Hey I would like to ask if there is anyone here who has a similar experience to this, which I have been getting quite often lately.
As I am beginning to wake up I get a myriad of fast images flashing before my eyes, through my mind. I can often remember a lot of them, but can’t seem to find any special meanings. This can go of for quite some time. This morning it went on for nearly an hour and a half, intermittently between drifting in and out of regular non REM sleep.
When this happens I really can’t wake up properly, my head is still thick with sleepiness and it feels that I should sleep it off, although to be honest when I do come round I am usually left with a headache for several hours and it takes me half the day to be properly awake.
This often happens if I have woken early, lay awake for an hour or so and then drifted back off to sleep.
I have good dream recall and have kept diaries for many years, but this kind of thing is quite wearying. I know it is dream imagery as one part of my mind is awake, but the more somatic part of me is still asleep and wants to remain asleep and sleep off the tiredness and drowsiness.
I have had M.E. for quite a few years and this seems to be related to it, although I have always had a need for a lot of sleep. It seems to have been exacerbated this week because I had some kind of minor bug and felt rather unwell at times.
I have wondered whether I should get up when I wake early and not aim to go back to sleep, but say it is five a.m. I don’t feel I have the energy to do this, although I am beginning to consider it as this fast flashing image thing is a bit of a drag and definitely not pleasant like regular dreaming. One way to describe it is like I am channel hopping at a rate of knots, even flipping between multiple different dimensions.
I do holosync every night when I go to bed, I had some sleep trouble a couple of years ago when I had a stressful situation in my life. It has really helped with that, and I get off to sleep much better. Usually when I sleep through till morning I just have regular dreams, but it seems to be if I get early waking that when I go back to sleep this flashing images thing happens and the subsequent drowsiness after. It is a little like migraines, but not the classic form.
I wonder if anyone on LD4all has any experience like this and maybe has any advice on how to get a better handle on it and feel better and more awake afterwards?