Hypnopompic and Hypnagogic Hallucinations is what you may have been experiencing. I've had a LOT of these happen, but they don't happen on a regular
basis. Sometimes I can get about two-three a week, and sometimes I won't have any for months. I did a lot of research on it just to find if others
were experiencing the same thing. Turns out there are many people with the same experience. Not the majority of the population, but still a pretty
decent number of them. I'd say that this experience can DEFINITELY be mistaken for an alien abduction. It feels incredibly real. I'm not saying that
this is strictly a medical condition completely explainable in medical terms. I don't know. It could be a way to visit other dimensions for all I
know. I'll give you some examples of what I experience when I have them.
My most common ones are waking up to find a spider sitting next to me, or being surrounded by spiderwebs as if I had been sleeping for years. My
innitial reaction is shock, then disbelief, then shock again, and finally the realization that it wasn't real. Once I open my eyes and see these
things, I try to reach out for them to make sure they're real or fake. Sometimes the spider will run off the way a real spider would. When I do that,
I can't reach them, and they start slowly dissolving into thin air, the way cotton candy starts slowly dissolving in hot weather.
I've seen pale hands retract from my face. Again, I reach out to make sure they're not really there, and I can't reach them. They also disappear.
I've woken up to a green praying mantis sitting on my finger. Freaked me out.
I've opened my eyes, facing the ceiling, and saw ancient text that I couldn't read etched into the ceiling. It looked ancient Greek. Later I found
out that one of the letters matched a specific alphabet from that region of the world. Can't remember what it was called anymore.
I've seen a woman in period costume walk through the wall and into the next room. She followed a strange path as if a house she lived in was
superimposed on the one I was in.
I've also seen and heard very real-seeming things while awake, but I won't get into those. All I'll say is that one of them I experienced in the
early afternoon with my dad right next to me..... who heard exactly the same thing.
Those are just a few examples. As for realistic dreams,.... I've had a few of those too. They're incredibly fun to have, and require so much
concentration. They feel no different from actual, waking reality. I remember one I had a couple of months ago. I remeber being inside my dream
(completely aware of this fact) and realizing it. I was so amazed at how real everything looked and felt. I was in some strange room, confused as to
where I was. I looked at my hands and admired how real they looked and felt. There were two or three people standing nearby. I looked up at one who
seemed to be paying attention to me and asked "Where am I??" He told me I was visiting, but he didn't say where. It sort of looked like a school
science lab room, but I can't be absolutely sure. There were white tiled counters as far as I can remember, but I didn't see any flasks or beakers,
it was just a thought that passed through my mind.
During last year's Christmas break I was in Europe for two weeks. I was sleeping in a room that was absent of noise or any distractions. I felt
completely relaxed. I fell asleep. I had one of my usual dreams,...but as it progressed, I started realizing that I was in a dream. Taking advantage
of the fact that I had nothing to distract me in the real world, I decided to try a few different things here. I conjured up a "practice" abandoned
office building, and decided to try to make different things happen. I decided that whenever I would open a door, I'd try to find whatever I was
thinking of behind that door. I opened the first door, and found an empty room. No good. I walked to the next door, thought about what I wanted to
see, and opened it. This time I found people inside, but they weren't who I wanted them to be. I thought I'd try to morph one's face into what I
wanted it to be. It started morphing, and it seemed that I was going to get it right, but it took so much concentration and energy that I stopped in
fear I would wake myself up. It bounced back into it's old shape. I walked to the next door, and found more people, again I just proceeded to the
next door until I arrived at an elevator. It's stainless steel door was shaped like a triangle. I thought of it as a shortcut to the top of the
building, so that I wouldn't have to walk through every door in the bulding to reach the top. The door opened, I quickly stepped inside, and tried to
push a button to close the door quickly. I didn't want anyone else to get into the elevator with me. (At this point the place was swarming with
random people). The door closed quickly on it's own, and that's when I realized the elevator had room for only one person,....me,.... and was shaped
like a three-sided pyramid. It started moving up quicker and quicker. I knew that when I reach the top, I would reach my goal. The higher I got, the
brighter it became, almost a blinding white light. That's when I woke up. It was so amazing. I've had these type of dreams before, but never did
they last this long.
So where was I? Exploring the inner universe of my mind, or was it a real place? Another dimension? Who knows. All I know is I want to do it again.