False Awakening: Dreaming About Waking Up

a man dreaming he is awake

Have you ever had a dream in which you think you’ve woken up, only to then wake up later for real?

Perhaps you even got out of bed, started your morning routine, and then snapped out of a fantasy breakfast to find yourself back in bed?

If this sounds familiar, you might have experienced what’s known as a false awakening.

Dreaming about waking

False awakenings are often remarkably vivid dreams in which you think you’ve woken up. But later, you’ll wake up in your bed for real, remembering that you had just dreamed about waking up.

Sound confusing? It certainly can be for many people.

In this article, I’ll be looking at false awakenings and ways to manage them; you’ll find practical techniques for preventing them if they’re upsetting you.

You’ll also discover ways to become aware that you’re dreaming. And potentially use your false awakening as a stepping stone to the fascinating world of lucid dreaming.

False awakening poll

I asked 557 readers about their experience of false awakenings. 59% said they found it distressing. However, 17% said they enjoy it or find it interesting. And a further 11% found it can lead to a lucid dream.

infographic showing the results of a reader poll into false awakenings

Too real to be a dream?

One of the fascinating features of a false awakening is just how vivid and real it can seem. So you might not question the reality of it, even if you have some feeling that it could be a dream.

Quite often the experience takes the form of waking up and doing something familiar and normal. For example, you might get dressed, go to the bathroom or sit and have breakfast.

So it’s only when you wake up for real that you realize what happened, and puzzle over what a remarkably realistic dream it was.

Nested dreams

For some people though, there might be a few more episodes yet before the eventual real waking. Repeated false awakenings, all within one sleep, are not unheard of.

This extended version of multiple false awakenings is sometimes referred to as nested dreams, or dreams within dreams.

It might sound like the unlikely plot of movies like ‘Inception’. But these dreams within dreams do happen, and can leave you feeling like you’re trapped inside your dreams.

False awakenings can seem so real that perhaps even on finally waking up you might wonder whether you’re still dreaming or not.

What causes false awakenings?

There’s no scientific consensus on the cause of false awakenings. It’s understandably a difficult area to research, and there’s very little written about it in medical sources.

The two most common theories are:

Worry or anxiety

If you’re worrying about something important the next day, you might dream about it – perhaps to rehearse the event in your sleep.

Your brain might then dream of waking up, perhaps as the starting point for your mental rehearsal.

Some also believe that expectations play an important role in dreaming. If you’re worrying, you might expect to sleep badly and wake up in the night, or need to wake up early for an important day.

This anxiety could influence your dream and create a false awakening.

Sleep fragmentation

Your brain can be in more than one state of consciousness at once. So it’s possible that the part of your brain responsible for dreaming and also for consciousness are both active.

This fragmentation could then lead to vivid dreaming of gaining consciousness and waking up.

False awakening or sleep paralysis?

False awakenings are sometimes confused with sleep paralysis, a sleep disorder which can occur either when waking up or falling asleep.

During an episode your body is paralyzed, but your brain is conscious and aware of your surroundings.

What some people experience is a false awakening in which they dream of waking up and being unable to move.

This can of course also be very frightening, both in the dream and when you wake up and remember what just happened.

The key difference is that the paralysis really does physically occur during sleep paralysis.

On the other hand, the paralysis during a false awakening takes place purely within the dream. You will usually then wake up in your bed and be able to move normally.

Treatment

False awakenings aren’t thought to be an indicator of mental illness. In fact, they are quite common, and it’s thought that most people experience them during their lives. So in that respect, they don’t usually require treatment.

However, if you’re repeatedly having them, and they are distressing you, it might help to speak to your doctor about it. They might consider the following options:

  • Dream rehearsal therapy (see the article about nightmares for more on this).
  • Anxiety or stress treatment if it’s thought to be a cause.
  • Medication in certain circumstances, for example with associated PTSD.

It could be though that the best option is not to worry, and try to accept it as a normal part of dreaming.

Alternatively, there are two different paths you can go down in terms of self-help: stopping them happening, or using them as a tool for lucid dreaming.

Self-help for false awakenings

It’s one thing to wake up properly after a false awakening dream and then lie in bed thinking about how odd it was.

It’s an altogether different experience to become aware of it whilst you’re still in the middle of it.

How do you gain that awareness though? And once you do, do you decide to try and wake up, or go with it and see what happens?

The answers to those questions are part personal choice, and perhaps part whatever level of awareness you actually manage to achieve.

So let’s take a look at what you can do in the throes of this strange experience.

1) How to wake up properly after a false awakening

If you have a false awakening, you might just wake up naturally afterward anyway, sooner or later. A moment of awareness within the dream may never actually happen.

Even if you do realize you’re dreaming, it doesn’t always follow that you can just decide to wake up. Sometimes it can take a little effort, especially if it’s an unpleasant dream which somehow grips you.

If you do realize you’re still dreaming rather than awake though, here are some actions which might help you wake up for real:

  • Try and focus your mind on moving a finger or toe. When you gain control of that, move to an arm or leg if you still haven’t woken up.
  • Try blinking rapidly.
  • Focus your gaze on one thing in the dream.
  • If there’s a mirror, try and look at yourself.
  • Try and do a complex action, like running, jumping or even dancing.

All of those techniques, of course, require a certain level of awareness though; you’ll either have it or you won’t in any given dream.

Let’s now look at what you can do if you’re not in such a rush to wake up, and like the idea of exploring your dreams a little further.

2) Turning a false awakening into a lucid dream

artistic image of a woman dreamingIf you’re the adventurous type, the idea of lucid dreaming may be an exciting and fun one.

False awakenings are often reported by the lucid dreaming community (for example in the world of lucid dreaming) as a potential bridge.

In some ways, it’s a fairly straightforward concept. First, check that you’re dreaming and therefore become aware that you’re still inside the dream. Secondly, get moving and explore to your heart’s content.

Becoming aware that you’re dreaming isn’t always so easy though, especially when you just dreamed that you woke up!

Reality checking

Here are some techniques to do what’s known as a ‘reality check’, and find out which side of the dreamworld your feet really are:

  • Try and remember facts or figures. It can be difficult to recall factual information, such as your address, phone number, or someone’s date of birth. If you find it difficult, it’s a sign you may be dreaming.
  • In a familiar room, try moving into the next room or hallway. You might find it changes into something which shouldn’t be there.
  • Try to read any writing, numbers or symbols in the dream. Reading can be difficult in dreams and the words or numbers might blur or morph.
  • If in doubt, you probably are asleep. Despite the fact that your brain can create incredibly vivid scenes, if you’re even asking yourself if you’re dreaming, you very likely are.
  • If you’re doing a complex task in your dream, perform a reality check: in the bathroom, see if you look normal or not. If you’re eating breakfast, check if the food tastes as it usually does. In bed, check if the bedding has the right texture or feel.

The idea is that any of these reality checking behaviors can trigger awareness that you’re still asleep. If that doesn’t then wake you up, then you’re free to explore a whole imaginary world of possibilities.

If you’ve never experienced the kind of awareness that doing these things would require, don’t worry about it. Even reading this and remembering it might help trigger that awareness in the future.

If you want to explore the idea of lucid dreaming further, there are lots of online resources which claim to help you learn the skill.

Do note though that scientists are still largely unconvinced about the efficacy of any one technique. For example, a review of scientific research by Heidelberg University in 2012 suggests that the techniques don’t work on demand.

So perhaps patience and a little luck are required if you’re to master the art of lucid dreaming.

Ways to prevent false awakenings

Lucid dreaming won’t appeal to everyone; if you have bad dreams, you might be more interested in stopping them altogether. And of course, controlling your dreams can be easier said than done.

In this case, there are some techniques which might help prevent them. Or at the very least, help stop them happening again the same night.

Please note that these ideas aren’t guaranteed to stop your false awakenings specifically. In many ways, they are suggestions which are thought to help with sleep problems in general.

  • Avoid caffeine and other stimulants, especially in the evening.
  • Avoid alcohol in the evening since alcohol can disrupt sleep patterns.
  • Try to calm your mind before going to sleep. If you struggle with anxiety or stress at night, you might find it helpful to do some calming mindfulness exercises.
  • Do regular exercise. It might also help to go for a short walk in the evening before bed.
  • If you have a false awakening, get out of bed for 10 to 15 minutes before going back to sleep.
  • Keep to a regular sleep pattern and don’t allow yourself to become overly tired or sleep deprived.

Your thoughts

Have you experienced a false awakening, or a series of nested dreams? What happened and what did it feel like?

Have you had an experience where a false awakening has then led to a lucid dream?

Feel free to share you story and views in the comments below. I’m sure other readers will also find your experience useful and interesting.

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  • I had some really crazy few nested dreams, all of which were bad dreams… so it was hard for me to actually wake myself up. They were all very vivid too which made them even mOre scary. The first one; I was being chased by murderous psychos, the second one; my s/o disintegrated in my own arms, and the third; I was in my room, but it was distorted and there was a demon in the corner staring at me. I knew I was in a dream and I was trying so hard to wake myself up in each of them. I “woke up” two or three times before I actually woke up. I still thought I was dreaming lol until I looked around and realized I was in my room again. It really freaked me out. I still don’t know why it happened, I was perfectly relaxed before I went to bed…

  • I just woke up from a nap (took advantage of my 3yr old nephew’s naptime :-) ) where I had a crazy “nested” dream. I’ve had them in the past, but not frequently . My indicator for a dream is always when I try to turn on the lights: light switches never work in my dreams. By the third false awakening, I was pretty lucid and really annoyed. I knew I was dreaming and kept telling the entity who was present that I needed to wake up so I could get my nephew up. I ended up using my necklace (Egyptian Bast) and some Pokémon (of all weird things) to fight what was supposedly keeping me asleep. The really odd thing was that this nap included lucid dreaming, nested dreams, AND sleep paralysis. All in all, a very weird experience.

  • I suffer with eczema and have been not sleeping well during the night, so have been enjoying the occasional short nap after work. Today’s nap lasted 2 hours where I experienced several false awakenings including checking the my clock. The dreaming moved seamlessly from one part to another and was vivid with people I know and some I don’t. Some of the places were very familiar and some I had never seen although, they included spectacular scenery. The reoccurring issue for me was not being able to open my eyes properly and trying to splash some water on them. It wasn’t until i realised that I was still in a dream did it feel like I was trapped, I am sure my left eye must have been partially open as I could see my hand, duvet cover and wall while the right eye was obscured by the pillow. These items were present while my brain was taking me on a magical mystery tour. Amazing stuff, even writing this I can still remember many parts. Thanks for reading.

  • I just had a 2 level false awakening. But both false awakening I guess was sleep paralysis in the dream. I was also partly aware i was dreaming. I knew i had to wake up in the dreams but i couldn’t. I couldn’t open my eyes. Couldn’t move. In the dream i felt like i was suffocating. Finally wake up from the first one and find myself in a different dream doing the same thing. At that point i knew i was dreaming so i just fought to wake up for real. Could feel my real body laying in my bed and felt the surroundings. But was trying to open my eyes and move in my dream. It was real strange.

  • Just had an episode last night…waking in my room but knowing I’m dreaming and feeling dark presences in the room. I can move but like my voice and movements are stuck in tar. I remember getting up and moving through my apartment trying to wake myself up, even slapping my own face so I will wake up. I was also casting out the dark presence in Jesus name. When I do this in my dreams is usually when it stops and I wake up. Now I can’t tell what was real and what was dream. Wish I had a camera on last night….

  • I’ve suffered from sleep paralysis for over a year now but in the last two weeks it has become very frequent ( an every day basis ) I don’t ever have the feeling that someone or something is holding me down. I just can’t move. I’m fully aware of where I am and of my surroundings. I also have been suffering from false awakenings, mine consist of me waking up to tell me Mum I’ve just had sleep paralysis. A technique I tried that no longer works for me is rocking back and fourth to try and shake myself out of it. However because I have had it for so long I guess I’ll have to try something new. I just don’t like the feeling of it and wish it would stop!

  • So all week I’ve been having almost the same dream. I’m trying to wake up in my dream because something bad is happening but I can’t wake up! Just now in my dream my fiancé is trying to wake me up as I hear loud pounding on our door and our dog whining but I can barely open my eyes and I can’t move I keep trying and I can’t. I just keep telling myself wake up wake up!! And now I’m wide awake. Not a tota scary dream but I don’t like feeling that way and it’s been all week

  • I just awoke from 5 deep false awakening. I had a very stressful day and drank two-ish pots of coffee. I also went to bed later than my normal time.
    So it started as some of my nights start off where I’m laying on my back and I start to drift off. I can’t breathe very well in said position and can feel myself not breathing as my eyes are somewhat open as well. Once I shake myself awake enough to change position, it starts. It was a vivid lucid dream where I am conscious of being asleep and conscious that my surroundings are off, so I am now controlling what’s going on. I can feel that my sleep body needs to… well, pee. So I try to wake myself.. just to find out I’m still dreaming, great. I go to the mirror and try to shake it out, nothing. I try going to my bed (which is clearly not mine) where my husband is asleep on his side and I am missing. I jump in bed to try and wake myself up, nothing. I try moving and wiggling in real life and it’s not working, I got frantic. I obviously did finally wake up, but the experience I get with false awakenings I find to be quite stressful. I’m a somewhat experienced lucid dreamer as I find I can control my dreams a couple times a month at most. I don’t always have the false awakenings, but when I do they usually follow a lucid dream.
    Tldr; false awakenings are extremely inconvenient when I have to pee

  • Hi. I have false awakening dreams which always turn out to be nested dreams. To me this is very distressful because the awakening seems so real but for the tiny changes in detail, for instance, i always dream that i wake up in my home but when i look out of the window there are family busy with building extensions or something. Other times i can hear a radio in another room and then i would bend to look underneath in fear that someone else is inside the house…in my false reality dream state i am very aware that i’m dreaming and fight to wake up by trying to make sounds or wriggle…i get very frustrated and angry too that i can’t wake up for real and i even talk to myself about my situation for eg i would say “oh no not again” ect . Even though i know im in my own house i notice a window that’s not supposed to be there od an odd piece of furniture ect. Now the thing is that i only get these dreams in the morning after i have woken normally and decide to go back to sleep. I have been avoiding going back to sleep in the morning for fear of these dreams but when i do i end up having these dreams. The dream in itself is not scary or anything like it, in fact i would not have minded exploring inside my dream to see where it leads but my fear is not being able to wake and when i finally do i might be greeted with an intruder inside the house.in reality…that is my fear all the time. Here is what i think has given birth to my false awakening (nested) dreams. On top of losing my mom, dad and young niece in recent years, i have experienced break-ins at home and one day i after sorting out my kids for school i went back to bed only to wake up finding a guy standing by my bed with a long knife in his hand…anyway i’m not gonna go there BUT not long after, i started having these dreams…Sometimes i’m so tired i just want to sleep in a bit but i’m too scared of both these dreams and what may happen in reality while i sleep……

    • God! This is the story of my life!! The struggle to wake up, the part where you are aware of the dream but you can’t explore more cos you’re scared you might never wake up again… So distressful!!

  • False awakening only happens to me when I sleep in on the weekends. It’ll happen once every 3 months or so.
    It’ll feel like i have woken up, and everything around me is exactly the same….same room, same bed, same tv placement and same sleeping position.
    Every time i experience a false awakening, my eyes open but i cannot move my body. It feels like im stuck and there’s this gravity force pushing down on me every time I force myself to get up. The feeling of consciousness but no control over the body freaks me out.
    Sometimes I’ll dream that while I’m stuck in bed, ill hear my partner or sister are about to come into my room, and i try to use them to wake me up, ill try call out for them but I cant and they never come in.
    What always guarantees to wake me up of the dreadful feeling of being stuck is…. stop myself from breathing in my dream because I know it’ll shock me and wake me up in real life….100% of the times i stopped my breathing, i wake up completely to real life.
    Its so scary and I need to learn other techniques to be in control of my dream and learn how to wake myself up differently.

    • This is exactly what happens to me! I’m trying to do research to figure out what’s causing it or why it happens. Please reply to this if you find some more information. Once I’m aware i’m dreaming, I’ve counted up to 12 nested dreams before…. Its entirely frustrating and I wake up in tears when I finally do wake up for real. I’ve even had experience where I feel an unknown person is pulling on my hand trying to help we get up and I can’t see them or see my hand, but I can feel them and hear them.

  • I am a very experienced dreamer, I can easily turn most dreams lucid and have almost complete control, and I rarely have nightmares, and when I do I usually find them mildly amusing, like watching a horror film. I was 13 years old and I lived in a brick house built in the early 1900’s. My room was in the basement. I woke up one morning and I was doing my normal routine. I was laying in my bed and grabbing my blankets in my hand and looking around just grounding myself and making sure I was awake. Sure enough I was awake. I rolled on my side and faced toward my closet door and as I was about to swing my legs off the bed a man burst through my closet door.
    This man was about 3 ft tall, very dark black skin and his head looked like it was recently shaved to the skin. He was wearing what I thought was a very expensive white suit and he had a lavender handkerchief in his right breast pocket. He immediately began rapping extremely complex rhymes and he also was doing the typical hand movements, but they weren’t typical, it was almost like karate or kung-fu arm movements. His voice was very high pitched, like the “high talker” on that Seinfeld episode.
    His rapping was disturbing, he was explaining to me in detail how he was going to kill me, explained in detail the pain he was going to put me through and where he was going to get rid of my body when he’s done.
    My bedroom door was between myself and this man. I sprung out of bed and raced for the door. He immediately stopped rapping and tried to block me from the door, but I got there first, I ran through the basement, up the stairs, through the laundry room, and into the kitchen. Then my Mom walked into the kitchen.
    I woke up my heart was racing. I have never had a dream like that. I did my routine again and I was satisfied that I was really awake. I rolled to my side and it all happened again, exactly the same as before. It happened three more times.
    Finally I wake up, I skip my waking grounding ritual and sat up in my bed and stared at the closet door, waiting. The closet door slowly opened and the man came out, slowly this time and calmly walked toward me until we were face to face looking each other in the eyes. His eyes were completely black. He then said “If you don’t leave, I will kill you in front of your family.” His voice was normal now, deep and very hostile. I pushed him as hard as I could and knocked him on the ground and I ran back to the kitchen.
    I woke up. I jump out of bed and run back to the kitchen as my Mom was walking in just like all the previous times. I run to her and grabbed her shoulders and screamed at her “am I awake!?” She said yes and was wondering what was going on in my head.
    That nightmare was one of the very few that scared me to death the way it did. That was over 15 years ago and to this day I have never experienced a dream like that again. Sometimes I still question my own sanity, I cannot even explain the feeling of vulnerability and powerlessness that I felt through that dream, and I hope that I never will again.

  • Just woke up from a false waking dream at least 5-6 deep. In each dream I was in my bed and couldn’t move. In the last nest, Penn & Teller came in from a different room and were helping me out of bed.

    Strangely, when I really woke, was on my back, I had severe sharp pain in the center of my back and chest. So excrutiating I took an oxycodone I had left to a prior surgery and chewed it up followed by swallowing 2 gabapintin and a robaxin. A 10 on a pain scale.

    It’s been about 20 min and the pain is finally easing off.

    I’ve had nested dreams before and dreams that pick up where they left off since I was a kid, I’m 47.

  • i’m 16 and i’m sleeping in my room (which i share w my twin) i just had one of these false awakenings and i’ve never been more scared in my life. i had THOUGHT what happened was that i couldn’t sleep so i got up and i was talking to my sister. i was like “why do i feel so high right now? like i’m tripping” and she’s like “you feel like that too?” and i’m like “yeah did someone put something in our drinks?” and she’s like “no dude i don’t think so” so i was scared and i went in my parents room and my mom wasn’t in there for some reason but my dad was. and he was sleeping. so i facetime my mom and she answers. wherever she is, it’s daytime. where i am, it’s 2:30am. so i’m explaining to her like “mom i feel super high right now i’m tripping hella” and she’s like “oh that’s completely normal honey! you hit your head!” and i’m like “i hit my head? when?” and she’s like “october 30th!” (it’s may 19 rn) and so all of a sudden my dad says quietly “hang up the phone” and i’m like “okay….” and i go over by him and it was my dad like i can see him with his eyes shut laying in bed. i tough him and i’m like “dad please help i’m so scared right now im tripping” and i tried to smack myself and get out of it but i couldn’t. all of a sudden the light flicks on and it was my friend… like a young girl.. and i’m like “alexis?!” what are you doing here?” and she sits up all pissed and is like “yeah. i saw your snapchat convos about me” and i’m like “what? what do u mean?” and she started to like wrestle me and i’m like “no dude please don’t wrestle me rn” and all of a sudden i JOLTED out of my sleep and gasped for air. (so now i’m actually awake… and very confused… and scared) and my sister is like “what?” and i said “what? were we talking?” and she’s like “yeah….” and i said “wtf what do u mean?” and she’s like “dude i was dreaming but i was tripping hella hard. i know we were both talking in our sleep tho to each other. like having a full on conversation” and i’m like “bruh i’m scared. are you good?” and she’s like “i’m good are you actually awake?” and i’m like “yeah but i’m not going to bed” sooooo yeah. it’s currently 3:08am and i don’t plan on shutting my eyes til the sun comes up

  • I experienced sleep paralysis just once Shure I was awake but it was still dark I couldn’t move any part of my body,this only lasted for about 2 or 3 minutes then closed my eyes again and was sound asleep again. I have also on two different occasions thaught I was awake and seen very clearly someone standing in my bedroom one man had a small dog with him and the dog jumped up on the bed on both occasions the person didn’t speak but I was absolutely terrified and shouted out to go away leave me alone clear off this seems to last for just a couple of minutes and I closed my eyes and I’m asleep again. The experience is so very very clear and real to me im still not Shure if I was really seeing people in my bedroom or was I awake in a dream .

  • I have false awakening that combine with horrible lucid nightmares that are superimposed on my bedroom. In the nightmare I am awake, have turned the light on, and often gotten just out of the bed all the while something horrible is in the room or in the hall trying to attack me. I see the nightmare things and the actual bedroom at the same time. Often think I have woken up for real multiple times before I can finally really wake up. Once I wake up I am terrified to go back to sleep as I often will drop right back into a lucid nightmare. I have these usually at least one or two times a month and sometimes more frequently. I have had this since I was a child but they are worse into adult hood. Middle aged now and they still happen. I hate them and always hope eventually I won’t have them anymore but they always come back.

  • I’ve had what seemed to be hundreds of times of lucid dreaming….even nested dreaming. In lucid dreaming….I would be alert…see everything around me as I normally would. But I couldn’t use my body….couldn’t lift myself, I’d try to jolt myself awake with extreme force which only made it worse. I’ve also noticed that when each dream would be false awakened from, I wasn’t really all that tired. I would pick up the remote to start the tv….sometimes it would go on, sometimes it wouldn’t. I knew I was dreaming because everytime I picked up the remote, I would find myself back in the same position along with the remote in its original position….like a magic trick….there are occasions where I’d get up to use the computer…. notice that things weren’t working properly, and wham…back in bed. I knew I was dreaming…everything was as it was in perfect detail…. the only problem was, I could not move. Like I said earlier, I’d wake up each time, I’d wake up feeling refreshed but couldn’t move. Then I would try my hardest to wake myself up…only to be let down every time. Then I would imagine myself jolting up….and focus n focus and focus and about after 4 or 5 times…I would sprint up….not being able to breathe… and had the biggest headache and was exhausted… still tired. Maybe from experiencing mental distress n array from trying to wake up so hard.

    Then again all my dreams are insanity.

  • You know you are sleeping. I try to awake. I sort of can see the room because I almost always like to sleep with a little light on. In my dream I might be doing something physical like for an example, just trying to get out of bed. But I cant. I think it happens when I am trying to do the right things in my life but I cant or I am trying to do the wrong things but I cant. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  • I’m 21 and I have nested dreams, usally around 2-4 each time I dream. I have a bit of stress in my life and drink coffee everyday to stay awake. I will ‘wake up’ to my phone alarm and it’s bright outside, turn on the phone and the display will either tell me it’s 10:38 or sometime after 3 pm. I then go about my morning routine or skip it (if the clock showed that it was in the afternoon). Sometimes in this fake day I pass someone something important, answer a message that I’ve been intending to reply but didn’t know how to before, etc. It’s affecting my memory to the point that my friends would ask me for something and I would reply “I thought I did give this back to you a while ago (in the dream)” or I’ve finished creating something in a dream and I spend hours trying to find that piece of work because I didn’t remember that I didn’t actually make it.

  • I just experienced nested dreams, like 5-6 false awakenings in row. Very stressful..you think like you are stuck and wont be able to wake up

  • I was dreaming that somebody was chasing me. It was dark, I couldn’t see who or what it was. Then I suddenly woke up. I was surprised to see my friends around me. We were on a vacation, I think? We were inside a cabin. I turned to one of my friends and asked, “Is this a dream?” Then he looked at me weirdly and shook his head. “Of course not. This is real.” So I nodded and continues to look around. Then I don’t really remember what happened after that, I just remember waking up again. This time, I’m in my room. It was still dark, and I didn’t question it because I am a very light sleeper and I usually wake up in the middle of the night, normally around 2am to 4am. So normally, I feel the need to go to the bathroom. But then I noticed that my sight’s blurry. So I panicked a little and thought that it was my lupus acting up. So as I got to the bathroom, I noticed a white blur walking in front of me very slowly. It was just walking there, left to right, then right to left. I thought it was my mom, so I tried calling her. It did not respond and thankfully did not get closer to me. So I got to the phone, called my father but he too did not answer. Then I started panicking and I don’t know why but it was dark and I was alone and I didn’t know what to do. Then it got harder to breathe, like simeone was sitting on your chest and pushing sown on you. Then it was then I realized I was dreaming so I tried to wake up. And thankfully I did. That was the very first time that happened to me and I did not sleep a wink that night. I woke up around 2:30am and that got me scared to even move because it was like the dream all over again. So I searched about it and here I am

  • My family and girlfriend throws a pool party for me. It’s extravagant and outlandish, so I assume half-consciously that this is probably a dream. I wake up to my girlfriend beside me, who asks “did you like your party?” I said “that was real?”. Confused, she said “yeah”. I walk outside and there’s a party half cleaned up. I said “I thought I was dreaming!” She shook her head, “noo…??”. I freaked out and said “I don’t wanna live this life…” I tried to open and close my eyes…that’s when I woke up. Not the first time this has happened either.

  • I was very anxious and stressed before i took my nap in the afternoon.

    “I woke up , looked outside my window and it was already dark. I get up out of bed feeling really upset because i slept the whole day and didn’t get any work done. So i walked to my desk where i left some notes and drawings i did that morning but i couldn’t read the text, it was really blurry so i try to look for my phone to find a flashlight and message a friend but my phone screen was also blurry and the lights were blinking. So i kept on walking around my house but none of the lights are working either, i kept walking more and started to think ” i guess it is already dark, i am going to keep sleeping” and when i returned to my bed, my bed mattress was flipped upside down. I started feeling scared because i thought there was someone in my house. I kept on wondering if this was real or if it was a dream” so from the fear i was feeling , i made a fist with my hands and said “If this is a dream, you have to get out of here NOW!, wake up! ” and nothing happened. Then i started hearing footsteps and i did again and i finally woke up in my bed.”
    The strange thing is that this happened in between the time of an hour nap , but it felts like years. Being stuck in a dream is real and controlling it can be a real challenge……

  • I keep having these and thinking they’re sleep paralysis so i’m very glad. It’s just me sinking into bed when I fall asleep or trying to wake up but not being able to move. It’s very interesting because I’ve struggled so much to get my body moving when I realize that none of it was real.

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