False Awakenings

  • Posted on: 25 June 2017
  • By: tvasher
False Awakening Art

Most of us have expierienced a false awakening. You wake up from a dream and start going about your day, but something doesn't seem quite right. Maybe events take a surreal turn, or maybe you just notice that you are having an unusually hard time reading a text message. The next moment you wake up again. This can happen several times before you find yourself in waking reality.

When searching for information on false awakenings, you are likely to come across mentions of "Type 1" and "Type 2". Type 2 false awakenings find the dreamer waking up in their usual setting and going about their usual routine. However, things will not be completely normal. The environment will have a mystic or suspenseful feeling. Strange creatures or people may find their way into the dreamscape. Type 1 false awakenings do not have this type of unusual feeling and depict the dreamer doing normal morning activities. The following tweets would likely be examples of Type 1 false awakenings:

"I had a dream that I was dreaming and woke up and got ready for the day and got super confused when I actually woke up and wasnt ready"


"Had a dream last night that I woke up to start writing a paper that I have to do then when I really woke up I was very disappointed"


"Had a #dream I woke up and it was 8:30 (late for work). Then I actually woke up (on time 5:30)... ... That was a disorienting morning"



Many people experience false awakenings. Among those that have experience with lucid dreams, false awakenings are known to be common. In his paper, "False awakenings in light of the dream protoconsciousness," Italian Neruoscientist Giorgio Buzzi explores false awakenings in lucid dreamers.The results of the experiment yielded many interesting observations. 49% of the respondents reported having false awakenings that were "as clear and distinct as any everyday experience." Several subjects reported multiple false awakenings before actually waking up. This false awakening loop can be seen in several tweets we have collected:

"I feel super sick today. Had a dream that was like ground hog day and now that i am actually awake I am trying not to throw up -"


"guys last night i had a dream that i had a lucid dream and i kept waking up in the dream and having the dream again in the dream :/"


"i had a dream that i was taking a nap and i kept waking up from my nap in my dream and then i woke up irl mad"


"Had a dream yday that I kept waking up but was repeatedly told i wasnt allowed get up&it was so exhausting dk if I can do that again tonight"


Do you have experience with false awakenings? Let us know!

Thank you for reading!

We used the following links in our research:
https://antoniozadra.com/sites/default/files/biblio/chapter_nielsen_zadr...

https://journals.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/index.php/IJoDR/article/view/9085