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#1 *Tash*



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Posted 31 May 2008 - 07:19 PM

I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced anything like this...

A few weeks ago I went to bed after one or two too many glasses of wine (something I never do). A few hours later, I had a horrible dream that I had woken up to see a ghostly woman standing in our bedroom doorway, with a lantern. I panicked, and tried to wake my fiance, only I couldn't move. I then realised I was still asleep, so woke myself up, and then started talking to him about what I had dreamt. He reassured me, then we heard noises coming from our loungeroom. He got up to check what was going on, and grabbed a frying pan from beside our bed. I thought this was a little strange, then realised I was still asleep. I woke myself up again, and found myself lying next to sleeping fiance, unable to speak. I woke myself up again, and this time tried shaking him, but couldn't move my arms. I remember consciously thinking to myself, say something, and was murmuring loudly when I finally opened my eyes. I was very distressed by this point, and actually woke up my poor fiance, who had trouble convincing me that I actually *was* awake! Thankfully I was, and managed to fall back into a dreamless sleep!

Does anyone have any idea what on earth was going on??

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#2 Jek83


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Posted 13 June 2008 - 05:51 PM

I have no idea what it means - but man that would suck! Have you been stressed at all?

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 06:26 PM

This happened to me a few weeks ago, though no where near as freaky.

I dreamed of a fairly typical morning - waking up, waving hubby off to work, feeding the cat, having breakfast, and jumping online. I actually woke up when I was confused as to why I was looking at a Windows interface rather than my regular Mac one. blink.gif

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 05:53 PM

I have, and I found out it's an experience that has a proper name. Hypnogogic and hypnopompic hallucinations happen when you're either falling asleep (hypnogogic) or waking up (hypnopompic). They're characterised by feeling as though you're awake but completely unable to move. It's often associated with some strong feeling of a presence in the room, sometimes threatening. People may see an intruder in the room but feel they're unable to do anything about it, which can be quite scary! Something like 37% of people have reported to have had them at least once, so it's completely normal. In mine I felt I was lying in bed with an unknown man, and the first thing I assumed was that he'd drugged me - and I felt this intense rage that I couldn't even move my head to see his face so I'd know who to blame. Other people have suggested it as an explanation for alien encounters!
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 10:45 PM

Yes it has happened to me and its very disturbing. I even started a thread about it too a little while ago, here:


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Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:00 PM

yep, sounds like a case of sleep paralysis
it can be absolutely terrifying - but i've learnt to actively identify it when it's happening and get myself out of it quickly without having a heart attack (breathe and relax into it, count to 20..)

it happens to me when i don't get enough sleep and i'm stressed. i usually have 'dreams' that i'm being abducted my aliens and i can't move or scream (funny you mention that Soph!!)
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:37 PM

I quite frequently have one dream, and then it feels like I go straight into another- and in that one, I'm awake!

Last night I had a nightmare, and then subsequently dreamt I'd woken from the nightmare and was trying to cuddle up to DH as he slept laugh.gif

The worst is when you think you're awake, but are actually dreaming and having another nightmare. Ick.

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