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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