You Mustn’t Be Afraid To Dream A Little Bigger, Darling

Why and how we sleep has fascinated scientist for as long as we’ve been capable of conscious thought – we know we need it to regulate our metabolism, our blood pressure, to heal our immune system and balance out brain function. Pretty important crap. Plus, ya know, without a solid 8 hours, most of us turn into utter dicks. Worth noting.

Dreaming, though, and why we do it, is still a bit of a question mark.

Are we remembering?
Or are we hallucinating?

Are we exploring thoughts we’ve already had while we’re awake?
Or are we inventing new ones when we’re asleep?

As creatives, we can attest to the fact that a lot of the best shit comes to us when we’re asleep. When the logical side of our brain shuts down for the night – the part that warns us away from the wilder ideas by day – and the emotional part takes over instead. Without the logic filter to restrict our imagination, we have the freedom to stretch into more creative memories, feelings and thoughts than we can make sense of when we’re awake.

And it’s not just us. Some of the best ideas of all time have unfurled through dream – from the double helix formation of a DNA strand to the all-time classic melody of ‘yesterday’ be The Beatles – there’s a world of earth shifting discoveries and creations chilling in our subconscious, just waiting for us to find them in sleep. As one our favourite ever film quote says … “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” All we’ve got to do is remember the little bastards when we wake up, eh?

It’s a concept explored and brought to life by The Mill Shop, of all places, and we love the illustrations that depict some of the most iconic dream-discovered ideas of all time.

If ever we needed any more vindication that naps were essential, this is it right here. Now, if you’ll excuse us …

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