Some of us have tried it. Some of us have succeeded, others haven't. But...you haven't heard about the third group, have you? Well...Let me start from the beginning. You're lying in your bed.
After much research on the internet, you finally decided to try Lucid Dreaming, and all the steps have been done. Your body enters the stage of sleep paralysis. You're starting to slip.
Then it begins. They say that what you hear, and what you think you see in sleep paralysis are just visions, just things that are there due to your brain slowly receding. You believe them.
Why do we fall into comas? Well, that will be brought up later.
Anyway, back to the subject. You start slipping more and more, and you can't wait. Eventually, you fall into the sweet embrace of sleep, you close your eyes. You have a lucid dream.
But...What happens if you don't wake up? What happens if your lucid dream turns into a never-ending nightmare? What happens, if time passes by like reality, and you are subject to all the tortures and pains that aren't even possible in real life? What do you think happens to a person in a coma?
So, in the end, just wanting to let you know. Those voices, and those things you hear right before you fall into your worst never-ending nightmare... Were they just your imagination... or was something warning you?
I have also experienced the thing the OP is talking about. You're falling asleep and you realize your falling asleep down to the moment you nod off. But it feels super weird, like kind of how one might imagine dying feels. The last time it happened to me, I felt like resisting that urge to sleep; afraid I would not wake up. Freaky at the time, but kind of cool in retrospect.
It's called "hypnagogia". Basically, your body is paralyzed when you enter REM sleep, but you can still be aware of sensory inputs before you are fully unconscious. This can be mildly disturbing for someone in certain situations. Hypnagogia is responsible for a large number of supposedly 'supernatural' experiences people report at night. But the reality is way more cool.
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