Can a taste transit the boundary of a dream?
August 10, 2013 7:51 AM Subscribe
I recently woke from a dream with an unusual, lingering taste in my mouth, after dreaming about tasting something. Could the dream have caused the aftertaste, or vice-versa?
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In the beginning of the dream, someone jokingly squeezed me in a way which made my veins pop out of my skin, Total Recall style. I was distressed but realized it would subside after awhile. (Probably unrelated anecdata, but my bed is hard and often I sleep on limbs, entrap nerves, etc.)
In the next part of the dream, I pass a toothpaste dispenser (?). This toothpaste is clear and tastes slightly bitter, like an ointment, and sort of gross. The next dispenser is labeled "Bacon-Flavored Toothpaste". Hell yes, I try that, but I mix it with the ointment-paste. It's a strong, vivid, bacon-y taste, but also gross. I can't spit it out, so I wake up.
After waking, I have a taste in my mouth that I can't place, and it lasts for about a minute. It's not bacon, but it's not a typical "bad taste in mouth" taste.
I've read about taste sensations in the brain being persistent and causing taste illusions; could my dream-taste have crossed over to the real world and become something different? I suppose it's more obvious that an existing taste caused me to taste something in my dream, but I remember intentionally choosing and only then tasting the toothpaste.
(Or is there a problem with my brain...?)