Freaky Sleep Paralysis: Being Awake in Your Nightmares

This is an interesting article I saw on, which was originally published at (the link is at the bottom of the Wired article).  It is about when dreams seem extremely real, to the point where you are awake but scary elements of darkly-themed dreams seem to exist while in your bed.

I have slight memories of pretty intense dreams, but I do not recall vividly having the symptoms they talk about.  I would assume that I’d remember if it had happened to me.

These types of studies fascinate me because it makes you wonder what elements of our brains influence what we perceive as manifestations of spiritual connections.  Whether demons or talking to God or angels or whatever.  There are a lot of things where I think people jump to conclusions because they have to explain what has just happened to them.  If they are spiritual, then the explanations lean that way.

Also makes me wonder how you can tell the difference between the brain playing tricks on you and some actual supernatural experience.  I think that maybe some of these things that happen with the brain are our “tie” to the spiritual/supernatural world.

What are your thoughts?

P.S.  After reading the Wired article, check out the MindHacks link at the bottom of the article for some additional details.  Someone in the comments of the MindHacks post also posted a link to PsychologyToday talking about why we have dreams and why elevated dopamine levels:

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