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Fall Asleep Reading; Continue the Story in My Dreams

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I have always been a reader, and I often read in bed before sleep. As an adult, I occasionally fall asleep during this nightly ritual. But for the last 10 – 15 years, since I turned 50, a new twist has developed in this ritual, and I find it somewhat disturbing.

Once asleep, the story continues in my ‘dreams’ and I remember these ‘dream chapters’ as part of the book I was reading when I fell asleep. The next evening, I search the book to find the point at which I previously fell asleep, only to discover that the most recent ‘dream chapter’ is not in the book. I eventually find the point at which I must have fallen asleep and continue my reading from there.

My ‘dream chapters’ do not seem far fetched. They adhere fairly well with the background story without any apparent sensationalism. Once I resume reading the book, I complete forget the ‘dream chapters.’

I have not tried to document the ‘dream chapters’ somewhat due to laziness, but also out of a concern that such documentation may reinforce this issue.

Obviously, I have a couple of questions. Is this situation peculiar to me or a condition others share? Is it abnormal, i.e., should I be concerned about my mental health? Should I try to document some of these episodes?

All recommendations welcomed. Thank you in advance if you choose to answer this query!

Fall Asleep Reading; Continue the Story in My Dreams

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This is not a mental health issue that I am aware of. I think you may simply be priming the creative pump and then going to sleep. I would use a brief guided meditation (10-20 min) to clear your mind and be ready for sleep.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Fall Asleep Reading; Continue the Story in My Dreams

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Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Fall Asleep Reading; Continue the Story in My Dreams. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 23, 2020, from
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