False awakenings and how to prevent them
Often lucid dreaming is talked about as a euphoric experience, and as people long to experience such a state, others have the opposite feeling towards the subject.
Dream states can be very eerie and frustrating to deal with, they can give you the feeling of being trapped in your own dream, and change what is expected to be a peaceful occurrence into a living nightmare.
What are false awakenings?
False awakenings are dreams where you wake up from only to find you are still in a dream, most commonly you do not realize you are actually dreaming and only come to notice this when you discover something strange and out of place when compared to reality.
Often false awakenings can happen more than once in a dream which leads people to think that they aren’t going to ever wake up and question their own reality.
From the point of view of someone who has been recently experiencing false awakenings, they can be very confusing and truly terrifying.
They often start with unfamiliar random events, the most recent experience I had being at my day job in the middle of the night and driving a car inside of the stock room. Which leads to me waking up in my bed, getting up only to realize something doesn’t feel right, then to wake up again and again.
The scariest instance of a false awakening from my experience, only happened this morning.
I woke up twice before finally being awake. The final time I woke up in my dream, I was frozen in my sleeping position with the door open to my cupboard, in which I started shouting “who is in my room”, then I felt a presence come and sit next to my head on my pillow.
As I awoke from this dream, I noticed that my room was exactly the same in the dream as it was in real life, from the lighting to the sleeping position I found myself in. The only difference being my cupboard door had been closed rather than open. This has happened to me before and raised a lot of questions about how this is possible.
So how do we prevent these occurrences?
According to HowToLucid.com “It’s all about awareness, and by just slightly changing the way you think about false awakenings, you can avoid them altogether”.
No one knows for certain the reasons why people experience false awakenings, with some saying they occur due to stress and others arguing that anxiety is the cause.
Preventing these dreams in the first place is hard to conclude but to snap out of the dream is a lot simpler.
Reality checks are the best way to wake yourself up and distinguish whether you are still in the dream world.
You should question whether you are awake every time you wake up.
Pinching your arm or pushing your finger into your palm is a great way to check if you are still dreaming.
HowToLucid.com says “This will almost guarantee that you never have false awakenings again”.
From experience, these techniques don’t necessarily prevent false awakenings from happening again but are very useful for bypassing them and allowing you to bring yourself back to reality.