In an alternate universe I would have been a neurologist that specialised in sleep and sleep disorders. Since I was pretty young I have had an amazing interest in sleep and the brain.
When I was very young I had night terrors, I can still vividly remember some of them. I remember the dreams in great detail, how I felt when I woke up, what I was wearing that night, what the temperature was in the room…etc. I also slept walked on occasion and Grandma and Grandpa put a special gate up to keep me from going down the stairs.
I remember seeing a 20/20 on a Friday night when I was probably 11 years old that was all about sleep disorders. Mostly people sleep walking and sleep eating… there was a man who walked off his fire escape and fell two stories and another man who was dreaming he was wrestling a deer but he was actually attacking his wife.
I have read books about sleep and our bodies need for sleep. Lack of sleep adds to our risk of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes and many other health risks. But there are also people who feel they can function on a very low amount of sleep whereas others are incoherent without 8 hours (that is more like me).
We probably know more than we knew when I was a kid about sleep but I feel like we have a long way to go to explain sleep disorders, how much sleep we need, why we remember dreams or why we do not. There are so many questions I have about something that we fundamentally must to do to be able to live.
If I had a better grasp of science I surely would have pursued this field of study. I just felt early on that my grasp of math and science was weak compared to what would have been needed to do this in the superior research oriented. Yes, I wanted to be a successful researcher (not many kids dream of that… pun intended)
I do still try to read as much as I can on the subject because it continues to fascinate me.
I wonder what you both will want to be when you grow up and how that will change over time.
What did you want to be when you grew up?