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simone54's avatar

What is this sleeping disorder?

Asked by simone54 (7600points) May 6th, 2008

Let me try to explain this the only way I can so other people will understand.

I’ll be sleeping like normal. Then I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, only it’s like my mind is still in a dream sorta. Then I can’t get back to normal sleep. It’s only happens when I have high stress.

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trogdor_87's avatar

Just wondering, how do you know your still not just asleep dreaming?

simone54's avatar

I’m psychically awake. I can get up and walk around.

peedub's avatar

Overactive ESP?

Maybe you’re having the kind of dreams Hertaru is always asking about.

psyla's avatar

Sounds like lucid dreaming to me. Can you decide that you will fly & then go ahead and fly in these dreams?

simone54's avatar

I do, do a lot of lucid dreaming, not always by choice. but if I’m think about something a lot I will do it. Like one time I was getting my new computer delivered and had a dream about that, That works for negative as well.

BUT that is not what I’m talking about here. The thing is my question is really unpleasant. I will feel STUCK in my awake dream thing and I don’t get any real sleep.

Sorry if you don’t understand what I’m trying to say. It’s hard to explain.

DeezerQueue's avatar

I know what you’re talking about it. I’ve never sought help for it because it fortunately doesn’t occur with any great frequency. It’s as if the dream is simply too much, my body physically responds to it, waking me up, leaving me unable to psychologically play out the dream to a more natural, rested state. Because my body is so active at that point, sleep is impossible. I get up, may be able to get back to sleep after a few hours, and then manage to get 1–2 hours of sleep again before the alarm goes off.

There have been a few occasions where it happened shortly before waking, and this seems to leave me in a sort of stupor, it happened this morning, for example. I felt as though I was alcohol impaired, my judgment was poor and thought process less responsive than normal, it felt as though I simply had woken up too soon.

You know, they do that sort of crap in basic training, wake you up in the middle of the night when you’re most likely to be in a dream state and then you’re expected to get with the program. In that state I have to admit we were all psychologically malleable.

You recognize that stress is a factor, most likely unfinished business. It’s a good time to set goals, even if they’re simple. Finish a certain task or project to wipe it off of your psychological slate. Make a list and work through it before you go to bed so that you can somewhat address the unfinished business that you’re taking to dreamland with you.

Good luck. I did find this website, which may offer some insights: Sleep Disorders.

psyla's avatar

When you’re lucid dreaming, and you decide to fly, has it ever been because you’re trying to fly away from vampires?

psyla's avatar

If not Vampires, are there any other archtypes in the dream symbolism that pose a direct threat to you?

psyla's avatar

The term “sleep disorder” is so demeaning. You, my friend, are blessed with some sort of untapped psychic potential.

psyla's avatar

The psychologist Carl Jung would say that you have some sort of bridge cojoining your concious and subconcious mind, that most people do not have. Because it requires times of great stress to access the bridge, it seems that great energy is required to maintain the concious/subconcious connection. It may seem unnatural and uncomfortable to you, but if you were able to harness this ability, you would easily gain great insight into yourself, and even possibly others.

Val123's avatar

Well, you said it happens during times of stress, so I’d say it’s just the stress. Your brain is still worrying over whatever is stressing you out and it wakes you up so it won’t have to worry alone. I would call that a normal reaction to stress, not a “disorder.”

silverfly's avatar

Not sure what you’re experiencing, but I know a doctor here in Austin who’s very knowledgeable. You can go in to a doctor that specializes in sleep and get a proper diagnosis. His site is

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