Escaping Boredom With Sweet Slumber
In general, Immortal beings such as Vampires require little to no sleep. Most of the time they sleep to dream or psychically communicate with others of their kind in the astral plane. For vampires, sleeping can also be a way to let time pass as they wait for the holy burning sun to set. Humans have been known to sleep when there’s nothing else to do. Those who are not of the living dead may sleep for regenerative properties. In the case of vampires and other living dead creatures, they may be forced to sleep due to their bodies being seriously injured to the point that they can’t function. For them, regeneration occurs regardless of sleep.😴
The Immortal’s Battle With Boredom
Despite a true requirement for sweet slumber, there is a scenario where Immortals will force themselves to sleep for extremely long lengths of time. Vampires and other dark Immortals will amuse themselves by causing diabolical deaths and monstrous mayhem. They’ll even weave wayward webs of deceit to play mind games with humans. Dracula is most famous for this. Bringing others across into the sinister sanguine shadows can temporarily belay boredom as well. Immortals of all types enjoy exploratory travel about the world and indulging in sensual delights. After many centuries even a playful paranormal life wears thin and tedious boredom sets in. Thankfully, suicide isn’t the only option for Immortals who tire of living. They can choose to hibernate for decades and even centuries. This long term sleep was a much greater phenomenon in the virtually stagnant world of the past. The fantasy world of lucid dreaming or remaining completely unconscious became more appetizing than living. The fast-paced ever-changing world of the 20th and 21st centuries has seen less seriously sustained slumbering.
The Security Of Supernatural Sleep
Some people can fall asleep the minute their head hits the pillow and then awaken at the right time without an alarm clock. This ability is exponentially present in Immortals. Particularly those of the living dead. They set their sub-conscious mind to enter deep sleep and will awaken at a predetermined time. There’s sometimes a psychic element where a person or event gains their attention as they slumber thus causing them to wake up. Security is an issue as they sleep so they will stow themselves away in hidden underground locations. Common tactics are graveyard burials or having themselves sealed inside burial vaults. Old school Immortals go for deep caverns or abandoned mines. Nothing greater than their strength is capable of breaking out of. Finding these secret slumber sanctuaries is the dream of every Vampire Slayer! A sleeping vampire is the easiest slay!
Sustenance For Sustained Slumber?
Certainly, strength is an issue for beings like vampires who require sustenance. Going too long without their blood supply causes great weakness and eventually desiccation. This causes them to enter a coma-like state against their will. Only blood or a practitioner of magic can wake them up to full restoration. However, when a vampire enters voluntary hibernation they go into a supernatural stasis and their energy reserves go down only a minute amount for every century of sleep. It’s said that a millennium is the limit before they must wake up to drink blood. This time limit varies for other Immortals who require food or certain types of metaphysical energy to survive at peak power.
The Awakening Abomination!
Many bury some blood or other supernatural sustenance in a sealed vessel. Although, this is not always possible and does not replace fresh food! Upon awakening, a vampire has a ravenous appetite for live blood surging from a captive human! They’ll often partake of serious serial killing sprees for days until they feel like themselves again! From there they now have a whole new world to explore as if they traveled through time to the future. They meet up with old friends and family of their sire line who may indeed hibernate at the same time as well. The psychic connection they share allows them to find each other and awaken if they are killed!🧛♂️
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