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Dream Within A Dream!

Stormkhan

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Well, it finally happened!
When I woke up, I managed to recall several strange dreams - no surprises there - but one remained in my memory, mainly because I briefly woke up after it.

I dreamed that my wife and I were comfy and warm in a double bed in a large, very sparingly furnished room. I became aware that a small man - a midget - knocked on the door to the room, entered and quietly asked if I could get up and open the 'main shutters' of the building. Unsurprised (apparently), I did so and followed him out of the room to find myself in a warehouse similar to one I worked in over 20 years ago! I was about to move open the huge concertina-style shutters at the front when I suddenly said "Hang on! We don't have shutters here; they're in the loading bay!" and I woke up, back in the double bed with my wife in the large spartan room. I shook her awake to tell her of my dream ... only to wake myself up in our reality!

First time I've had a dream in a dream!
 

Sabresonic

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I had one a couple of weeks as was dreaming of my deceased brother walked into the front room of his house and I was asking for his help then work up in the attic bedroom thinking that was a strange dream and then went to open the bedroom door and my hand right through the door like I was a Ghost and then I really woke up.
 

catseye

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Increasingly as I get older I am getting weird hypnogogic... I suppose 'sensations' is the best way I can describe them. As I am falling asleep, I feel as though I am remembering a dream or having memories of things that definitely haven't happened. It feels a little like dreaming within a dream, because although I think I am awake and 'remembering', I'm really not, as is demonstrated by a sudden hypnic jerk or being woken up by external events.
 

Mouldy13

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Increasingly as I get older I am getting weird hypnogogic... I suppose 'sensations' is the best way I can describe them. As I am falling asleep, I feel as though I am remembering a dream or having memories of things that definitely haven't happened. It feels a little like dreaming within a dream, because although I think I am awake and 'remembering', I'm really not, as is demonstrated by a sudden hypnic jerk or being woken up by external events.


Oh yes!!!! exactly This happens to me just about every night as I'm dropping off. Those really clear "false" memories are very, very similar to temporal lobe epilepsy
 

catseye

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Oh yes!!!! exactly This happens to me just about every night as I'm dropping off. Those really clear "false" memories are very, very similar to temporal lobe epilepsy
I'm so glad someone else knows what I mean! No epilepsy here, although I am prone to migraines.
 

catseye

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My specialist said that it's only recently that neurologists have begun to investigate the links between migraine (which i also suffer from) and epilepsy
Well it's not THAT recently - I've known for at least five years, maybe longer, that there's a link.
 

dannycheveaux1

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Well it's not THAT recently - I've known for at least five years, maybe longer, that there's a link.
Maybe there is a link. I've had migraines for years now and sometimes have the dreams where you "wake up" from your dream, only to then "wake up" again, tell your partner about it and how strange it felt... then ACTUALLY wake up and tell your partner etc etc... A really strange sensation, but I love it! I'm on medication to keep the migraines at bay now and I don't think I've had this happen since.
 

catseye

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Maybe there is a link. I've had migraines for years now and sometimes have the dreams where you "wake up" from your dream, only to then "wake up" again, tell your partner about it and how strange it felt... then ACTUALLY wake up and tell your partner etc etc... A really strange sensation, but I love it! I'm on medication to keep the migraines at bay now and I don't think I've had this happen since.
I actually meant the link between migraines and epilepsy. My mother had truly dreadful, life-affecting migraines and the link with epilepsy was known back then. Maybe they are only just properly beginning to investigate. I think there was also so link posited with heart problems (hole in the heart if I remember rightly)?

I've only sporadically had the 'false awakening' dream.
 

brownmane

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I have always had dreams within in dreams. They can be confusing. Especially if my husband is in them and I am talking to him. He's been dead for 10+ years, but dreaming confuses me because I don't realize he's gone.

Perhaps similar to @catseye experience with false remembering, I have woken with memories that aren't real, but I figure out were short dreams that are so inane that I have to take minutes to sort out if it was a conversation I had or a dream. I once woke thinking that I owed my mom $20.00. I had to think this over for several minutes and came to the conclusion that the conversation was a dream simply because I don't borrow money from my mom.
 

Min Bannister

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I think I had the epitome of all anxiety dreams last night. I dreamed that I needed the toilet but couldn't find one. I eventually found ladies toilets but there was a man in there and the toilets were not in cubicles so I couldn't go. Then when I woke up I found I had wet the bed. :eek: Then when I actually woke up, I hadn't really wet the bed at all!

So I had dreamed that I dreamed that I couldn't get to the toilet..:headspinner:
This is one I had, copied from the What Did You Dream Of Last Night thread.

https://forums.forteana.org/index.p...ream-of-last-night.59497/page-57#post-2015993

These dreams are very freaky indeed!
 

Giant R

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A dream within a dream was used to good effect in the film An American Werewolf in London and also in the Hammer House of Horror episode Rude Awakening I seem to recall.
 

catseye

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Last night I did the 'thinking within a dream' thing again. Normally dreams just happen, and I go along with them, maybe with some kind of 'this is scary' or 'I need to get out' type of thoughts, but nothing analytical. Last night (I don't remember the details of the dream) I was doing something and trying to work out the best way of accomplishing the task, as I would in waking life.

A little bit like a half way house between normal dreaming and lucidity.
 
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