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Did you ever confuse a dream with reality?

Asked by filmfann (45670points) March 12th, 2012

How long before you realized the dream hadn’t really happened?
How did it change what you did?
Did it embarass you?

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Ponderer983's avatar

I do this all the time. I don’t remember my dreams often, but when I do, they are usually based on reality. I rarely have a martians invading type dream. So I tend to confuse what people have said to me and can’t figure out which I was dreaming and which is real. Sometimes I’ll just ask the person if they said that or did something, and I’ll simply say (after their answer) that I had a dream where blah blah blah and explain why I asked. I’ve never done anything drastic based on this.

JLeslie's avatar

Yes, but very very rarely. I had something happen about a month ago in the middle of the night, and I am not sure if it was a dream or real. I think it was real. I guess that is more confusing reality with a dream, since if I had to bet, I would bet it really happened.

ragingloli's avatar

Every time I sleep I mistake the dream for reality. Until I wake up.

King_Pariah's avatar

Between the ages of 8–17 I lost sight of reality and could not differentiate the difference between dreams and reality.

Dog's avatar

I was able to distinguish pretty well before my mothers illness. That, coupled with raising four busy little girls and the lack of sleep tends to blend the lines of reality.
The nighmares are easy to distinguish. But some dreams are very subtle and it is only after I see puzzled looks on peoples faces that I realize it was a dream.

Blackberry's avatar

Yeah, I had a dream I was driving and all of my tires popped or lost air. I love my car a lot, so anything nightmare related has to do with me being without my car. I thought the dream was real and rushed outside to look at my tires.

Obviously, nothing was wrong with my tires, but even though I saw them in reality, I still even checked the pressure of my tires just because my dream freaked me out so much.

There is some context to this story, though: There was a month I went through where my tires actually did pop. I had two pop because some contractors at my work left small screws all over the parking lot, and after I replaced those tires, another one popped again randomly, so my tire dream could’ve been induced by my real experience.

Haleth's avatar

After work I came home and took a nap. I dreamed that I got up and went downstairs to work on a painting. That seemed like an everyday thing I would do anyway, so I thought it was real.

cookieman's avatar

I sometimes have very vivid dreams about what I do right after waking up – always mundane, everyday stuff. So when I finally really wake up, I can’t tell if it was a dream or if I actually did those things then went back to bed for some reason. I’ve stayed confused about this for several minutes and have had to ask my wife, “Did I just…”

For example: One morning I had a dream I was getting ready for work. Preparing for a meeting. When I woke up, I thought I had fallen back to sleep so I got ready for work and rushed out the door. As I got into the car, I realized it was Saturday and it was my day off.

augustlan's avatar

I have a bad habit of incorporating reality into my dreams, and it messes with me every time! Once when my daughter was in pre-kindergarten, I fell asleep sitting on the couch waiting for the bus to drop her off. (In my defense, I was sick and on cold medication.) I then proceeded to dream that:
I fell asleep while waiting for the bus, slept through someone knocking on my door, heard an answering machine message telling me they were taking my daughter back to the school since I didn’t appear to be home, which woke me up so jumped up and ran to open the front door, where I saw my (now-ex) husband walking up the driveway holding our daughter’s hand. In my dream, I thought, “Whew! I’m so glad he got her and brought her home!” and promptly went back to sleep.

I woke up for real a while later, and realized that what I’d thought was all a dream had actually happened. It was the bus driver knocking on my door, and the school system calling to tell me they were taking my daughter back to the school, everything except the part where her dad got her and brought her home. I slept right through all of it, ‘dreaming’. I felt so bad! I rushed right over to the school and picked up my girlie. It wasn’t all bad… she was eating some pizza with her favorite teacher. :)

filmfann's avatar

One morning, years ago, I walked into the bosses office, and he gave me my work for the day.
“The Alameda fiber job? This is already done!”
He looked at me quizzically.
I said “Larry, you told me this job was done 2 days ago!”
He said “We just got the job. We’ve been waiting for it!”
I took a breath, and said “Larry, 2 days ago you said this was done. We talked about it, then we went into the back room, where you showed me the new rocket packs…” I stopped, then added: “That might have been a dream…”
I was sure until the moment I said Rocket Packs that it had happened.

ragingloli's avatar

It happened. The Matrix just reconfigured itself and forgot to change your memories.
Prove me wrong.

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