This is inspired by the interesting dream thread, but I didn’t want to hijack it so I created my own.
I sometimes get stuck in my dreams, particularly if I’m taking a nap. What I mean by this is that I realize that I’m dreaming and try to wake myself up, but I can’t. I will try to physically force my eyelids open and cannot. I will often end up screaming in the dream in hopes that it will alert someone in real life that I’m stuck and need help, but that doesn’t work. It’s probably the most terrifying thing I’ve ever experienced, to be stuck inside my own subconscious mind.
I’m just wondering if any other Dopers ever experience this phenomena. Like I said, it happens most often when I’m taking a nap, and I’m a light sleeper, so it may have something to do with that as well. Anybody know what’s happening or why it happens?