It feels like you’re running in slow motion. Some research indicates, as a whole, our dreams may actually occur in slow motion. Daniel Erlacher, a psychologist at the University of Bern in Switzerland, conducted an experiment to analyze brain activity during sleep, interested in finding out how the brain reacts to action in a dream.
You’ve done it thousands of times, swishing your arms back and forth, tackling ground one leg at a time. And yet, when you enter a dream, running becomes much more complex. You feel sluggish, weighed down, forced to pull your body through some kind of invisible quicksand hellbent on trapping you.
“I have analyzed around 200,000 dreams for my clients and slow-motion running is the 55th most common,” he tells Mashable.
People also have plenty of dreams where they’re running at a normal speed, or even a super-quick speed, he says. When you pick up the pace, Wallace interprets, it’s usually a precursor to flying dreams. Having interpreted thousands of dreams, Wallace believes there’s a reason you’re feeling that slo-mo pull. Why do we run so slowly in our dreams?