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Dreamleak

Last week, I was aware of the physical condition of my sleeping body during dreams, which was a new condition to me. Now, I'm starting to think the differences between my waking mind and sleeping mind are getting narrower, because last night my condition in a dream affected my sleeping body.

I had a dream about deserting the Army in Iraq to come home to do something magical that would bring back an innocent kid who had been murdered. In the dream I faked my own death - and when, to my surprise a bunch of people showed up at my grandparent's house to have a memorial service.. I couldn't help but lurk in the area and listen in. The press was there too, and one of them saw me. I bolted for the woods when they caught sight of me, not wanting to get caught. If they caught me, I wouldn't be able to bring back the kid, and I'd be tried as a deserter.

So I wake up right then - just as a massive adrenaline surge hit me as I geared up to flee. I went from dead sleep (and fleeing) to WIDE awake with a system full of delicious fight-or-flight chemical-soup. It took me a long, long time to get back to sleep, I tell ya. That sucked.

I wonder why my waking and dream states are affecting each other so much more, lately.

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passingfancy
Nov. 29th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
Eek, sounds pretty powerful...

I am in no way a sleep specialist -- but it may be neat to start keeping a log of when you go to bed, and when the dream wakes you up, and when you do/should be waking for real. Maybe you'll notice a pattern you can use to help yourself. And if it starts affecting you negatively, at least you have log to show a doctor :-P

Your physiological workings are very close to waking conditions when in REM sleep, and people often wake up at the end of a REM cycle. Also, REM sleep likes to make up for itself... so if you miss REM sleep for a while (because you're sleep pattern is off or you are just not getting enough to reach REM), the body has a tendency to over-REM on subsequent nights.

::hugs:: I hope your next waking dream is fantastic. :)
nephandi
Nov. 29th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
It happened to me once, when I was fighting and running in a dream and I woke up with a cramp in my leg.
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