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KoleraHeliko's avatar

Know of any other occurrences of dreams like this?

Asked by KoleraHeliko (1587 points ) November 3rd, 2011

Unfortunately I don’t usually recall useful details of dreams, and the actual dream itself isn’t as important as its effect. All I know is that it felt big, intricate and convincing. Also, something about living inside of a large tree.

In any case, when I awoke, I was quite confused. I wasn’t exactly sure of who I was for maybe an hour or so, and continued to mix up events and realities during the day.

I’m not particularly concerned about the content of the dream, as that wasn’t really distressing in any way. I just wonder if the effects after awakening are to be worried about.

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whitetigress's avatar

Sounds like you’ve been sleeping too much and have nothing really to look forward to responsibility wise. I’m just taking a wild guess because I used to be like that. I’d sleep all day and wake up at night. In between I’d wake up and be totally delirious of the world. I’d be conscious but I’d also stay in my own head.

augustlan's avatar

Sometimes I have really intense dreams, often when I’m sick or sleep-deprived. They can be hard to shake off for a while. I wouldn’t worry about it unless you can’t come out of that feeling.

KoleraHeliko's avatar

@augustlan That’s a good point, actually. It’s only happened once, so I’ll see if it happens again tonight.

keobooks's avatar

I had dreams like that nightly before my sleep apnea was treated. I rarely have them now, and when I do, I find out it’s because something went wrong with the CPAP machine in the night. I was told the type of dreams you’re speaking of come from really fitful sleep where you rustle around alot and even wake up a few times.

gailcalled's avatar

Most views about dreams are wild guesses. I would go with the emotions they generate; the strong effects just after waking up will fade.

(And you’re right; the details don’t matter.)

(Why render an opinion here that is, in reality, a wild guess. It helps no one.)

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flutherother's avatar

Your dream reminds me of Chuang Tzu’s dream…...

“Once upon a time, I, Chuang Tzu, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of following my fancies as a butterfly, and was unconscious of my individuality as a man. Suddenly I awaked, and there I lay, myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.”

KoleraHeliko's avatar

@flutherother I’d never heard this before. It’s rather nice. Similar situation in an episode of Stargate where a character couldn’t tell which of two realities was real.

Mine was especially confuddling, as I was several people throughout the whole affair.

flutherother's avatar

A curious dream. The butterfly story dates back to the 4th century BC.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Your body was alerted sooner than your mind to recover.
Tell yourself before falling to sleep to get a peacefull sleep and awake when the body and mind are in sync

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