4 thoughts on “Glossary now up!

  1. Very interesting Josie, especially interesting to me is the origin of the word “nightmare”. Normally nightmares only ever happen to children and I believe are not limited to a feeling of being crushed. I’ve always thought a nightmare is a Succubus or Incubus, which may try to crush you or attack you in other far more harmful ways.

    Also the link on the Dream Journal page doesn’t link to the Dream Diary page.

    Perhaps you can include the definitions Succubus, Incubus, and of the different levels of consciousness – Alpha (active), Beta (relaxed), Theta (dreaming), Delta (deep sleep).

    Thank you. 🙂


  2. Hi Ian

    Thanks for your interest and feedback! The sleep paralysis “night-mare” is surprisingly common and experienced all around the world. The crushing sensation is not the only feeling accompanied by it, but is one of the most common. In Hong Kong the phenomenon is known as “ghost oppression” because of this crushing feeling, alongside the sinister, other-worldly feeling that goes with it. Similarly Khmer people in Cambodia have the name of “the ghost pushes you down” for sleep paralysis nightmares.

    I’ve fixed the dead link for dream journal – thanks for letting me know.

    Great idea to define incubus and succubus – these will be added in the next update. I’ve discussed the different brainwave activities that accompany the different stages of sleep – these can be found in the glossary for each stage of sleep, i.e. Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, and REM.



  3. It’s interesting to learn about other cultures interpretations, and that it’s not limited to a specific culture. Something I’ve just learned on Twitter and confirmed: Nightmares are mostly caused by sleeping in an extremely cold room temperature.


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