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Sometimes I wake up from sleep remembering the dream I have been having without that dream seeming to be any reason for my awakening. However on some occasions a dream will specifically appear to wake me up. Usually something in the dream has scared me into wakefulness. There have been times when my awakening is due to something special about the dream such as certain words that have been spoken, a particular idea that has been conveyed, a person who has special significance, or a dream event that stimulates my mind causing me to wake up.
These dream wake up calls frequently result in an inability to go back to sleep for a period of time. They are dreams that might wake me up and cause me to stay awake thinking about them. Typically there will be deep significance concerning the dream message that has been delivered in whatever form it has been sent. Apparently there is a need for my conscious mind to attempt to decipher what the dream mind has told me. Much of the time I end up staying awake for some period of time and pondering the dream or mind writing a dream ending to the story in order to have resolution in order to peacefully return to sleep or get out of bed to begin functioning in the world of wakefulness.
Here's a recent example of a "wake up call dream":
There is a long involved sequence of going places and encountering many people in different situations. Eventually I am in the cab of a sort of truck with my father driving. We are apparently in Kentucky in a rural Appalachian type area. My father drives very erratically and I am somewhat nervous about his driving. We seem to be looking for somebody or going to pick someone up. We reach an interstate that we are supposed to travel north on. My father enters the cloverleaf ramp onto the freeway at too high a speed. Our surroundings become a white blur as we round the loop. We find ourselves on a somewhat narrow country road that becomes more narrow we proceed and then eventually turns to gravel. We know we've taken a wrong turn and are now on the wrong road.
Then the truck is gone and we are walking on what is basically a somewhat wide gravel trail. We turn around to go back to where we had been. We come to a willy nilly house with various porches and doors. The house is not particularly old or run down, but it's not overly nice or sophisticated looking. Country folk live here. In front of one door I see a malformed youngish dwarflike human writhing on the ground wearing something similar to a Confederate soldier uniform. A frightening looking middle-aged man dressed in overalls comes out to confront me. Behind him I see what I take to be other family members--his wife and kids. They all have a swarthy appearance that suggest to me that they might be of indigenous American ancestry. They all look mean, angry, and unwelcoming.
I tell my father to keep walking. I stay to deal with the man whom I find very threatening. I am very afraid of what may happen. In my fear I wake up.
Once awake I found that I was unable to go back to sleep. My mind was absorbed by the circumstances of the dream causing me to feel uncomfortable. As I lay awake I began to imagine the dream scenario as I played out what the outcome of the dream encounter might have been. In my imagination I began having a conversation with the man. I asked if the small person in the uniform was his son and he confirmed that it was. Then I continued to discuss other things that I now don't remember. Eventually we were having an almost pleasant conversation. I smiled at the man and a trace of a smile seemed to appear somewhere in his scary countenance.
As my wakened mind finished out the story to a more amenable conclusion, my mental state became more relaxed to a point that was more conducive to sleep. A lingering awareness that I had been afraid cast a pall upon my mind, but I was able to go to sleep feeling that the threat of the dream had been diminished and probably dismissed for the most part.
Various dream events and images can sometimes awaken us to leave us in a state of discomfiture, paranoia, or even terror. We may lie awake or have to get out of bed to do some activity that will distract us from our thoughts. The result may often be a restless night of sleeplessness or sleep deprivation. Perhaps the best thing to do is immediately confront the dream issues and resolve them to the best of our ability in order to remove the distraction from our mind.
Have you ever been awakened by scary, puzzling, or even good dreams that have caused an inability to go back to sleep? What dream people have caused you to wake up and think about them for an extended period? Have there been any ponderables (such as things you are concerned about, forgot to do, or need to plan on doing in the future or anything else that causes enough fretting to interfere with sleep) that have notably awakened you from your dreams?