What causes false awakening dreams? False awakenings could happen when hyperarousal, or increased alertness, during REM sleep keeps you from experiencing more typical dreams, like those involving flying, falling, and other surreal happenings. Instead, the dreams may rely on more specific memories of familiar surroundings and your typical daily routine.
What happens in a false awakening? What Is False Awakening? During a false awakening1, the sleeper believes they are awake when in reality they are still sleeping. False awakenings usually occur during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is the sleep stage most closely tied to dreaming.
How do I get out of false awakenings?
- Avoid caffeine and other stimulants, especially in the evening.
- Avoid alcohol in the evening.
- Try to calm your mind before going to sleep.
- Do regular exercise.
- If you have a false awakening, get out of bed for 10 to 15 minutes before going back to sleep.
What is it called when you lucid dream while awake? A wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) happens when you directly enter a dream from waking life. It’s said WILD helps your mind stays conscious while your body goes to sleep.