EFFINBURGH, SCOTLAND. Scientists at the prestigious University of Effinburgh were shocked to
discover a sheepherder named Lien Nehoc who actually dreamed he was awake when he was not.
Nehoc first went to his family doctor, Melinda Brogan, to discuss dreams that were making him anxious. When the sheepherder told Brogan that a few nights before he had dreamt he was awake tending sheep at his small farm in Newfordshire, Brogan immediately called her husband, psychiatrist Peter Brogan, for advice.
Since neither doctor had heard of a person who actually dreamed of being awake, Brogan called his former mentor at Effinburgh medical school. Professor Lawrence Soland also was unfamiliar with the phenomenon despite being the world’s foremost expert on dreams.
“Until Peter called me, neither I nor anyone else had ever even imagined someone asleep could dream of being awake. The accepted view was that people who were daydreaming and awake could dream of being asleep, but no one could do the opposite. This opens up a whole new area of research for sleep scientists. Now who knows what the Brannum Foci of the brain are capable of producing?”
Internet chat rooms for sleep researchers are now filled with such questions as: could someone who is asleep actually dream of having a daydream of being asleep while dreaming of being awake?