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Image by Johanna Ost - www.johannaost.comThe Sandman is a giving character in popular Western folklore who brings good sleep and dreams by sprinkling magic sand on to the eyes of children.

Traditionally the Sandman is a character in many children's stories, invoked to help (or lull) children to sleep. He is said to sprinkle sand or dust on or into the eyes of the child at night to bring on dreams and sleep. The grit or 'sleep' in one's eyes upon waking is supposed to be the result of the Sandman's work the previous evening.

There is also another creature bearing the name "Sandman", but this creature is very different. Its skin is that of a dead persons, decayed and discolored. It has very long fingers and many sharp teeth. It hides just out of sight in the dark and whispers "tik toc, tik toc" to its unlucky victim. This strange chant quickly puts the victim into a deep sleep. Once asleep, the Sandman will come out of hiding and devour the sleeping victim with its sharp teeth. It only needs to feast once per night, but it will sometimes chose to kill for fun. This creature can only come out in the dark. It is said to be the evil brother of the good sandman, but some people disagree.

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In some stories the sandman is a Creature of Dreams. It is said taht there is more than one each person and or family has their own Sandman. The Sandman can do anything from give you a dream that you want to giving you the power over your own dreams and even in some cases can even give you a glimpse of your future. Hints Deja vu.

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Anastasia013 Sandman 10 Dec 11 2014, 1:18 PM EST by The_Bogle
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''The grit or 'sleep' in one's eyes upon waking is supposed to be the result of the Sandman's work the previous evening.""

Actually, that "grit or 'sleep'' is a result of the mucus membranes in the eye that produce mucus as a lubricant for the eyeball to be able to swivel in the eye socket freely.
When one sleeps, the more than usual amount of mucus is produced because of what is called Rapid Eye Movement or R.E.M. This R.E.M. occurs when the sleeping person is in a deep sleep, and this is also when dreams occur. The excess mucus is to insure proper lubrication and movement of the eye during this time. The excess mucus then drains from the eye through the duct in the inner corner of the eye, where it dries and becomes crusty, and sand-like.

I'm just putting that out there.
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HeroLovesCats Deja Vu~ 9 Dec 8 2014, 2:21 PM EST by HeroLovesCats
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I would say sooo I have tons of those sometimes btw, that other sandman with the "tic-toc.." how would you know?
btw I am in a dark room sooo I am a bit creeped out.. :/ eeeeeeeeeeeee lol
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TheElegantShadow Well. 8 Apr 23 2014, 12:19 AM EDT by M.i.b.s
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I've never heard of the latter variant of the Sandman before. Quite interesting that he possesses a more malevolent counterpart to his own good, if not neutral, self.

Hmm... any stories floating about the second Sandman? I really want to read more about this creature. :o
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