|Art by Ada|
Have you ever noticed what time of day it is in your dreams? Is the time setting even identifiable as an actual time of day or is in a twilight zone of dream time?
I can recall a few dreams which I know were nighttime settings. For one thing it was dark. Also there was some factor that indicated to me that it was night. These dreams always have to do with something frightening or ominous.
In the night dreams I can often see something awful happening in the distance. There are lights in distant buildings that tell me that it is night. Sometimes the setting seems to be during a time of war and other settings seem to be usually a vague disaster or crime. Though I feel a sense of dread or even a fear, I am not terrified to extent of waking up. The feeling is more like one that I might have while really getting into a scary movie and suspending all disbelief to the extreme. It's an almost theatrical fear bordering the edge of the real thing.
The majority of my dreams seem to be occurring in a sort of daytime setting. I don't recall ever actually seeing the sun or even the day time sky in these dreams. In a sense these dreams seem to take place indoors on a movie sound stage. In fact my dreams are almost like movies--movies that make little logical sense. But they hold my interest and are usually rather entertaining.
Night? Day? Some ambiguous undefinable dream time? Does it matter which? I wonder if there is any significance when the time is identifiable or specified. Unless the time setting has a specific bearing upon the dream story, I don't think the time means anything in particular.
In a dream I may find that I'm late for something, but I don't ever recall knowing what time it is during the dream or what time I'm supposed to be somewhere. The time itself never seems to have any importance, only the dream activity. The state of being late, the anxiety of trying to get somewhere on time seems to be the main factor of the dream. Feelings seem to trump specific details.
Since dreams for the most part do not rely on any tangible fact or accuracy of time and space then the dream state is probably more a sensate realm of feeling and emotions. The visual aspect of dreaming is merely symbolic cuing triggered by those feelings, releasing memories of our experiences and the perceptions of things we know.
Do you usually associate your dreams with any particular time of day? Do you find "dream nighttime" to be frightening? Is the concept of light or dark noticeable in your dreams?