I have had a curious (and slightly concerning) experience several times recently in which things from the dream carry over after I awake. Each time it is very realistic and leaves me questioning my senses and experiences. I will use an example from a couple of nights ago.
I was having some dream or another, not at all lucid, but it was violent and dark and ended abruptly. I awoke in the middle of the night. When I awoke I heard a startling and frightening scream very close to me, on the other side of the room; a man’s not a woman’s.
It had not been part of the dream itself at the time, though would not have been out of place considering what was occurring in the dream, but began just I became awake and persisted even after I was aware I was no longer alseep. It was so vivid and shocking that I even got so far as sitting up and grabbing my fencing sword from beside my bed in case someone was there! Only to realise that it hadn’t really occurred.
After that I just sort of sat for a while, because it was so surprising and unreal that I wasn’t really sure what to make of it.
This sort of thing has happened to me on several occasions, especially with sounds and voices continuing even after the dream has terminated.
I just wondered if anyone else experiences a similar phenomenon and what they make of it. I know that, apparently, when doing WILD the HI can sort of leak out before you’re actually dreaming, so I can only assume that this is something similar - but when coming out of a dream rather that heading into one. It really makes ‘reality’ seem relative.