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    Waking up but thinking I'm still dreaming?
    Tensejellyfish posted:
    I've been experiencing this for years now (started when I was in high school) and I've tried researching online but haven't been able to find any answers! I will be dreaming, and then I wake up and still think I'm dreaming. One time I woke up thinking that my cat was downstairs and I got out of bed and went over to the railing (I was living in a loft at the time) and kept whispering for my cat down below because I didn't want to wake up anybody. It didn't take too long to come to my senses and realize that I was awake and I went back to bed, where my cat was. Another time I woke up from a dream (nightmare really) and I thought a dark shadow moved under my bed and so I scooted to the middle of my bed and sat there for a few moments, scared out of my mind, and then almost instantly I realized I was awake and I went back to sleep. At first I thought I was sleepwalking because my mom is a sleepwalker who sleepwalks almost every night and that maybe it was hereditary, but when I really started to think about it it doesn't seem like I'm sleepwalking. I always remember the next day what happened. I can remember the majority of these instances. And I know I'm awake when it happens. Most of the time I'm really confused and can't put two and two together (like that my cat was in bed with me the entire time and not downstairs), but for the most part I snap out of it really quickly and realize I'm awake. It's strange though because I haven't found anything like this online before. And I don't really think I'm hallucinating. I can't recall if I *saw* the shadow going under my bed or if I woke up after dreaming that and then continued to act out my dream. Whatever this thing's annoying. I don't know how I'm going to explain this to my future husband one day when he wakes up in the middle of the night and I'm talking to a piece of furniture or something. Anybody else experience this???

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