Improving the sleep you get each night could help reduce the frequency of false awakenings. Here are some general pointers for better sleep:
Mental health concerns, such as anxiety and depression, can also contribute to disturbing dreams and affect the quality of your sleep.
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A few suggested explanations for false awakenings include:
Stress and anxiety in your daily life can also have an impact on sleep and potentially appear in your dreams.
Many people who experience false awakenings also have lucid dreams.
In a lucid dream, you realize you’re dreaming. This knowledge allows you to maintain some control over your surroundings and even change the course of the dream .
A false awakening can become a lucid dream, especially if you begin to notice certain details that differ slightly from reality.
A false awakening refers to the strange experience of “waking up” when you actually remain asleep. It can involve vivid, realistic images that leave you feeling anxious and confused.
Sleep paralysis is a neurological phenomenon in which a person awakens from sleep but is temporarily paralyzed.
The episode may last a few seconds to minutes and is accompanied by the strangest hallucinations. It can feel terrifying.
Nightmares are broadly defined as frightening dreams that result in some degree of awakening from sleep.
Nightmares themselves contribute to disrupted sleep not only by waking the sleeper but also because they can lead to fear of falling asleep and returning to a disturbing dream. According to research, nightmares may contribute to insomnia, daytime fatigue, depression, and anxiety.
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