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falling nightmare

an end to the sensation of falling in your sleep
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do you ever awake with a jolt because you were just dreaming that you had fallen off a cliff? i do. and yesterday while having a little siesta i awoke from one of these with a jolt and a realisation.

i propose that this falling feeling is the body searching for the sensation of ground underfoot. ie. we spend all day with some degree of pressure on the soles of our feet and when we lie down this we don't have. so the sensation suggests to our sleeping brain that we must be free falling . this triggers some degree of panic as we more desperately search for some terrafirma.

solution: sleep with your feet against the wall.

malctodd, May 22 2004

Online dream interpretation http://dreammoods.c...exact&header=symbol
"Fall" [Klaatu, Oct 04 2004]

Online dream interpretation http://dreammoods.c...exact&header=symbol
"Flying" [Klaatu, Oct 04 2004]

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       I get flying dreams, not falling dreams, but I believe they both come because we used to swing through the trees, and somewhere our bodies sort of miss it.
DrCurry, May 22 2004
  

       [bliss] Foot clamps?
suctionpad, May 22 2004
  

       I've had falling dreams (nightmares) but never a flying dream or, at least, one I can remember.
bristolz, May 22 2004
  

       //... but never a flying dream ...// I had several, not actual flying, but waiting in the check-in line. That was the actual nightmare.
kbecker, May 22 2004
  

       Welcome, brother! Weve been expecting you!
DesertFox, May 22 2004
  

       Lucid flying or falling dreams are almost worth the third of our lives wasted sleeping.
Almost.
  

       Flying Dreams ^rule^. *Standing/walking on wall* dreams )suck(.
thumbwax, May 23 2004
  

       for a while i was able to 'cause' myself to have these dreams. they're awesome.
xclamp, May 23 2004
  

       you *never* hit the ground in falling dreams - just remember that and enjoy! my worry is that I might not be dreaming...
po, May 23 2004
  

       I used to have falling dreams and then once subconsciously decided to pull up like a plane from a dive and fly, and then continued to for many years.
FarmerJohn, May 23 2004
  

       You can hit the ground [po] as long as you know you're asleep.   

       they're called hypnic jerks, i think. nobody knows for sure why it happens, but it's believed that it's because when you relax your muscles your brain misinterprets it as falling, and tells your muscles to jerk you back up. so, i guess if your feet were against a wall, it would stop that from happening.
mr logan, Jan 06 2009
  

       What? I used to hit the ground all the time in falling dreams.
mylodon, Jan 06 2009
  

       Yeah, I've hit the ground in REM dreams a few times, but it's never pleasant.   

       I have a habit of, sometime during the period where I'm falling asleep [can take several hours for me] - of thinking that I've tripped over and am falling down. I usually snap alert while flinging my arms out to stop this imagined fall. happens maybe 1-2 times a week. It sucks, btw.
Custardguts, Jan 06 2009
  

       //you *never* hit the ground in falling dreams//   

       I should remind myself of that the next time I accidentally fall off of the Golden Gate Bridge or equivalent.   

       I guess you're one of the lucky ones to never have to experience the "hitting the ground" part.   

       Wish I were "there".
Zimmy, Jan 06 2009
  

       i get flying dreams but I'm always doing too much work to enjoy it: some sort of dog-paddle to stay airborne. War dreams generally suck.
FlyingToaster, Jan 06 2009
  

       I think hypnic jerks are a vestige of the neonatal startle response.
nineteenthly, Jan 06 2009
  

       //you *never* hit the ground in falling dreams//
Perhaps airline pilots should be issued with strong sedatives to be taken in case of mid-flight emergencies.
coprocephalous, Jan 06 2009
  

       You haven't thought it through - who would land the plane once the emergency's over?
hippo, Jan 06 2009
  

       //you *never* hit the ground in falling dreams// I always do. It's noisy but it doesn't wake me up.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 06 2009
  

       no and you owe me a pillow.
FlyingToaster, Jan 07 2009
  

       [insert pillow-biter comment here]
Custardguts, Jan 07 2009
  
      
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