Mslt Dream Question
Posted 03 May 2012 - 04:06 PM
But my question is, what exactly do they mean when they are asking that?
Even when I am just barely on the brink of falling asleep, but still mostly conscious, I consider myself to be dreaming. For instance, last night I was maybe 5-10 minutes into lying down when my cell phone beeped. I realized that I was already in another land where I was about to step onto a train - I actually made a decision about whether the cell phone beep would be incorporated into the dream as the alarm to alert train riders that the doors were closing, or whether I would wake up and answer it. So, even though I was conscious, I still had this whole weird dream-like thing happening.
Is that considered a dream? What do normal people experience in the first 10 minutes of falling asleep if it isn't a dream? Because I experienced that even in my first nap where I was sure I didn't fall asleep.
Or are they just trying to see if I had one of the vivid dreams that I would remember?
I wish the doctor would call me. I want to know if I have N or not. It's starting to drive me crazy.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 05:16 PM
Frequently I have dreams that are so brief, or heavily incorporate my surroundings, that I'm not sure whether I'm dreaming or hallucinating. When I'm on the bus this happens a lot. I'm not sure how a doctor could tell the difference though unless you're hooked up to a bunch of electrodes (like during a sleep study).
ETA: I wonder if anyone else does this - when falling asleep I might feel something brush against my leg, and I freak out thinking there's an animal under the covers, so move my hands to try to swat it, but I just feel my hand brushing against my leg and don't realize it's my hand causing the sensation until a few seconds later I suddenly feel my hand again like normal. It's a lot like when you wake up and a limb is asleep, except that I was in a comfortable position that doesn't lead to limbs falling asleep and when I felt my hand again it came back suddenly, not gradually and tingly like a sleeping limb.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:00 PM
So, when you're having a lucid dream is something different going on in your brain? Or is it the same thing as REM? Is it normal to have lucid dreams in the first few minutes of sleep, or does it usually come later? Sorry for all of the questions.
(I got a BS in Psychology because I wanted to understand dreams better. I gave up after that because I was no good at Stat. Maybe I should try again.)
Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:56 AM
"Polysomnograms show brainwave patterns in REM to be similar to that recorded during wakefulness. In people without sleep disorders, heart rate and respiration speed up and become erratic during REM sleep. During this stage the eyes move rapidly in different directions. Intense dreaming occurs during REM sleep as a result of heightened brain activity, but paralysis occurs simultaneously in the major voluntary muscle groups. REM is a mixture of encephalic (brain) states of excitement and muscular immobility. For this reason, it is sometimes called paradoxical sleep."
Any type of dreaming within just a few minutes is not considered normal. It's the hallmark of narcolepsy.
Lucid dreaming.... In some ways, it's quite enchanting. To be fully aware you're dreaming and to be able to guide your dreams can be pleasurale. However, it can also be frightening if you're trying to move your subconscious self out of a bad situation in your dream. I can't always control them, but I do know I'm dreaming. My doctor suggested that some of what people think are lucid dreams may actually be hypnogocic or hypnopompic hallucinations.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:16 PM
Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:36 PM
Oh, wow! That's fascinating. I wonder if I'll ever be able to do that.
Some people (with or without N) are just predisposed to it. But you can always practice and improve on what you can already do.
I'm not too great at lucid dreaming once I'm *in* the dream. The story pretty much stays the same- motivations just feel natural. But I can direct the type of dream and/or content right before or as I'm falling asleep. Not a big window, but if I want to dream about flying or cooking instead of some random monster, I can at least do that. There's loads of people here who know more than I about lucid dreaming, though.
I always thought it funny that they ask you that about the dreaming, though. Part of me thought, "Well, duh. I *always* dream." Another part of me thought, "Why are you asking me? Can't you see it on the machine?" Is there a technician or doctor or somebody that can explain *why* they always ask that?
Posted 12 May 2012 - 04:37 PM
Posted 04 June 2012 - 04:45 PM
I remember when I took my General Psychology class in college, and one of my classmates did a presentation on Lucid Dreaming. I thought it sounded way cool and so I took her suggestions to try and become a lucid dreamer. I was shocked at how easily I picked it up! I would read about it online and it seemed that most people find it generally takes quite a while before they are able to experience lucid dreams. And a tip for anyone who wants to try it: It's recommended to keep a dream journal. And also to recognize cues within your dreams, to let you know you are dreaming. Once you know you are dreaming, you can take an active role in controlling what happens. There are various 'cues' but the easiest for me was always electricity and digits. In dreams, things like 'lamps' or light switches don't always work correctly. Also, digits on clocks or numbers on paper will often show up different each time you look at them. So if you look at a clock and it says 12:31, and you look away, it may say 5:20. Also, they may be inaccurate, like 12:90. And last but not least, after you recognize a cue, just try spinning in a dream. It's quite awkward! Because in dreams you have no sense of gravity, so while you will be spinning, you will not feel any sensation of spinning attached to it.
It's kind of cool to be able to control it. One of my favorites is to fly!