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i was having a night terror and i felt like i had woken up but i wasn't fully awake and i went out into the living and screamed for my mum to wake me up, when i finally awkoe i was in bed and i couldn't move or speak. what was this?


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Coufreyrac
I think that's just a really cool dream with, maybe a few lucid bits in it. 'Lucid dreaming' is what happens when you are asleep and dreaming, but are aware of the fact that you are dreaming. This happens often in spots where you're trying to catch a nap but know that it's a bad spot and don't expect to sleep very well. Sleeping on a plane, the sleep you get between taps on the snooze button, the sleep you get when your baby doesn't sleep at night....Places where you, for whatever reason, must sleep, but aren't really expecting a good sleep. Lucidity often shows up all by itself in situations like that. Ever been between snooze button pushes and tried to finish a dream while knowing that it was a dream? That's the basic idea behind lucid dreaming.

You should do search on it. There are also ways to encourage lucid dreaming and, from what some would say, do it every night.

Most often, when I realize I'm dreaming, it startles me physically and I wake up. I've read however, that, with practice, a person can eventually get to the point where the lucid state is frequently the case when they dream and that, with practice, some can actually alter the storylines or content of dreams while in the lucid state.

Wouldn't that be fun? Seriously.

Anyway...dreams and consciousness can be pretty interesting and rather convoluted things (which you will know, if you're highly involved with your snooze button). I think you realized that you were in a dream but then immediately associated that knowledge with the past and made the leap that you were now awake.

Now...Maybe you're not in the USA and the term 'night terror' means something other than it does here. Here a 'night terror' is some kind of psychological phenomenon...like PTSD or an anxiety attack. If you just mean a very bad dream, which we would call a nightmare, here, then really what you're talking about is a very vivid dream.

How cool is that?

Personally, I love it when I have nightmares. Let's face it...Horror movies are very rarely actually scary . We watch them hoping that they'll scare us...but usually they don't...not once we're older than 12. Nightmares, however, are awesome. They always involve us in a situation which, for some reason, involves our personal doom. In other words, they're very scary. Sometimes the fear remains with us even after we've woken and realized we were dreaming.

How cool is that?

So, basically, I think what I'm saying is that nothing weird happened; you just had a very cool dream. Except it wasn't just a dream it was a nightmare. The fact that it convinced you, momentarily, that it might be real just makes it cool.


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What you describe is a classic out-of-body experience, or OOBE. About half of all people who report going through an OOBE during sleep also experience sleep paralysis. Because the experience is rather dreamlike, most people shrug it off as just that, even though deep inside they know it was something more.

An out-of-body experience occurs when someoneís consciousness leaves their body and is able to travel and experience sensations, such as sight and hearing. When this happens, most people donít realize they have left their body behind until they look back and see it. Sometimes, they never look back, so they donít know what it is they are experiencing.

When an OOBE occurs while sleeping, it is usually during a time of lucid dreaming, a state in which you are conscious of the fact that you are dreaming and can think relatively normally during the dream. This is where part of the confusion lies. However, it is purported that some people can give details of things that were going on in distant places without ever having left their bed.

While OOBEs are highly disputed by the scientific community, sleep paralysis is a known medical condition. It occurs either before going to sleep or after awakening. The person experiencing sleep paralysis is fully conscious and lying in bed but they cannot move or control their body. The actual cause of sleep paralysis is unknown. It is said to exist in people during an OOBE because their consciousness is either just leaving the body or entering it, and it takes some time for it to regain full control.

So, now you have to decide yourself if you were just dreaming you went out into the living room or if you actually went out into the living room. If your mother heard you screaming, you may have been sleepwalking. If she didnít, she simply may not have woken up. If it happens again, try looking around to see if you see your body or try to witness something that can later be verified. Otherwise, you can never prove you just dreamed you woke up.


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