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Feelings of insanity in dream continues into waking

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 22, 2010
  • 11:14 PM

I occasionally have this frightening experience during sleeping.

I have a dream/nightmare that doesn't have scary subject matter, but my brain loses its sense of normality, and this continues when I awaken.

It is hard to put into words, because they really do not make sense.

One time it was as though life and consciousness was a sort of elaborate maths problem, and every time i turned or twisted it added complexity to this problem that my brain was amidst. I cannot escape this increasingly confused state. My mind cannot remember what the normal state is.

A different one, last night: the twisted state of mind was depicting the function of lying down and sleeping as some sort of strange competition, my mind forgets that sleep just involves lying there, and my mind is full of confusion.

The bizarre states of mind continues as I am fully awake, I have to struggle to try remember what normality is. The more I think, the more confused the thoughts become.

It is truly a horrible place to be in, and seems to be an insight into the mind of a psychotic person. A slight panic worsens the situation.


It is hard to come back to reality while being alone in a room, so I often go to some social website online to try bring my mind back to reality. I eventually go back to sleep and will be back to normal in the morning.

I am curious to why such things would occur though. It happens irregularly, maybe every few weeks or months or sometimes less.

I am young, healthy, not under any trauma, and take drugs rarely. I believe I did have some night-terror episodes when i was a younger child. But these were ones when you were not conscious.

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  • I can't begin to tell you of all the people I've done sleep studies on that though something evil was overtaking them. There is several conditions that might be possibly occurring. First of all, there are 4 stages of sleep. The 4th, and most important is REM stage sleep. It's the only stage of sleep you dream in (a tad controversial now days), and a person should have a REM about every 1 1/2 to 2 hours. While in REM sleep, except for your diaphragm, heart and eyes, your body becomes paralyzed. Now some people will wake-up a tad bit before they've stopped REMing. They are aware their awake, yet they are still dreaming. They are also still paralyzed momentarily. You'll most often see this behavior in people who have narcolepsy. People who have narcolepsy are also noted for having very vivid dreams. They'll even REM while awake, and often think they're going crazy. Read up about it and tell me what you think. Also goggle "Parasomnia". I hope this might help.
    Linda5072 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • I think it does sound like a sort of night terror or waking dream. You may want to consider having a sleep study done to see if you aren't going into all the stages of sleep.
    ferretlady 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • I occasionally have this frightening experience during sleeping.I have a dream/nightmare that doesn't have scary subject matter, but my brain loses its sense of normality, and this continues when I awaken.It is hard to put into words, because they really do not make sense. One time it was as though life and consciousness was a sort of elaborate maths problem, and every time i turned or twisted it added complexity to this problem that my brain was amidst. I cannot escape this increasingly confused state. My mind cannot remember what the normal state is.A different one, last night: the twisted state of mind was depicting the function of lying down and sleeping as some sort of strange competition, my mind forgets that sleep just involves lying there, and my mind is full of confusion.The bizarre states of mind continues as I am fully awake, I have to struggle to try remember what normality is. The more I think, the more confused the thoughts become. It is truly a horrible place to be in, and seems to be an insight into the mind of a psychotic person. A slight panic worsens the situation.It is hard to come back to reality while being alone in a room, so I often go to some social website online to try bring my mind back to reality. I eventually go back to sleep and will be back to normal in the morning.I am curious to why such things would occur though. It happens irregularly, maybe every few weeks or months or sometimes less. I am young, healthy, not under any trauma, and take drugs rarely. I believe I did have some night-terror episodes when i was a younger child. But these were ones when you were not conscious.I know what you mean. Its a paradox, the more you think about it the more complex it gets because youre fueling the paradox, its best to look away from it and let it become a background process. I'm explaining it in computer terms because thats all I know.
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