Know something I would love to know?
How is it that we stop listening in our sleep? Hearing is, as you all know, something that we cannot shut off, like we can sight. We can't close our ears and stop. Obviously we can drown out other noise - fingers in ears "I'm not listening...LALALALALALALALA"
Here's the reason. I listen to podcasts sometimes when I can't sleep, and on vacation I was somewhat book deprived (didn't bring enough) and I was sometimes listening at night instead of reading. Sort of like having a story read to you before bed.
The fancy shmancy ipod though, doesn't recognise when I've gone to sleep the way that my folks did when I was little, and so it goes on and on and on through all the podcasts I've downloaded for that show till it comes to an end. A real battery killer that can be.
As I result, I normally chose the last podcast in a list, so that if I doze off, as I so often do, it doesn't go on infinitely. Last night though, I really wanted to listen to this new - to me - podcast, 99% Invisible, which is supremely cool. All about design and how design impacts on our lives, and the fact that good design is indeed, 99% invisible.
Anyway, I had downloaded all the shows, and was about 2/3 through, they're short....and I really wanted to listen. So I did.
Then this morning, I had to figure out where I went to sleep (near the end) and I relistened to the last 4 or 5.
And I was amazed.
How is it, when these stories were being poured directly into my brain from ear buds, that I have no recollection of them. None. The ear was still functioning, but something neurological inside was simply switched right off. The difference between hearing and listening....but how is it that we can hear and so completely not listen. I get it when we're awake, you simple aren't paying attention, so maybe it is an extreme form of this inattention, but still......
I would love to know if we respond to stories in our sleep, but simply have absolutely no recall. None.
We do respond to extreme sounds in our sleep, and we are roused....a noise in the house and you wake up, not sure why......
I still whisper to my kids that I love them, even though they're sleeping. Maybe somewhere deep inside they hear it and know.
I don't understand how they can't.