I had a dream last night that I was orienteering. I was in a lovely area that I had never been to before. It was a lovely open forest at the back of some sort of estate. The estate was open to the public, and there were numerous families strolling around the interconnecting networks of paths. I was on my first control, which had involved running from the Start, through the forest and the estate, to the opposite edge of the map. I was enjoying it until I realised that I'd overshot the control. I ran back to a type of visitor's centre to try to relocate, but nothing was making sense. Panic had set in. I don't know if I ever found the control. The next part of the dream was post-race, and I was comparing routes with friends. Looking at my map, I realised I'd no idea of what the visitor's centre was even meant to look like on the map. Woke up frustrated. Need to go orienteeering ASAP.
Quote from Neuro lecture last term: "REM sleep is associated with increased limbic activity, decreased frontal and posterior cingulate activity, which can explain the emotional, uncontrolled content of dreams" This sure would cause an orienteering mistake, whether awake or asleep! I wonder if anyone's ever worn an EEG cap for the duration of a race?