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January 18th, 2008
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(Looks like LJ has moved things again. Or they changed my default for me, again.)



Anyway, stop me if I have posted about this before. I think I only thought about it really hard.



Sometimes, especially from naps, I have a hard time waking up. I don't mean I stumble around, walking into things and failing to do all my wake-up routine. No, I mean I can't wake up. I THINK I have woken up and gotten up, only to realize the world is NOT right and I am actually still dreaming. So, I am actually still in bed and try to wake up RIGHT this time. Over. And over. And over.

Sometimes it's obvious I am still dreaming pretty quickly, other times it takes a while to seep in.


If I wake up just enough, I am aware that I can't move. I know this is just the body's natural state while dreaming (to keep one from sleep walking) but it's still frustrating (it used to be frightening, but now I know what's going on I don't panic any more).


The problem is, it's happening more and more often. :(

Does anyone else do this?


EDIT: By the way, this makes stories about waking up to find people in your room, or demons, or angels or cat's stealing your breath TOTALLY understandable. I dream the most amazing stuff in this state, and I can't always say how much was real and how much was completely in my head.

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From:clevermanka
Date:January 18th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
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Yikes! No, that's never happened to me. And it sounds both annoying and scary.

When I wake up (unless I'm awakened by an alarm) I wake up BING! Wide awake and totally unable to fall back asleep. This is especially irritating on weekends when I want to sleep in.
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From:solan_t
Date:January 18th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Oh, belive me, when I wake up at 4 or 5 am, for no apparent reason, I am sleepy as all heck, but can't usually get back to sleep (until JUST before my alarm goes off at 6....) Which is why this 'can't wake up from a nap' thing is so... odd.
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From:queza7
Date:January 18th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
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I have a hard time becoming fully awake (as opposed to fully conscious) when I get up from a nap, and can be sleepy for a couple hours after it, but I don't think I've ever had this happen before. You might call up your doctor for a chat (because phone calls are still free, yay!) to see if he/she has any ideas for you to try out. :)
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From:solan_t
Date:January 18th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
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I used to be that way - loggy and feeling like death warmed over for a few hours after a nap (unless I was REALLY sick and needed that sleep badly). Now... just stuck in dream-state.
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From:billthetailor
Date:January 18th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
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I don't know how long you nap, but I have read that what you describe can often be caused by napping too long. Your body drops into a state it usually doesn't hit except in the deepest hours of the morning, making it extremely hard to wake up. The article recommended afternoon naps of no longer than twenty minutes: enough to recharge and get you through the rest of the day, but not long enough to drop into a deep sleep.
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From:solan_t
Date:January 18th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Although this rings true to me, considering it can take me 20 minutes to fall asleep in the first place, even when OMGTIRED, this is problematic.
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From:rabid_bookwyrm
Date:January 18th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
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I dream things happen. I don't think I've ever had the dreaming-you're-waking-up dream, but I do periodically have to wonder whether I actually spoke to my brother or not. And the other night I had a nightmare, and was convinced it wasn't at all.
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From:solan_t
Date:January 18th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
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That is just as distressing, I know (been there, done that, too)
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From:rabid_bookwyrm
Date:January 19th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it was pretty horrible. I even (in the dream) noticed that I was afraid in exactly the way I am in nightmares, and thought how a pity it was that it wasn't. V. nasty.
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From:geekmom
Date:January 18th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Yes. I've had it happen to me. It's often scary as crap. It's called sleep paralysis, if you want to google it.
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From:starwyse
Date:January 18th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I have this experience and it's still terrifying to me.

*shudders*

S~
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