it turned out, I dreamified too vividly and it caused me to wake up.