I had another one of those weird dreams last night. This is what I wrote on my phone after I woke up:
Just had a dream. Woke at 4:28am. Seems to b when I go to bed late. Only been asleep about 10mins.Writing it down as soon as I wake up helps me remember it a lot. I was definately aware I was dreaming, tho it was near impossible to change anything - possibly because it was a virtually empty dream anyway. Reading about lucid dreams just before going to bed seems to make dreams more lucid too. Also not drinking much / anything.
Similar experiance as b4 but high pitch noise. Very empty + black. I reied 2 continue it longer, but didn't like it/got bored.
Decided to wate up instead. I think I may have woken up instantly, but couldn't fully open my eyes/move 4 some time, prob over 30 sec.
Next time I'll try to dream longer + change it.
The weird bit this time was knowing I was awake but definately not being able to move. This is called sleep paralysis or hypnagogic paralysis. Wikipedia says it's not too great, as it's geting out of REM sleep too quickly. More stuff here. More Wikipedia says it's actually OK. I've had 2 of the 3 symptoms (apart from the daytime sleep) of nacolepsy. Should I be worried? I'm not.
It seems strange getting into REM sleep in about 10 mins in normal monophasic sleep. There's a chance it was just stage 4 NREM, tho I doubt it.
The paralysis was unusual too. Last time I thought I was alseep but couldn't wake up. This time I didn't try to wake up straight away. I actually tried to stay asleep and change my dream. I believe I managed to wake fairly instantly when I chose to (tho I can't be sure) but was paralysed for around 30 seconds.
The paralysis wasn't scary as I could think what I wanted. I just waited, knowing I'd be able to move in a short while. I think I could open my eyes and bite my tongue first. It was annoying not being able to move my arms.
If this happens again then I'll try really hard to stay asleep. I'll try to create new things in my dream as blackness is a bit boring. As I was getting to sleep before I seemed to be wake inducing a lucid dream (wiki). This seemed like hours before, after I'd woken up, but it must have been just minutes.
If anyone has any similar experiences then please share them. Also if you have any related links or thoughts / suggestions.