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Old 09-05-2011, 10:06 AM
 
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Does this happen to anyone else besides me? You're lying down in bed, supposedly sleeping for a few hours. Then you open your eyes and aren't sure if you were sleeping or if you just had your eyes closed for a long time. This has happened to me a few times.

Something similar happened this morning. I woke up at 5am and decided to go back to sleep since it was so early. Again, I was supposedly sleeping and even had these weird dreams that are hard to explain or remember, something about school lockers and anime... Anyway, I opened my eyes again around 8 or 8:30am and even though I remember having strange dreams, I still wasn't sure if I was sleeping or just had my eyes closed for a long time...

Is something wrong with me or has anything like this happened to anyone else here?
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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There is a wrist watch type monitor that you can wear and will give you a read out of how much you sleep. Please Google "sleep monitor" and see what comes up. I forget the name of it, but I have seen it for sale on the Internet.

How you feel is common. None us know for sure how much sleep we get. The more you stress out about it and worry the less sleep you will get it. It is important to relax and stay calm instead of tense and worried to get the best sleep. Have you tried meditation to help settle your mind?

When we dream is when we process everything we have seen, heard, done, felt and experienced throughout the day. It the time when the mind sorts through all the stimuli and decides what to keep and what to toss out. This sorting process can result in strange dreams. Sleep is when information is moved from short term memory to long term memory this is why it is important to sleep the night before an exam instead of staying up all night to cram. The information can not move from short term memory to long memory if we cram for an exam and do not sleep. Good study habits include sleep to consolidate information in the mind and move information from short term memory into long term memory.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Does this happen to anyone else besides me? You're lying down in bed, supposedly sleeping for a few hours. Then you open your eyes and aren't sure if you were sleeping or if you just had your eyes closed for a long time. This has happened to me a few times.

Something similar happened this morning. I woke up at 5am and decided to go back to sleep since it was so early. Again, I was supposedly sleeping and even had these weird dreams that are hard to explain or remember, something about school lockers and anime... Anyway, I opened my eyes again around 8 or 8:30am and even though I remember having strange dreams, I still wasn't sure if I was sleeping or just had my eyes closed for a long time...

Is something wrong with me or has anything like this happened to anyone else here?
If you were dreaming then you were sleeping, but if you continually wake up during the night it might affect your memory; it's called fragmented sleep.

BBC News - Fragmented sleep 'harms memory'
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