Dormant Dormatory Somnus Somnolent Somnambulist
This is one of two overviews, one concerned with SLEEP and SOMNolence, and the
other concerned with DREAMS and VISIONS.
Classic mythology offers an overture to ideas
that point out that SLEEP can be reversible. However, mortals who expire for the last time SLIP into a permanent
ideas are represented by the legendary TWINS HYPNOS and THANTATOS. It was postulated that to
ease the fear of death, HYPNOS HYPNOTIZED or "put
to sleep" those who were about to meet with
THANATOS, the embodiment of death. Regarding dreams and visions, this role was
given to MORPHEUS.
The twins Hypnos and Thanatos were identical.
Another prelude of interest concerns ALCOHOL, a
drug that induces somnolence, sleep, coma and
death. However, alcohol is a rather poor and
dangerous HYPNOTIC, because the amounts that
induce sleep, are not far from those that result
in DEADly COMA. In addition, the unborn exposed
to alcohol may also perish or become permanently
damaged because alcohol is, in medical parlance,
a potent TERATOGEN and TERATOTHANATIC agent or
in simpler terms, a deadly malformation inducing
|Moderate alcoholic libations liberate.
Excessive libations liberate irreversibly.
To FALL aSLEEP is like to fall or SLIP away from
consciousness, often into a world of DREAMS which
Saints and other special people may call VISIONS.
In Ukrainian, SPAD and SPATY refer to fall and sleep.
In Sanskrit and ancient Saxon, sleep is DRAYATY
a term that points to DREAM.
fall asleep and dream easily.
SOMNolent people like to fall asleep or become DORMant in
dream while ambulating are called SOMNamblutists
after SOMNUS, the Roman God of sleep. A famous
SOMNABULIST was Lady McBeth. It is not certain but
also worth noting that DREAM in Ukrainian is SON,
which may also have roots in SOMNUS.
implies ambulatory sleep.
TORPid is another way to say SLEEPy or DORMANT.
The modern TORPedo weapon is derived from TORPor, a
Latin word meaning to slow down or to impede or cause TORPOR.
Notably, TORPid persons often seem to be NUMB, DUMB, CLUMSY, DULL as well as INEPT and
SLOW. TORPor is also a characteristic of those who are starving, ailing,
mentally abnormal or otherwise impeded. TORPor also relates to pain,
suffering and exhaustion, as underscored by the
Ukrainian words TERPit, TERPity and TERPinia which
signify numb or inert, or to suffer with PATIENCE which points to PATIENT.
NARCOSIS refers to sleep induced by NARCOTICS from NARCOS, Greek for "deadening". While in
small doses, narcotics may be SOPORific or inducers
of SOMNolence, as denoted by the word itself, in
greater doses, NARCOTICS are DEADening and DEADly.
NARCOLEPSY describes those who are "seized" or
suffer a "seizure" while asleep. The popular term
"sleeping sickness" applies to narcolepsy as well
as a series of viral infections of the brain called encephalitis.
"Encephal"itis refers to a "cerebr"itis or inflammation of the brain.
Diana or Artemis is also known as NIX, one of
many of her names listed in the left column.
The negative implications in NIGHT and NIX are
also found in NICH, NICHoho and NICHT, which in
Ukrainian and German stand for night, nothing and
Regarding DREAMS, ideas of "NIGHT" or "NIX" have negative overtones and include
concerns about bad
NOCTURNAL DREAMS and point to MAR, MARA, NIGHTMARE and
MARATHON. Notably in current Hindi, MARA means dying or hurting.
In classic mythology, DIANA or ARTEMIS is the
Goddess of Night. Her twin brother Apollo is the
God of light and day. Artemis is one of three
Olympic Goddesses that vowed to remain "parthenos"
or spouseless, a term that theologians
prefer to translate as "virgin". In fact,
"parthenia" in Greek means concubine or a "non
As soon as born, Diana had to witness her mother's
intense suffering as she delivered her twin brother
APOLLO. Diana developed PARTHENOPHOBIA, an
abnormal or pathologic fear of childbirth and vowed
to remain single. However, not even Goddesses can
control their heart and sentiments, Diana fell in
love with the mortal ENDYMION. Determined to keep
her vow as well as to sleep with Endymion, Diana
"put Endymion to sleep". Captivated by his perfect
MORPHOLOGY Diana insured that it would remain youthful. Perhaps Diana kept Endymion dormant with the aid of MORPHINE.
On the other hand, MORTALS who use MORPHINE loose their youthfulness rather
quickly perhaps because MORPHEUS relies on MARA to deGENErate their dreams into nightMAREs.
Regarding alcohol, two amply illustrated overviews explore
the subjects of DRINKING, DRUNKS, ALCOHOL and
LIBATIONS and how such may induce or INSPIRE some
people to EXPIRE.
Those interested in APOPLEXY may find of interest the illustrated review
dedicated to the term "apo" as in Apollo, Apology,
Aponeurosis, Apoptosis, Apostol an the like.