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Hypnagogia (Half-awake dreams.)
Posted 8/27/12
I'm not entirely sure that's what it's called, but, have you ever had, or frequently have dreams, that you're awake in your own bed, but, you're still asleep?

This happens to me frequently. I always have those half-awake dreams, where I wake up in my own bed, but I kind of know I'm still asleep, and it feels like there's somebody touching me. It sounds quite creepy... And perverted...

ANYWAY, it feels as if somebody is running their hands all over my legs sometimes, and even poking at my spine, causing my back to twitch, and its quite uncomfortable. Anybody have any of these experiences? Perhaps weirder than mine?

If this is a duplicate, please delete it, I apologize if it is, I'm pretttttyyyy darn sure it isn't.
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Posted 8/27/12 , edited 8/27/12
oh! i think it comes under Sleep Paralysis, too. cos i get that shit all the damn time >_<

just the other night i had it and i could see some chick's head over my shoulder, with her hair dangling in my face. freaked the shit outta me when i was able to wake myself up {-_-]
Posted 8/27/12 , edited 8/27/12
Closest I can think of is having a dream where I was awake in bed, but had a bunch of creepy dolls about to attack me before I woke up. : / And I've had some where I was walking around my house before something weird happened. But I've never felt the sensation you mentioned XD So, I'm not entirely positive this is what you mean. Sorry.
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Posted 8/27/12
Frequently. I wake up at 5 in the morning and lie there until 7.

They're generally a continuation of the dreams i have when I'm awake but stupider. Because my half-asleep mind like to think to of disturbing things.
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Posted 8/27/12
I haven't consciously experienced something like that.
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Posted 8/27/12
I'll wake up sometimes and have lingering effects of a dream, like my body will twitch and jump, but I've never felt like someone was touching me... Watching me, maybe, but that might just be paranoia after those stranger dreams.

But yeah, that does sound kinda like Sleep Paralysis, as olivani mentioned.
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Posted 8/27/12 , edited 8/27/12
I've been experimenting with sensory deprivation and a very specific set of proprietary sedatives for some time now.

What you're describing is the result of interaction between two major brain structures. Where your neocortex normally fully shuts down when asleep, in your case it's in some kind of a warm-boot, so to speak. Next time you're stuck like that try to remember a limerick, or poem -- something you've got extremely well memorized. I use dirty limericks personally, heh. Once you can recall it, then push for more, try to pull on other information from your neocortex, the multiplication table, or table of elements, I go through all the atomic numbers and their isotopes, but I've heard that even using something nonsensical like bible verse, or the lord's prayer will work.

Thinking with your higher brain while you're still using your reptilian brain, is being awake while asleep.

If you can get good at not waking up, you can become FULLY awake (completely lucid). This method I've described will give you an avenue to take control of the dream. It's not really a dream by the way, it's just a type of thought processes which is completely foreign to the other half of our brain which our primary thinking-voice comes from. The "you" inside you. The subconscious mind has amazing powers of calculation, and visualization, you can use it like free 3D modeling software. I've actually managed to be productive, so I can attest to it personally along with all the research claims and testimonials already out there.

Best of luck, you clearly have the neurology for it, so unlike me you might actually be able to stay asleep on your own without sedatives, or the tank.
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Posted 8/27/12
I can attest to the uses of this state. I have successfully studied for exams and even spoken presentation using this method. My sub-conscious runs thru the material over and over at a much faster rate than if I was completely awake. The only down side, I am not completely rested when I do awake and have a hard time functioning in a normal manner. A quick nap after the exam or presentation brings me back up to speed.
Posted 8/27/12 , edited 8/27/12
I get sleep paralysis though. In which it's almost like I do feel like I have half awake dreams. Although doctors believe it has something to do with sleep apnea or something, like the brain is not getting enough oxygen. The only I say that is rubbish, as when I go through the stage of sleep paralysis, my breathing is either normal or breathing heavily dues to being stressed in that situation.
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Posted 8/28/12

Minuet wrote:

I get sleep paralysis though. In which it's almost like I do feel like I have half awake dreams. Although doctors believe it has something to do with sleep apnea or something, like the brain is not getting enough oxygen. The only I say that is rubbish, as when I go through the stage of sleep paralysis, my breathing is either normal or breathing heavily dues to being stressed in that situation.


I know how that is. Used to get it a lot in high school.

I once took a nap after working out when the house was like 90-95 degrees or so, felt like I was awake, couldn't move, eyes were open a little bit, but I could swear I saw a lady with hair covering her face, wearing a kimono, and holding a Japanese-style umbrella doing a bon-dance around my living room table... Keep in mind here there are stories here in Hawaii of a type of Japanese faceless ghost that appearance... Needless to say I think I wanted the shit my pants because I never, ever, want to see that ghost, I would rather let someone punch me in the gut their hardest than see that.
Posted 8/28/12
Wow, that is freaky. But I can relate to what you're saying. Yeah I have experienced a lot of these kinds of things that I often regard them as "paranormal", although a lot of people I've come across, including the doctors I've spoken too about this situation don't believe it.

I've also experienced seeing a young girl, wearing a white dress walking around my room, including hearing your footsteps. I have experienced seeing adults, both male and female, and I've also heard footsteps, and footsteps with feet shackles walking up and down the hall way, and I was freaked out.

I have also experienced voices and whispers, generally female, but have heard male as well. It has occurred when wide awake, but generally at night during sleep.
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Posted 8/28/12 , edited 8/28/12
I have day dreams, night dreams, nap dreams, sleep dreams, and recurring waking dreams...

Insomnia really does a number on you after a number of years. x.x

Regarding lucidity...I've been aware of the fact that I have occasionally sleep-walked before. What I haven't been aware of was why I did it, and even worse, why I've sleep-eaten before. Several times in the past I've woken up in bed with a bag of something nearby, confused. Other times I remember doing it, but was shocked to discover that I was actually never awake when I did. I have heard voices that sound eerily similar to people I know before while lucid...it's odd. What's even more confusing is how I can very often consciously be awake, remember what I am doing, and then randomly lapse back into sleep by no direct action of my own, later forgetting that I was ever even awake to begin with...it's been happening to me a lot lately... This is really interfering with my sleep and mainly my sanity sometimes.

I'm going to a sleep clinic soon, because this sort of thing is getting way too out of hand now.
Posted 8/28/12
Yes, actually all of them are about me falling down...
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Posted 8/28/12
^ oo, I hate that feeling. When you dream about falling down.

When that happens to me, I feel tired throughout the day, as if I didn't get any sleep at all.
Also happens when I'm stressed out.
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Posted 8/28/12 , edited 8/28/12
The closest I've had is a dream about waking up and then actually waking up. Kinda makes you question reality for the day. Even weirder if you go to bed somewhere and wake up somewhere else. Especially when that somewhere else requires the use of stairs to get to.
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