curious if anyone has these sleeping syptoms and what is it??

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   Posted 8/9/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes, usually when i have stayed up thinking and thinking and then when i drift off to sleep finally, i dun even know how to explain this but here i go best i can. I may get some scary pictures in my head or the sound of people talking in my dreams feel so real like there in the room but then the thing that gets me is ill want to wake up but im so deep in sleep that my body is fighting to move but my mind wants me to wake up and it takes a while and it almost feels like im having a seizure or something coz im fighting to wake up and i cant, well i do in the end but its so scary but it cant be a seizure or anything bcoz my son sleeps next to me and when i look at him he is fast asleep, usually he would wake up if he knows im uncomfortable. For exp i had a scary dream once and then in my mind i was screaming so loudly but i didnt actually know if i was doing it for real or not, but that is how real it felt then the same thing happend fighting to wake up and when i did i realise it didnt happen. and it was just in my mind me screaming freaky huh, i jus dunno why this happens. and then the other time, i was dreaming u kno after not sleeping for a while and then it felt like i kept dangling my head down the side of the bed in a freaky way i was imagining this in my sleep but also not knowing if i was actually doing it or not.. and it is scary so i had to fight to wake up again then it happens again feels like i cant move, whats wrong with me???? its only happend a few times but everytime it does it has been horrible and that is why i need to have proper sleeps i have to avoid staying awake thinking at all costs coz that is what happens. does anyone have a clue what this is??

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   Posted 8/9/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Good Evening,
Please remember I am not a professional and if this is a serious problem for you do follow up with your physician.
Nightmare disorder, which is also called dream anxiety disorder, is characterized by the occurrence of repeated dreams during which the sleeper feels threatened and frightened. The sense of fear causes the person to awake.

Nightmares are dreams that cause intense fear. These dreams are often complex and fairly long. During the dream, the sleeper usually encounters or experiences a threat to their life or safety. Nightmares are also reported that do not involve physical danger.

As the dream progresses, the threat to the person usually increases, as does their sense of fear. Waking usually occurs just as the threat or danger reaches its climax. It is often difficult for a person to return to sleep after waking from a nightmare. Nightmares usually occur during the second half of the night's sleep.

This could be what you are describing.

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   Posted 8/9/2008 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I often start dreaming right before I actually fall asleep. I get some really vivid pictures in my head and even hear random voices. It's certainly a dream yet it feels SO real. I normally don't worry about it, I've always been an avid dreamer and so it's normal for me.

But the fighting to wake up thing is SCARY. It's only happened to me once. It's actually what started the height of my anxiety this year. I remembered sleeping and in my dream I remembered screaming because I couldn't wake up. My mind KNEW I was awake yet I couldn't move for a few seconds. Was terrofying. I think this is what you were describing? Not sure what it is. And I'm so sorry to hear that you're dealing with this. It's a scary thing. Nightmare disorder, like stkitt suggested, certainly may be your answer.

Also, I'd like to add.. if you're spiritual at all. I've been told that while you're sleeping, your soul drifts off and visits amazing places & the feeling you get at night when you can't wake up or move, is because you're soul is having trouble getting back into your body. Weird, huh. Not sure if I believe that or not - sounds interesting though. :P

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   Posted 8/9/2008 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   

 Wow! That is exactly what experience almost every night. ... not every night.. but at least 4 times a week or so... takes me days to get over one nightmare...and bang , I have another one.... the feeling of knowing you're awake and aware of your dream but can't wake up is awful... I actually ache... my arms and legs won't move but they hurt , a lot... I try and try to wake up and when I finally do... I'm shaky, weak and can barely walk. I've been experiencing this for years... My counsellor said that bad memories, traumatic events in one's life aren't meant to stay bottled up... they have to come out somehow, somewhere... She said it would actually do my body, mind more harm if I didn't have the nightmares....

Sure wish they would leave me alone though... I haven't had a good nights sleep in soooo long. I sometimes wish God would just knock me out with a little baseball bat, render me unconscious for a couple of days... just sweet sleep... no nightmares. ! Guess what I'm going to be doing when I get to heaven... first... eating like there is no tomorrow... everything my little heart desires.... and second... sleeping!


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   Posted 8/10/2008 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
yes, this is what im experiancing, especially the way syn described the screaming in the mind thing and wanting to wake up, i found this fascinating yet at the same time confused. it does feel weird when ur trying to wake up and it does take a few seconds.. i just never knew what it was. i dunno if the soul visits places but i reckon its somethign to do with the mind being more awake and the body being completly asleep, like its not matched up, thats why now what i do is, if im falling back asleep after the incident, i will force myself to move my arm or leg or feet and just keep doing it for a while so incase i slip into it i can easily wake up, u kno get ur body awake more. it is weird, scariest thing though. im fearing the next one, its just so horrible.

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   Posted 8/10/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe you should think about seeing a sleep therapist? Would really do some good, I bet. Especially if it happens often. I can't imagine the strain your body or heart has from all that.

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   Posted 8/10/2008 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
yeh i dunno what happens to the body with this stuff i just really dont know why u cant wake up when u want to, i mean ive got my theory but it would be interesting to find out more about it, maybe even ways to deal with it if its happening, well its only happend twice maybe a third time too, but it hasnt happend more than 3 times and only happens when i havent had enough sleep and i think too much possibly about all the bad things that are happning to me. then when i drift off it will happen but not right away. its just so freaky more than anything, but it is associate with my bad dreams however i used to have nightmares before like really bad ones and it never used to happen, it just started in the last couple of years, i mean 3 times in 2 years isnt bad i guess but its still horrible.
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