posted on Apr, 23 2009 @ 01:07 PM
I have this happen quite a bit from time to time.
It most often occurs when I go to be overtired.
There are many different stages of sleep and one of them is so deep you are litterally close to death and in some cases may have actually stopped
When this occurs you often will dream of something horrifying that will make you want to wake up from the dream.
Screaming, kicking, flailing in your dreams in an attempt to wake up your conscious mind often occurs. Often your conscious mind will awake but your
body will not and this only increases the terror and panic.
Frequently I will actually dream I have woken up until I realize I don't have a clock on that wall, or a chair in that corner and then I will start
the whole process of trying to awake myself again.
Usually when I do wake up even though in my mind I am flailing and screaming, it will be just raising my head as if out of a normal peaceful slumber
absent of all the dramatics that were racing through my mind a split second before.
If you fall into a pattern of this over the counter sleep aides can help. They will put you into a lighter state of sleep that is not as restorative
but has far less Rapid Eye Movement dreaming involved in it.
Hope this helps you some.