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Hypnagogia (Half-awake dreams.)
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Posted 8/28/12

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Yeah, I could have sworn that I read somewhere that it was termed/called "Sleeping Hag" or "Old Hag" syndrome. I used to get that too, not the visual stuff but hearing stuff, sometimes it would feel like I had headphones on and the volume was turned all the way up.



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I once had that happen three times in a row... And when it happens my whole body tenses/flexes and wakes me up freaking me the hell out, if someone were sleeping next to me it would probably scare the shit out of them too.
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Posted 8/28/12
Like those dreams where it feels like you're falling and you wake up half asleep still having that falling sensation? Those are cool, but scary at the same time...
Posted 8/28/12
I have never heard of the term "Old Hag" before, so I will keep that in mind. It doesn't happen every night, just every now and then. I think it might even hereditary as my mother said to me that she and her mother had it as well, and eventually passed it on to me. I am trying to stay away from caffeine, during the night, and staying away from bed time snacks, as I started to believe that caffeine and snacks during the night keeps my brain active.

And I have experienced sleep paralysis ("Old Hag Syndrome") occurs more when I have too much caffeine or having bed time snacks.
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My half awake dreams are all of my subconcious trying to lure me back to sleep. For example the other day I half dreamed that I couldn't get out of bed cause it was sticky... or the time I dreamed that I was on vacation when I wasn't... or the time that I dreamt that my alarm clock went off early so I kept pressing snooze... or the time when I dreamed that there was a huge snowfall so I didn't need to get up for work... or the time that I thought I had already gotten up but really I was still dreaming in bed... or.. well you get it by now.

and then my wife wonders why I have so much trouble getting up in the morning.
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Posted 8/28/12

Shrapnel893 wrote:

Like those dreams where it feels like you're falling and you wake up half asleep still having that falling sensation? Those are cool, but scary at the same time...


I had that once.. unfortunately I actually was falling though. Bunk bed... head meets attached desk shortly followed after by floor... it was a bad morning.
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This conversation also reminds me that my subconcious has no sense of direction, when I was a teen I slept in my bed backwards one day just for no reason... and in the middle of the night it tried to sleep walk but instead of getting off the bed I ran into the wall... as far as I know that is the only time I have ever sleepwalked... I am a sleep walking failure apparently...
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Posted 8/28/12
Yeah and I find them uncomfortable
Posted 8/29/12
That's every day.
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Posted 8/29/12
I'm a pretty sound sleeper most of the time, though I do dream a lot even then. And I usually remember my dreams very well. For some reason I often dream that I'm some kind of assassin. Sometimes in a realistic world and sometimes in a sort of video game-ish world. I don't play video games at all though, I thoroughly suck at it. I can play Tetris and wordfued, that's pretty much my limit. I have no coordination in my fingers, if guitarhero tells me to press red the wrong finger will move and I'll probably press any other colour.

But I have been lucid while dreaming enough times to be familiar with the feeling. That feeling of being stuck in between. Sometimes I can't put my finger on when the "in between" began, but other times it starts with sounds, smells etc from the outside world filtering into my dreams. Like, someone is taking a shower and I start dreaming that it's raining. And it builds from there until you're aware that you're lying in bed and someone is rummaging through the kitchen or things like that and your attention starts to drift between what your mom is making for breakfast and the sniper at the top of that building over there.

My dreams feel incredibly real so I often wake up with the feeling of lingering touch, smells, sights and sound. It's often in that lingering state that I realize that I'm between dream and reality. Which is why I relish in the occasional sex dream. Not quite as pleasant when you dream you've been, stabbed, shot, maimed or tortured... Of course it's not the kind of piercing or pounding pain you'd get in real life. It feels like a pain based on emotions, but when I don't know that I'm not awake I don't know that the pain isn't physical so when I do wake up completely I make sure to check for flesh wounds.

I also have some recurring dreams. One or two are of me being an assassin, sometimes my "mission" feels like it continues from where it left off the last time I woke from it. There's a whole lot of action that I recognize, but I never seem to know on exactly what kind of mission I am. So there's basically just a whole lot of bloodshed and strategic escapes going on. (Not a very strategic person in real life mind you)

But one that I've had since I was about five years old is set in the town where I live: At the foot of a hill is the first daycare me and my twin brother attended. The hill is an asphalt road with a sidewalk and there are a lot of trees and boulders, as well as paths leading into the woods at either side. It's nighttime and some sort of monster that looks kind of like a giant disfigured slug with arms, in different hues of green, is dragging a blue blanket along the ground and up the hill. Not walking on the sidewalk but at the opposite side of the road. It's obvious there's something inside the blanket, the monster has the corners of it clutched in his hand. Suddenly a corner of the blanket slips from his grasp and from outside the blue blanket a newborn baby rolls out and down the hill. The monster just keeps walking sluggishly, not caring about the baby and from inside the blanket you can see another baby. But before you know if the monster takes off with it or if it will fall out from the blanket and roll down the hill as well, the dream ends. Sometimes I wake up, otherwise it just repeats itself, even in the span of one night. Sometimes I wake up crying. I don't usually cry when I'm awake, like ever. Maybe if I watch a really sad movie but otherwise not really.

Something that happens more frequently while I sleep is that I somehow take of all of my clothes. I'll wake up completely naked with the distinct memory of putting on my pajamas the night before. Other times I'll wake up having turned so that my head is at the foot end of the bed and so on. My parents say that I sleep talk a little, we all do. But none of us can hold a candle to my older sister. She can hold a detailed conversation while asleep. And I only sleep walked when I was little. I sure hope I wont start again. If I did I might run around naked while still asleep trying to dodge bullets or engaging in imaginary hand to hand combat...

I wonder what Freud would say...
Posted 8/31/12
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Posted 8/31/12
I can also relate to you.
I used to have the feeling that someone was poking my back and that I was in an altered state of mind, almost dreaming.
Yet, the whispers, or tricks of light where I see something that wasn't there before have happened to countless people throughout the ages.With rumors/myths of demons or entities bring the cause behind it.
Personally, I'm 50/50 when it comes to believing they are all part of sleep paralysis or dreaming
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Posted 8/31/12

NoaHHaoN wrote:
I wonder what Freud would say..

Sigmund Freud would have a field day! Trying to explain all of that, I think he'd especially love the sex dreams.
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Posted 8/31/12
Fricken hate that sht. I scare myself, and get paranoid as fk. It's happened 2 times in my whole lifetime, I feel possessed and as if someone's watching me. Fking sht lol
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Posted 9/1/12
I get them, but most of them are sexual.

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Posted 9/1/12 , edited 9/1/12
I do. But most of the time I don't physically see the dream, the images an sounds go by in my head. I've only started seeing images when falling asleep twice, and they disappeared immediately because it surprised me.

And it seems like a lot of you are talking about sleep paralysis. Could you move your body?
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