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I'm writing an alternate ending for a story where the character wakes up from a coma, revealing that the story had all been a dream. The dream consisted of meeting a fiancee and then followed their lives up until the death of his wife and then himself about 45 years later.
What I'm wondering is if there is a set correlation between real time and "dream time", aka if there is something like 1 real hour = x time in dream. I don't want him to be the age he "dies" at when he wakes up. I actually want him to only be in the coma for a year or two.
Bottom line: is there any way to tell how long it would take for someone to dream 45 years of their life?
ETA: Thank you for your input, everyone. I feel much more confident about the plausibility of cramming so much into a dream. Thanks!