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Has this ever happened to you?

Asked by MrMeltedCrayon (2799points) August 11th, 2008

Last night I was having a dream where I was a detective investigating an explosion that killed gorillas. Yeah, weird I know. Anyway, I started to feel sick to my stomach in the dream, only to wake up and realize I actually was sick to my stomach. My eyes were also rolling rapidly around in my head, and I was so dizzy I barely made it to the bathroom before I threw up. This has happened to me before, but this time was particularly bad. I was dizzy and generally gross feeling for a long time afterward, I had a massive headache (especially around my eyes) and found it terribly hard to get back to sleep.

Has this ever happened to any of you? Does anyone know that exactly causes it? I realize the rapid and uncontrollable eye movement probably has something to do with my waking up during REM sleep, but I haven’t been able to find anything similar to this through research, and no one I ask seems to have had this happen to them before.

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cheebdragon's avatar

visit a doctor ASAP

marinelife's avatar

Hmm, my initial assumption would have been that you were in actuality sick, and that feeling transferred into the dream. Are you sure the dream caused it?

MrMeltedCrayon's avatar

I don’t think it was the dream, per say, so much as the dizzy feeling coming through to the dream. It’s not a frequent thing by any means, and this is the only time where it’s been really bad. I usually just wake up with my eyes rolling and, with a little concentration, I can get them focused with only a bit of dizziness as a side effect. I know we spend most of our time in REM sleep, and most of our dreaming occurs in REM sleep. I also know that REM sleep usually ends with the person waking up or experience a little light sleep before waking up. What I’m curious to know is why I occasionally wake up with the rapid eye movement still occurring.

redsgirl4eva's avatar

I agree wth cheebdragon.

augustlan's avatar

I’ve experienced something similar, and it is (in my opinion) usually caused by not getting enough restorative sleep (I don’t sleep well). If I wake up during a period of deep sleep, without having had enough, I’ll be extremely dizzy, nauseus(sp?), and careening off the walls down the hall to the bathroom. The bigger problem is, this usually occurs in the morning, and I can’t snap out of it. I end up having to go back to bed. Has actually interfered with my daily duties a number of times.

MrMeltedCrayon's avatar

@augustian: That sounds very similar to what I have gotten.

Seeing as how I am currently unemployed and do not have health insurance, I don’t want to go into a doctor’s office only to get slapped on the back and be charged an arm and a leg just to be told it’s a simple case of vertigo. I usually prefer to err on the side of caution, but it’s just not in my financial realm of possibilities at the moment.

augustlan's avatar

where is shilolo when we need him? (or her? not sure)

cheebdragon's avatar

well you can always try a free clinic I guess, but if you wait too long, you could be dead…..the brightside is, you won’t have to worry about it happening again

augustlan's avatar

Cheeb, do you know something we don’t? Spill.

MrMeltedCrayon's avatar

If my head blows up and I die, I’ll make sure to summon up enough will power to manifest myself as a poltergeist in order to post on Fluther and let everyone know. :D

augustlan's avatar

thanks, we’d appreciate that!

cheebdragon's avatar

sounds like a plan

GG's avatar

I think you may have had a mild case of food poisoning. And/or the famous “vertigo.”

Our physical feelings can be detected during our dreams, and our minds weave them into our dreams. The other night I dreamt I was driving an SUV that rolled off the road and I got cracked ribs that really hurt. When I woke up, I was sleeping on a book that was digging into my side.

This is probably one of those weird occasional things that won’t happen again. If it does, then you really really should get to a doctor or clinic.

bodyhead's avatar

My guess would also be that you were already sick to your stomach and the feeling transferred to the dream.

Sometimes when I’m severely dehydrated and sleeping, I will dream about drinking water and going to get water over and over until I wake up and actually go drink some water. It happens more frequently then you might think.

cage's avatar

the other night I had a dream about eating off-meat, then I woke up with terrible stomach pains.

Weird eh.

Judi's avatar

It may be a 24 hour flu bug.
Have you had to much caffine? I know my sleep goes wacko if I have more than one Rockstar in a day. :-)

ninjaxmarc's avatar

Sounds like you need to meditate and balance your being.

McBean's avatar

One of the worst nightmares I’ve ever had I attribute to becoming sick while asleep. This happened way back when I was 17 or 18. The dream went like this:

Due to profound overpopulation, a mandated suicide-lottery had cropped up requiring all people – children included – to register for a monthly drawing which resulted in mandatory suicide. My name/number was drawn and I was given a month to choose the method and do away with myself.

My mother and I went to a Department Store so that I could look around the “Suicide Department” and get a feel for the way I wanted to kill myself. We looked around for probably about 20 minutes, weighing the pros and cons of each method. I did not want to die, of course. My mom – in my dream – seemed to be feigning sadness, but she actually seemed quite impatient to be having her day wasted on such a gruesome task.

“How about this one?” she asked as we stopped at what looked like a dentist’s sink with a headrest above it. It was a special apparatus that allowed you to rest comfortably with your chin and arms in a holster, positioned above the swirling water of the dentist’s sink. The water was intended to wash your blood down the drain once your throat and wrists were slit.

I still remember the feeling in my dream that I wanted to please my mother but didn’t want to die. I was trying to be polite about everything. I didn’t want to cause too much trouble. (In real life, my mom is the most sensitive, loving person I know!) So even though I was horrified, I agreed that bleeding to death would be a good choice for my demise. I wanted to leave the store and live out the rest of my last month, but my mother really wanted me to just “get it over with”.

Right there at Goldwater’s Department Store, right across from the shoe department, I put my chin in the cradle and let them lock my wrists in place. Just after my throat was slashed, and as I stared at my blood swirling down the sink, I heard the loudspeaker squawk with the announcement that Mandated Suicide had just been deemed unconstitutional and that all people that had been selected for death were free to go on living their natural lives. Too late for me, though.

When I woke up from that horrible dream, I had a raging temperature and a horrible case of strep throat.

Still, I think that you should mention the eye movement to your doctor. REM should occur during sleep only. There’s no good reason for that to be happening once you are awake. Best of luck to you.

Judi's avatar

McBean What an awful dream!!! That could tramatize a person for life being so vivid and all!! I am so sorry!!

McBean's avatar

It was, Judi. It happened over 25 years ago and I can still remember it vividly. It’s one of those ‘moments’ in life. It just happened to occur while I was sleeping. :-)

Judi's avatar

Just reading it made me have that sinking feeling in my gut.

augustlan's avatar

@Mc: Fevered dreams, indeed! I’ve had some doozies, too, while sick…and this brought them all back. thanks for that ;)

McBean's avatar

So sorry for sharing trauma, all. I suppose I should have issued a warning. <hanging head and kicking own shoe>

scamp's avatar

It sounds like you are having panic attacks while you sleep. Have you been under alot of stress lately? I agree with Cheeb. See your doctor soon.

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