|English: Pineal Gland and Pituitary Body Location inside the Brain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
This particular confused state could be attributed to various mental or even spiritual factors. One might feel regret in leaving a dream that is beautiful or pleasant in some way and wish to cling to that dream experience. In other cases, the dreaming may have been so vivid as to convincing the dreamer that it has all been very real--the awakening is the juncture of two ambiguous reality possibilities that must be sorted out before continuing into complete consciousness. And there could be many other scenarios that could come into play.
My conjecture in this current blog installment is that the dazed and confused state of the awakening dreamer's mind is due to a sort of dream drug withdrawal. Dreaming may be a way of becoming naturally high. This waking and feeling groggy and disoriented may be much the same as one feels after heavy drinking or using certain mind altering drugs. Are we "drugged" by our dreams?
Since I am not a doctor, nor one who has done research in this field, nor any kind of expert in this field of oneirology (the scientific study of dreams), I can only base my reflections here on what I have read or heard from those who are acknowledged as experts. I also make my own suppositions based on personal observations. I offer these caveats so as not to mislead anyone in what I present here.
According to some research the brain and body produces a strong psychedelic substance called dimethyltryptamine (DMT). A release of this substance during sleep may be responsible for dream activity. DMT is a naturally occurring substance throughout the plant and animal kingdom and research about its effects are ongoing.
The Pineal gland produces Melatonin and Seratonin, which are two drugs that have been determined to be vital for sleep and apparently highly influential to dreaming. In all, the brain seems be responsible for the production of as many as fifty drugs with many of those influencing dreaming.
With all of these drugs in our system is it any wonder that we might wake up from a dream in a dazed and confused state? Studies have indicated that an imbalance of any of these drugs can lead to mental illness, sleep disorders, and other malfunctioning of the mind and body. Factors such as diet, physical exercise, mental stretching, and healthy surroundings can all play a role in proper balance of chemicals produced in the brain.
Do you think the drugs of the brain play a role in muddling our thinking upon waking? Have you taken any supplements or received treatment for an imbalance of any brain chemicals? Have you ever experienced the use of a natural substance such as DMT administered other than from your own brain?