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6 years ago
I've found a couple of things about the Sandman. (I'm a fairy tale junkie, so had to take a stab at it)
The sandman is a western folkloric figure, who is responsible for sending children to sleep / giving them dreams. He seems to be represented either as a helpful, harmless fellow, or sometimes in a more sinister light. In the positive version, which you can find in Hans Christian Andersen's tale "Ole-Luk-Oie" he sneaks around in stocking feet and blows fine dust into kids eyes to make them close. This is the gunky stuff you find in your eyes when you wake up.
In the more evil version (I always thought he was more evil... maybe he's in scary movies?) he steals the eyes and dreams of bad children and uses them to feed his spawn. I guess you could say that's why he makes them dream? This more creepy Sandman is found in a story called "Die Nachtstuecke" by E.T.A. Hoffman.
I also found some info on a folklore site, that says that the Sandman is made out of the skin of dead people, and that he whispers "tic tok" to people in the dark until he lulls them to sleep, whereupon he devours them. Who knows.
Tell us if you find out more!