A Dream Within A Dream, Why Does This Happen?

Philippines
June 12, 2007 2:56am CST
This has happened to me about twice already. I had a lazy talk with my friends once and this topic came about. I thought all the while that I was alone in this experience. How many among us here have experieced this? Will you be able to share it here? I was still a college student then. Everyone was already asleep so i went into my bedroom and have my night's rest. Then i started dreaming about some more projects which had to be done. Sometime later, my dream shifted to a horrible scene. There was a tiny all clad in white girl, who wanted to harm me. she held in her both hands a very big pair of well sharpened scissors. Then she tripped me by the feet. Of course, I fell right through the pair of scissors and was awakened before I got hurt. The dream seemed so true and so I felt the need to go to the bathroom after drinking a glass of cold water. As I struggled to do so, I fell full weight onto the floor! I was still very much asleep!
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@iiawak (50)
• Philippines
12 Jun 07
it is natural. during our avarage of 8-hour sleep a day, our mind will drift from our consciousness in and out in cycles through brain wave activity. if we have a good night sleep, say, a good bed, a relaxing environment, our mind and body tend to free all the anxieties that we have accumulated in our stressful and busy days. in our first 90 minutes of sleep, an average person usually dreams within 10 minutes then he would plunge back to reality and would be awake in his consciousness. at his 2nd cycle, he would be asleep in more than 90 minutes and would be dreaming 20-30 mins. in his third cycle, he would be dreaming in 30-45 minutes. the cycle goes on. the longer the sleep, the more chances of having many dreams. just don't violate your body clock. get a complete hours of sleep. take it this way: dreams like what you have are your body's way of freeing it's self.
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• Malaysia
12 Jun 07
Whoaa.. I never knew it worked that way.. that sounds kinda complicated.. I kinda lost you at the 2nd cycle.. LOL. but thanks for the info anyways.. ;D
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@iiawak (50)
• Philippines
12 Jun 07
hi mean_queen!!! most of the times, we forget our dreams. you might have gone through the 2nd cycle ( unless you stayed awake after your first) but you forget what you have dreamed of. Most of the dreams that you remembered were the ones that stressed you most consciously or unconsciously...have a good night sleep... :
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• Belgium
12 Jun 07
Interesting, so you have 3 cycles. I go to bed late and get up early maybe I should quit doing that.
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• Singapore
12 Jun 07
Hello my friend, I don't quite get it. When I read your topic question, I thought you are talking about a dream within a dream. So said, it means that you are dreaming a dream i.e. in your dream, you are dreaming another dream. But when I read your elaboration, you said you woke up before you were hurt. You didn't say you woke up in the dream - but were actually still dreaming - so you might have continued to another dream. So, I assumed you were woken up in real life. Then this is not really a dream within a dream. I think it is more like multiple dreams in one night's setting. Is this what you mean instead? Whichever, be it a real dream within a dream or multiple dreams in one setting, I have experienced both category. The dream in a dream is rarer but I do encountered them from time to time. The multiple dreams is very common for me. I dream multiple dreams practically every night and on good days, the multiple dreams are obviously connecting scenes (that are disjointed yet connected) in the same big story. Oh well, you are talking to someone who spends most of his life dreaming. :P
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• Philippines
13 Jun 07
i am so sorry to have confused you. it was really a dream within a dream. i was led to believe that i was really awake already doing some things when i thought that i had awakened from a bad dream. i never knew that i was still very much asleep. having awakened from a bad dream in my dream, i did some things to pacify myself. i can still remember how shaken i was when i awoke from the dream only to find out later on that even that reaction took place in my dream. i really found it weird. i can never forget that dream because of the horror that that tiny all white child brought into a dream that only happened once ever in my life. it was also the first dream within a dream that was so real. i can still remember all the details. it is as though it was really true that i was awakened, seated myself at the dining table did more assignments while taking a glass of water. until the time came when i felt the need to pee. of course, i have to get up and go to the bathroom. i can still recall my great surprise when i got a bog from falling from my bed. only then did i realize that, i was still dreaming all along and had not done anything at all like having been awakened when that girl tripped me.
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• Singapore
13 Jun 07
I see.. so it was really a dream within a dream lol. :P Ok ok, like I mentioned, it happened to me before. The details elude me now. That's the thing with dreams - unless I intentionally want to remember them or jot them now, the memory of it (no matter how intense it was upon waking) within fades off within hours. Oh well, just shrug it off unless you suspect it is something like premonitions. Like how I have long (sort of) forgotten my disturbing snake dream (exactly many other equally disturbing ones took its place but I thought it would be plain boring if I share my dreams everyday. :P).
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• Philippines
13 Jun 07
our dreams maybe boring for others. however, if you know somebody who knows how to interpret dreams, they will be the best topics there is on earth.
@EvanHunter (4028)
• United States
14 Jun 07
I have had dreams within dreams many times. It really is terrible when you keep thinking you are awake only to realise that you are still in a dream. Or when you have a dream and its a bad one and you know you need to wake up but cant seem to rise to the surface.
• Philippines
14 Jun 07
these are terrible dreams, i agree with you, evanhunter. there are times when i am awake and i have to convince myself that i am not dreaming. that i am really awake. as for that kind of dream wherein we are having a bad dream, a nightmare, and we struggle to wake up, but can hardly do it, i wonder who can explain this. i try my best to produce any sound at all so anyone who hears me will wake me up. then i will always concentrate on being able to move any part of my body so that i can get off the spell. i have always been successful after a considerable effort.
• India
13 Jun 07
now this is really a great dream someone can have... i often do dream bout getting hurt ... sometimes with bullets n sometimes by gravity... but never dreamt of getting hurt by a scissor! I am not really a expert in interpreting dreams but i believe someone can dream like getting hurt by a triffle object only wen he feels himself a bit insecure in life... better if u just forget that dream n take it as an evil nightmare..
• Philippines
13 Jun 07
it was really a very troubling nightmare. it was also a very vivid one. the type of dream that immediately comes back to our mind whenever someone will be talking about dreams. at that time i never even thought of it other than that it was just meant to scare me.
@mykmari_08 (2466)
• Philippines
13 Jun 07
Yes, I already had several of these "dream within a dream" situations. And most often, the 'inner dream' contained horrible events which usually results to me waking up (looked and felt like I really woke up in reality) and relating this horrible dream to my family. In this 'outer dream', my family had several weird comments or reactions to what I related to them. Just to be awakened once more; but this time - to REALITY. There is a popular belief in our town or was it narrated from a tv show? Anyway, just to relate what I heard: They say that danger lurks within or near you whenever you dream of dreaming. I don't know if this is true, though.
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• Philippines
13 Jun 07
i hope that this is not true. i mean, about the danger that lurks somewhere whenever this thing happens to someone. so far, i can only remember that it has happened to me twice already and there are even times when i wake up in the morning and i'd ask myself if i am truly awake.
@puyol1 (194)
• Malaysia
13 Jun 07
Maybe its Freddy..haha. He has come to kill u in your own dream..LOL
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• Philippines
13 Jun 07
hahaha, too. i never liked freddy and i know that that is a fictional character we should be afraid of. but if we want him to be off our tracks, we should erase all fears. so, i have no room for him in my dreams. he'd better deal with jason until the last straw.
• United States
12 Jun 07
And here i was thinkin it was only me! I soo understand what your saying cuzz before i go to bed i think about what i wanna dream about, itll start off great and then i guess i got into a deeper sleep and i started dreaming about my mom in danger, next thing i know i wake up in my mothers bedroom on the floor-- weirrddd
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• Philippines
13 Jun 07
do you mean to say that you sleep walk? are you really in your mother's bedroom bodily when you wake up? that may be weird, really weird. i believe that you have to tell your mother about this so she will find a way to lock all doors and windows in a way that you cannot open them while you are in a dream. sleep walking can be dangerous if you go out of the house deep in the night. we will never know what is out there at these hours. by the way, welcome to mylot. with only 2 points yet to your credit, i can see that you have just started. happy mylotting. i will share with you a faster way to get those points climb. after posting a response, you can look into the responses of others in the same discussion and see if there is one which you can comment on. that will be another point that you have earned.
@Netsbridge (3242)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Probably for emphasizes. If I were you, I would pay some attention to the dream.
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• Philippines
13 Jun 07
at that time, i never thought the dream had any message for me at all. all i know then was that it really puzzled me so much. it was the first one ever which was so detailed and clear. i thought that i was really getting up from the chair so i can head towards the bathroom.
@ashveen (301)
• France
12 Jun 07
oh something like happnd 2 me also once..i was pretty sure abt tht..bt a friend of mine convince me tht it was just ur mind plyin wid ya..
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• Philippines
13 Jun 07
it is really something that plays within our minds. that is what dreams do to us. our brain is more complicated than anyone can ever think of. its intricacies has been revealed to us in many baffling ways.
@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Dreams have been a fasinating interest for many years...I do not think that there is any explanation that tells why we dream what we do...it may something subconscious or a fear, influenced by movies, friends...and every other aspect of our daily lifes.... I have had several dreams that were so vivid that I would swear that it really happened...and then I have had some that I am unable to remember any details about but still felt a huge fear from.... Interesting topic, my friend.
• Philippines
13 Jun 07
it is true that dreams have become the subject of a lot of studies. there was even an attempt to find a way for dreams to be recorded. they say that it has been proven that men's lives are greatly affected by their dreams. "knowing the dreams that criminals and mentally disturbed patients have, might be the solution that we are looking for..." i can still recall these words were said in that report. so far, no success has ever been achieved in this yet. maybe, there will be many who would like to have their dreams recorded if that machine ever got to be developed. it will help unearth the feelings that we will be having upon waking up. on second thought, won't it be such a waste of time, too? to be examining what happened during all those hours of sleep will surely consume some good hours of our day.
@azimsay (545)
• India
12 Jun 07
I kmow that dreams will not true.But man always thinking that is true.So called dream become dream.
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• Philippines
13 Jun 07
as for this case, it is fine to make our dreams come true if they are good ones and we work on them. actually, it is fine to be inspired by our good dreams to do good.
@mean_queen (1713)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 07
Yup!! I've had a lot of those kinda dreams too! Sometimes I feel like the first dream is so real that when I wake up (when in fact I'm still asleep), the dream is still horrible! And when I wake up for real, I feel so tired as if I've been running a marathon! Do yo get what I mean..? I'm confusing myself.. LOL..
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• Philippines
13 Jun 07
yes, dreams can really amaze us if we will remember those very weird ones. i believe my second dream was about a war taking place. when i woke up in it, there was somebody chasing me. when i finally awakened i was gasping for breath. i know what you mean, dear friend. now we already know that we are really having a marathon of dreams as we go through this sleeping habit in the evenings. those 3 cycles of brain activity has to do so much here.
@bhawnam (1436)
• India
12 Jun 07
I dont know the reason why it happens but yes it happens with me and quite frequently.. i always considered it normal and thought that everyone else also experiences it.. what i think is that in dreamz we see what we do or what we want in life.. so this means that in dreams we live another life which is set in the same circumstances.. same people and same places but where thse things happen which we fear the most or which we want to happen the most.. now as in our conscious life we sleep and dream so do we sleep and dream in our dream life.. this is how i think.. :)
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• Philippines
13 Jun 07
yes, we all have dreams. there are some kinds which make us even so much more rested, some can calm us and some can plant fear in us. the dreams that we've had the night before will definitely have an influence on the feelings and attitude that we have upon waking up. so when you wake up feeling so good and great, you have a series of good dreams then. when you wake up feeling sad and heavy, you have had some sad ones. when you wake up feeling as though you are so afraid of something, there was something fearful that you dreamed of. most of us though will manage to rule the bad feelings over by an act of will power if the feelings generated are undesirable ones.