Two documentaries on sleep and dreaming, written while researching The Head Trip. We spend 1/3 of our lives asleep, and yet there is no consensus as to why. Sleep and dreaming are deeply mysterious; the more you examine them, the stranger and more variegated they get. The idea for the docs was to pair advances in sleep science with first-person descriptions of different parts of the night – what is it like to fall asleep, to dream, to be in slow wave sleep, to wake in the night, to become lucid in a dream? It’s all here, including an admittedly bizarre reenactment of a Hawaiian lucid dream.
”˜While You Were Out’ was produced by Alan Guettel. The shows were first broadcast April 10th and April 11th, 2006.