I’m no expert, but everything I’ve read on dreaming suggests that I should have regular sleep for awhile before having any dreams. REM sleep is Stage 5, and the four stages before this last anywhere from 5-45 minutes each.
I seem to be the exception to the rule, because I start dreaming almost immediately. It is a regular occurrence for me (2-3 times a week, I’d say) to wake up about 20-25 minutes after I fall asleep, having already had a dream. These early dreams always wake me up. It only happens once a night; after this I am able to have a normal night’s sleep.
Clearly I am some kind of freak. Why am I advancing to a dream state so quickly? Is it my strange bedtimes? Is it because I haven’t vomited for 11 years? Help me out here!