Sleep paralysis happens when your awake. If you were in rem you would be asleep. It sounds like your experiencing a false awakening. http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/false-awakenings.htmlbeadietux wrote:I thought that sleep paralysis is when your consciousness is awake but your body is still in the paralysis state of REM sleep
Shadow wrote:When you have sleep paralysis your're awake.
No. I've had sleep paralysis before and I was clearly asleep. At least I hope I was, because I had to fight a shadow figure with tendrils that were grabbing me. However, I was eventually able to move so maybe it wasn't true sleep paralysis.
beadietux wrote:but everything I was seeing was as if my body's eyes were open.
I've had that before. I call it 'transparent eyelids'. A few weeks ago I was in a hypnogogic state after a lucid dream and I was able to remain still and I felt myself sink and I entered a lucid dream again. When that one ended I tried to do it again, but I didn't sink or pop into another lucid dream. I just laid in bed waiting. Then I realized I could see my bed through my eyes and wondered if I was already asleep and didn't know it. I looked around and sure enough things were amiss and I realized I was already asleep. I simply got up, walked to a glass sliding door nearby, stepped out and flew around. My lucid dream started from there. So if that ever happens again, and you can get up, do so and walk around. You might have to do a reality check or just try to notice if anything about your surroundings are odd or out of place. And you don't even have to leave your 'dream house'. Some of my best lucid dreams (or perhaps lucid false awakening) all take place in my home.
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