Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Last week I was in Budapest, Hungary for a conference. I got home Sunday evening. Monday morning I started grading exams and continued grading until 2am on Tuesday morning. Finally, I went to bed around 2:30am---I simply could not stay awake any longer. In the night I had a dream that I was back in Budapest, and it was dark. Suddenly I woke from the dream, looking around I could not tell where I was. I sat up in bed and tried very hard to think back to how I got in whatever place I was. My brain would not budge. This was a frightening experience---not because I didn't know where I was, but because I could not get my brain to process it. Lisa finally came into the room 30 seconds later, and when she asked "what is wrong?" it finally loosened the stuck gears in my head. I fell back down, comforted that I could think.
Posted by Scott Harmon at 9:42 PM
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This has happened to me before, and I can relate to the fright feeling... in my case I've found myself trying to look for cues in the room to figure where I am... without success and then trying to think of reasons why it could NOT be certain place or another... but like you say, the brain isn't quite awake...
It takes me a minute to finally get fully lucid and in control of the situation.
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