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I dream almost every time I doze off for a few moments

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I dream almost every time I doze off for a few moments, and it's not even interesting, nothing scary or weird. They are usually really boring, and I'm not an active participant in the dream, more like an observer. I forget most of them within a few minutes, but a few I can remember. One was, I was watching two people in a room, they were talking but I couldn't hear them, very plain room, like a police interview room. Another was I was standing behind a woman when she knocked on someone's door, and the other person answered, again i couldn't hear what they were saying. In both cases, I was asleep less than a minute.

People catch me dozing off all the time, and it really is just seconds. I don't even always feel tired when it happens, and I think I get enough sleep most of the time. I have a boring desk job, but it also happens when I'm watching tv or reading.

I'm not overly concerned, I just find it curious. I've never met anyone else that this happens to. I know REM sleep is not supposed to happen right away, I think I read somewhere that it's supposed to start like 45 minutes after you fall asleep. Even when I fall asleep for the night, I dream right away. At least I think I do, whenever I get woken up soon after I fall asleep, I've been dreaming.

Thanks for any insight!

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Same here. I don't think it's abnormal. Since I have mastered the art of sleeping with my eyes open at boring lectures and stuff, I can now hallucinate my momentary dreams too.

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I dream almost every time I doze off for a few moments, and it's not even interesting, nothing scary or weird. They are usually really boring, and I'm not an active participant in the dream, more like an observer. I forget most of them within a few minutes, but a few I can remember. One was, I was watching two people in a room, they were talking but I couldn't hear them, very plain room, like a police interview room. Another was I was standing behind a woman when she knocked on someone's door, and the other person answered, again i couldn't hear what they were saying. In both cases, I was asleep less than a minute.

People catch me dozing off all the time, and it really is just seconds. I don't even always feel tired when it happens, and I think I get enough sleep most of the time. I have a boring desk job, but it also happens when I'm watching tv or reading.

I'm not overly concerned, I just find it curious. I've never met anyone else that this happens to. I know REM sleep is not supposed to happen right away, I think I read somewhere that it's supposed to start like 45 minutes after you fall asleep. Even when I fall asleep for the night, I dream right away. At least I think I do, whenever I get woken up soon after I fall asleep, I've been dreaming.

Thanks for any insight!

Ever talk to a doctor about that? Are you getting enough sleep at night? Dozing off all the time can be a symptom of a sleep disorder.

Yes, it generally should take a while to get into REM sleep. The ability to doze off a lot and go right to REM is often seen in people with narcolepsy.

~ May

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Yes, I did tell a doctor about it several years ago, she sent me to a psychiatrist who put me on antidepresants. That just made me want to sleep all the time.

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My gf has narcolepsy and unmedicated she'll doze off at the drop of a hat and fall into REM. If it's a problem and your insurance will pay for a sleep study I'd look into it.

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I always dream when I doze off. I didn't think that was weird or anything. Guess it is!

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I dream within moments of falling asleep... 5 minutes was the shortest time I can recall. (5 minutes of being asleep total)

Kinda weird.. at times I can't fall asleep for anything... other times I sleep normal hours and can still fall asleep within seconds.. at work (when I worked).. when hanging out with friends... at the movies... just about anywhere, lol.

If you get a sleep study done at some point... let me know what they say :-)

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I do that, even when I am in class. I usually have falling dreams in class, though I don't while not in it. I get where I cannot stay away, start to drift, fall, and jolt awake, and nearly fall out of my chair.

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I dream even when I sleep only for a very short while, too. It would seem strange given that dreaming takes place in I think the third stage of sleep, but it does happen.

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When I doze off and dream, I often carry over an aspect of that dream -- for example, I reach for something in my dream, then find myself reaching for something that isn't real when I waken. I am embarrassed when that happens, and try to cover up the reaching or whatever happens, like answering a question from my dream/doze. I have no idea what makes this happen, except that I am usually very tired.

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I, too, dream when I doze off. That's how I found this message board! I decided to google "can you dream when dozing?" *LOL* Well thank goodness I'm not the only one who does this!

Sometimes it gets pretty weird where I'm dreaming yet feel like I'm awake. This happens when I'm just falling asleep, almost like in-between the two. For instance, this morning I was up then falling back to sleep and I saw my daughter come to lie on my bed. Then I woke up a second later and no, she wasn't there. Then I dozed off and she was there, woke up, she's not there... craaazy!!

I can also dream when I'm doing something and feeling sleepy and dozing off for a few seconds.

I think it's pretty interesting and cool that we can do that...but I sure hope it's not a symptom of something bad!

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Well, if you are getting very little sleep/not enough for an extended period of time, your body will speed up the sleep cycles and go into REM faster.

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I dream almost every time I doze off for a few moments, and it's not even interesting, nothing scary or weird. They are usually really boring, and I'm not an active participant in the dream, more like an observer. I forget most of them within a few minutes, but a few I can remember. One was, I was watching two people in a room, they were talking but I couldn't hear them, very plain room, like a police interview room. Another was I was standing behind a woman when she knocked on someone's door, and the other person answered, again i couldn't hear what they were saying. In both cases, I was asleep less than a minute.

People catch me dozing off all the time, and it really is just seconds. I don't even always feel tired when it happens, and I think I get enough sleep most of the time. I have a boring desk job, but it also happens when I'm watching tv or reading.

I'm not overly concerned, I just find it curious. I've never met anyone else that this happens to. I know REM sleep is not supposed to happen right away, I think I read somewhere that it's supposed to start like 45 minutes after you fall asleep. Even when I fall asleep for the night, I dream right away. At least I think I do, whenever I get woken up soon after I fall asleep, I've been dreaming.

Thanks for any insight!

Sometimes I dream while I'm still mostly awake...if that even makes any sense. So, I understand where you are coming from.

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Unless you are extremely sleep deprived, going into REM sleep right away is a sign of Narcolepsy. It's NOT normal. Please schedule a sleep study, but make sure the doctor and lab you use know about Narcolepsy and other sleep disorders. So many sleep docs these days just focus on apnea and really don't know how to treat Narcolepsy.

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not to say i know much if anything about narcolepsy but if your aware you shouldnt be sleeping its the bodies natural response i kick into rem sleep immediately. its a defense mechanism (the same that make the uber man system possible). and outside of rem sleep your pretty much plain old unconscious so, at night, even if you arent in rem immediately youd never know it

id agree that a sleep study is a good idea, but im willing to bet (from what little i know granted) that its probably nothing, if not healthy.

Edited by Eden

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Sounds like textbook narcolepsy.

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this happens to me as well. certain medications seem to guarantee it - effexor was the worst culprit years ago, but now that i'm on a bunch of seroquel i'm doing the same thing. and the stupid dreams are so vivid that they wake me up fifty times a night (exaggerating of course, it just feels that way). eventually i get frustrated and realize i am dreaming and try to wake from it - half my brain is awake and wants to get out of bed, but the other half won't stop dreaming, so it gets pretty confusing trying to figure out what's real and what isn't for a few minutes. sometimes the dreams follow me into reality for several hours, as if they really happened.

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