A Sleeping Octopus Changes Colors While Dreaming

while a dolphin likes to keep one part of its brain 
and one eye open. Some sea birds are reputed
to spend so much time covering large distances,
that they've developed the ability to sleep
while flying. A sperm whale holds its breath
as it naps near the surface, while gangs
of meerkats like to sleep together, in pelted
heaps. As time wears on, I find it harder to fall
asleep especially after a long day at work;
I come home but my mind's still racing. I envy
bats and possums who can sleep through nearly
an entire day, waking only to go hunting;
or the walrus who, it's said, can sleep and swim
at the same time. But first I would need to learn
how to get over my fear of water, though I believe
it could be one of the most soothing mediums
in which to float. Recently I saw an ad
for a float tank in a spa, where you can climb
into a pod and lie back nearly weightless in salt
water the depth of a foot. Then, someone gently
pushes close the lid of the tank so all
goes dark and external stimulation fades away.
The only thing you'll hear is the distant
percussion of your heart and your slow, deep
breathing. I'm tempted to sign up and try it,
though ideally it's a solitary experience.
Personally, I like how sea otters have sometimes
been found holding hands while sleeping,
in order to keep from drifting apart.

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