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What is called when you dream and your not in REM sleep?

Asked by simone54 (7616points) August 16th, 2008

Just about every night just when right before I fall a sleep, I start dreaming. It is usually just a flash of some weird stuff, usually a lot of quick flashes. The thing is. I’m not asleep yet. I’m 100% conscious, I can still hear, move, and see (if I opened my eye) I don’t know if everyone has this but it seems happen to me most nights. Anyone know what I mean?

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Lightlyseared's avatar

Lucid dreaming

Harp's avatar

It’s called hypnogogia. Hypnogogic hallucinations don’t typically have storylines or continuity like REM dreams do; they’re just flashes of “weird stuff”. The same kind of thing can happen during the period when you’re just waking up, only then it’s called “hypnopompia”.

Harp's avatar

Oops, according to the article I linked to, I misspelled it. Should be hypnagogia.

susanc's avatar

Yeah, lucid dreaming is different. You usually have to train yourself to do that, but
it’s cool, because you gain the ability to affect what happens in your dream,
participate in the dream’s design instead of being a passive moviegoer. Very powerful.

alive's avatar

if you haven’t already, you should see the movie called “The Science of Sleep”

simone54's avatar

Thanks Harp! I heard that word before a long time ago and forgot what it was. Now I know.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Ah sweet there is a word for this weirdness i experience every night.

simone54's avatar

What? There is a word for Tony coming in room and touching you when you are sleeping?

El_Cadejo's avatar

lols i thought that was our little secret ;) dont worry, its never as good as when you used to come over :)

simone54's avatar

You win again.

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