posted on Mar, 22 2016 @ 02:31 PM
originally posted by: dogstar23
a reply to: cj6
Not much of a scientific or thorough explanation, but most likely, the basis of what happened is a triggering of the sympathetic portion of the
autonomic nervous system.
The sympathetic nervous system is usually quite relaxed during sleep, but can be activated during REM (dream) sleep. Most likely, the vividness and
activities involved in the dream triggered activation of your sympathetic nervous system, resulting in the waking symptoms you experienced.
This. In your brain there are serotonic neurons that inhibit hallucinations, these themselves are inhibited during REM sleep. This allows dreams to
appear real, while preventing competition from other perceptual processes. This is why dreams are mistaken for reality. To the functional system of
neural activity that creates our world, there is no difference between dreaming a perception and an action, and the actual waking perception and
action. If certain regions of the brain are activated during REM sleep, your nervous system will responds as if the events are real.
I personally had a dream once in my childhood wherein I was bitten by a rat. I awoke at that moment and literally felt physical pain at the site of
the dream-bite, this pain lasted into the following day.
It all depends which regions of your brain are activated while dreaming. You are familiar with sleep walking, sleep talking, people acting out their
dream activities while asleep, etc.? Same thing. If the somatosensory or motor cortex, which are usually dormant during sleep, are activated, you body
will respond the dream stimuli as if the events are actually happening.
All perfectly normal and nothing to be concerned about.. Unless you wake up outside or somewhere else, then I'd talk to a doctor about medication to
help prevent it.
edit on 22-3-2016 by spygeek because: (no reason given)