i can't wake up!

Hi Sandra—

Your dream/sleep disorder is interesting. It sounds to me like you have had a merge of what is known as REM Behavior Disorder, where people get out of bed during REM sleep and act out their dreams, with a period of lucidity during the event. The coupling of consciousness with a RBD dream surely is possible, and even seems likely - in that all the movement of the body would heighten our level of “awakeness” - despite that we remain in REM sleep.

It’s the first time I’ve ever heard of such a mixture, but like I said it makes good sense. RBD’s are causes for concern because we hallucinate the dreamscape onto the physical environment as we wander about. People with RBD’s are known to tackle dressers and occasionally try to jump out windows (thinking they are escaping a burning building, jumping out of an airplane, etc.), potentially endangering themselves. But a lucid RBD - such as you described - gave you the opportunity to talk yourself back to bed. You almost woke yourself up!!

I would enjoy hearing any more unusual dream anecdotes or questions you may have, so please feel free to send them in.


Hello Dream Doctor,

I’m not surprised in hearing you’ve never heard of the mixture of what you call a “Lucid RBD.” I thought it was a pretty unique - not to mention frightening - experience myself. Thank you ever so much for your evaluation on the subject and I don't mind if you use it in your website. It’s interesting to read about confusional arousals and paralysis and other things that I also know about all too well. I could probably write my own book about things that go bump in my nights! It’s nice to hear I’m not alone.

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