I've had these dreams since a child & although they've reduced, they still occur a couple of times a year. They occur in the morning. I dream that I'm awake & I believe I'm awake but then something in my dream tells me I'm still asleep because it doesn't represent true life. Today, for example, I thought I was awake (but was dreaming) because I was in my bedroom but when I looked at my duvet, it had a zip on it, my duvet doesn't. I then dreamt my youngest came in the room and I'm saying to her"pinch my hand to wake me up". She's pinching but I can't feel it. The 'dream' scenario constantly changes so I then think I'm really awake this time but something else will occur that shows me I'm still asleep. I'm constantly fighting to wake up properly but can't. Occasionally I actually do wake up but I have to fight to keep my eyes open and sometimes I can't, then it happens all over again. When I do eventually awake and keep my eyes open, I can't move for a few minutes, it's like I'm paralized. Afterwards when I get up, I'm exhausted and feel really 'heavy headed' with no energy. Sometimes it can take a couple of hours to properly wake up. This only happens if I don't set the alarm and only happens very occasionally. I find it very frightening when it happens like this morning but would love to know if there is an explanantion for it.....?
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