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Parasomnias: life-threatening nightmares

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 05, 2012

Great personal storytelling/reportage by Doree Shafrir about her night terrors.

I am now completely panicked, and I jump back onto my bed and lean over the half-wall that my bed is up against, overlooking the hallway. There, I see what’s causing all the problems, and I push it downward and off the wall with all my might. It shatters loudly, glass flying everywhere.

Then, finally, I wake up. My two dogs are cowering in the corner, and I put on shoes to sweep up the glass. I am confused and embarrassed, though there is no one besides the dogs there to see that I just pushed a framed poster off a wall and broke it. I clean up the glass and go back to sleep, and it is not until the morning, when I see my shoes scattered everywhere, that I look into the closet and realize that I have also ripped the TV cable completely out of the back wall of my closet.

I hadn’t heard that Tobias Wong’s suicide might have been carried out while Wong was asleep:

The prevailing theory about Tobias Wong’s death was that he hanged himself while experiencing a night terror. I imagine that something in his mind told him that hanging himself was the only way to escape whoever, or whatever, was chasing him, in the same way that I have thought that the only way to save myself was to jump out of a window or smash a pane of glass.

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The mystery of Tobias Wong’s death

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 25, 2010

Artist and designer Tobias Wong killed himself last month. Or did he? Sleep can be a dangerous thing.