Other senses in dreams

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  1. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I had a dream last night in which I could taste my food. Never done that before.

    I was eating some sandwich or burger or something that had chunks of white cheese on it.
    When I took a bite though, instead of savory cheese, it was sweet, like the cream in an Easter Cream egg. It caught me off guard.

    I said to my friends "How long has that glob been hanging from my chin?"

    (Full disclosure: I had been eating cream-filled chocolates earlier that day.)

    Anyone experience senses other than sight, sounds and touch in dreams?
     
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  3. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    Not very often. Taste and smell are apparently not well cross-referenced in the mental archive. Even touch, I've found, is limited to overall sensations, like wetness or pressure, rather than nuanced textures.
    When you actually smell or taste something in waking life, the sense evokes all kinds of associated memories, but not the other way around. I suspect the taste-memory which prompted that dream was a physical one - some lingering molecules under your tongue? That's the only kind of taste and smell dream experiences I've had: physical traces of something I had encountered not long before falling asleep. I suspect a nocturnal belch.
     
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  5. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    Toothache. When I awoke I realized it was a dream

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    (When I pressed on it in my sleep ,it hurt )
     
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  7. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I dreamt last night that I'd stopped off at a road side real estate office, and got into a discussion with several people there about commuting in the local town in my area, mostly revolving around the added cost of parking at the GO stations.

    One strapping fella was expounding on his experiences, and I found remarkable the quality of his voice. He had one of those clear baritone voices that are just made for radio. I went to mention it to him, suggesting he would find lots of work in the radio business.


    And then I woke up to my clock radio, where the morning hosts were discussing commuting by train in our area...
     
  8. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    So dreams work in a way closely connected with free association?

    When I go to bed I pick up my guitar and play whatever I feel.

    Recently I found myself wondering if the mental state involved in that was close to dreaming (and whether,by this activity I was eating into my sleep requirement or maybe that it counted as part of my sleep-at least the mental as opposed to the physical side of recuperation )
     
  9. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I would say definitely!
     

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