I took a nap a little bit ago for about an hour but something really strange happened. It started out with the dream I ended up having felt so real, I thought it was in real life. Now that I know it was a dream, I can’t really understand how I felt that the dream was actually real life. It turned out to be a nightmare-ish dream, at one point I got chased by construction workers with staple guns trying to kill me. Early in the dream, I had gotten high with a few of my friends but for some reason it made my breathing really labored. It suddenly got hard to breath, hard to walk and move, hard to see. It wasn’t a head rush in the dream, because it lasted for a while. (Most of my dreams are very realistic, but I’ve only felt thee real life thing a few times)
Half way through the dream I figured out that it was just a dream, not real life. Usually when this happens I’m able to wake myself up, or the dream ends and I wake up, and it usually only lasts for a few seconds longer after figuring out it was a dream.
But this time was different. Immediately as I realized it was a dream I was suddenly able to breath better (I was literally able to feel how hard the breathing was.) I tried to open my eyes but they wouldn’t open. I can feel my self awake now, I know I’m laying on my bed and it’s just a dream but I’m not able to wake up from it. At this moment I can remember feeling myself trying to force them open with sheer eye lid strength but still nothing. After failing at least 3 times I must have went fully back into dream land, somehow still knowing it was a dream.
I have no idea how to explain this, it was very scary. The breathing and the not being able to wake up, everything was so strange… I just want to know if this is some sort of medical/physical condition. Am I the only person this has happened too? I looked it up but everyone is saying that their dreams were already finished when they tired to open their eyes but I was still in a dream when it happened to me. ?