First let me explain my sleep habits. I almost always wake up in the middle of the night around 4:00 and then go back to sleep. I get a restorative sleep first, during which I almost never dream at all or if I do, it is just my mind mulling about things. Then I wake up, get a glass of water or something and go back to sleep within 30 minutes or so and that's when I dream whether lucid or not.
So this time I decided to just stay awake until 4:00 and then go to sleep and skip the restorative sleep. My body is a creature of habit and I was pretty sure I would just go straight to the dream cycle of sleep... and I did.
I had a lot of crazy imagery when I closed my eyes and without me knowing I was asleep. I did however start to become lucid at one point, but I didn't want to change anything or even think for that matter. My conscious mind was exhausted. I didn't want to think anymore I just wanted to sleep. The last dream of the night, (or morning really), I dreamed that I was so tired and all I wanted to do was go back to sleep. I could barely get up and walk. When I awoke, I felt more awake in real life than I did when I was sleeping!
I think I understand the purpose of restorative sleep for me and the reason why I don't dream or barely remember it. It is because my conscious mind is asleep. Then in REM, my conscious mind can sometimes awaken and get lucid dreams. I'm just a layman and don't read any books about the subject, but that's what I think.
I've had other dreams before in which I can barely stand and all I want to do is lay down and sleep, and some of them are actually lucid. My dream body just wants to sleep sometimes.....
Has this ever happened to you?
Sometimes I wake up in bed and look around and notice something is amiss and realize it is just a false awakening. But standing up and walking around in this dream state can be very hard sometimes. I just feel like collapsing and going back to sleep. And if I do I just sink into the carpet and find myself somewhere else. I think it is the part of the mind telling me to go back to sleep conflicting with the awoken dream mind. (or something like that). I think I should read more about the subject because as G.I. Joe always said, "knowing is half the battle." What did COBRA ever say?
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