Posted by cyndelicious on January 10, 2006, at 12:57:02
In reply to Re: ambien babble, posted by gardenergirl on January 9, 2006, at 17:24:27
Whoo-WOOO! Wonder if I can get my husband to test out your li'l experiement!! I know what you mean, though, it's like it makes perfect sense in the weay a dream does, until somehow it gets pointed out that what you're seeing/experiencing isn't 'real'. But on the other hand, who's to say what real is?
Lucid dreaming is something pretty different. It's a state in which you are fast asleep and dreaming, and in the dream you are fully aware that you are fast asleep and dreaming, and therefore you are aware you can control your dream!!! Many years ago I kept a dream journal for a time because I was going through a period of incredibly rich dreams (pre-ambien and when I could actually sleep like a normal person). Because I was so focused on the dreams I started having lucid ones, in which I would dream that I was asleep and dreaming and the dream-setting would actually be the room I was in (I experimented with sleeping in different rooms) and I'd be dream-wearing what I actually was wearing. I'd only be 'lucid' or aware of being in the dream state briefly because it was really pretty overwhelming. I LOVE flying dreams and would say "oh, good, I'm having another lucid dream. That means I can fly if I want to" and then I'd start to fly--but sometimes my dream played funny jokes on me, like one time instead of me flying the room filled up with flies and another time I'd start to lift off but could control it and was swooping widely around. Haven't had one of those dreams in a very long time!
> I don't think I've talked while in that state, but I do have some very unusual thoughts. I can eventually recognize that what I'm thinking about is not real, but until then, it seems as real as anything else does while dreaming. It's an interesting not-quite dreaming state. Is this what "lucid dreaming" is?
> I've also had er, an intimate experience with my husband recently after I had been asleep after taking ambien about an hour or so earlier. It took several minutes for me to figure out what was going on. It was a surreal, dream-like state I was in. Nothing I was thinking or feeling or "seeing" was real, although I'm sure the reality was triggering it. (Gosh this is confusing). Not at all unpleasant, but very different from the usual. And what I was initially experiencing would be physically impossible in reality.
> The next morning, it felt like it had been a dream, but I could also remember it. Weird.
> I can't believe I just wrote this.