There are various apps for the iPad or smartphone that enable you to control dreams.
Dream on, you might say. But Dream:ON is the name of one of the most popular apps for taking charge of your nocturnal peregrinations.
I could have done with such help in days gone by when a recurring dream had me out on the public highways and byways clad only in a short vest. With the technology I could have stopped the embarrassment by conjuring up a pair of trousers.
I assumed my regular semi-naked trips around the town were something to do with feelings of anxiety or low self-esteem or something deeply psychological. But the Dream Moods online dictionary says "to dream you are wearing a vest represents your compassion for others". This is nice to know but I would rather just keep my breeks on.
This Dream:ON thingy allows users to choose a reverie before bed, and plays sound cues once they have entered the right phase of sleep. I fancy a bit of flying which is one of my favourite dreams.
There are apparently two ways to go about it. You imagine a surge of energy from under your feet that pushes you up, up, and away like Superman. It can also be a flying carpet or a broomstick. But who wants the mother-in-law in a dream?
I might dream I'm on a Ryanair plane and that Michael O'Leary fellow offers me a free cup of tea and a Twix and says he'll give me a lift in his limo the 100 kilometres from the airport to my final destination.
Then there is the chance to use a dream app to choose the winning numbers in the EuroMillions lottery.
Sadly, it is not just a matter of switching on your app at bed time. You have to master something called lucid or conscious dreaming. I will be getting round to learning the lucid techniques once I have worked out to how to use my new smartphone.
Meanwhile I find the radio is useful for sparking off dreams. Quite often when I doze off with Radio 4 in the background I end up with Jim Naughtie on the Today programme.
Once, during a long lie-in, it was me and Kirsty Young on Desert Island Discs. Fully clothed, of course.
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