Well I don’t know what the all of science says there, but as far as I know, dreams happen in approximately 400ms AFTER you wake up. They’re constructed quickly backwards and played forwards into a story that ties together stuff from the last waking period.
I’m a lucid dreamer. The thing is, once the lucid dreamer is aware they’re lucid, they’re already awake.
They’re still dreaming yes, but at that point, the dream’s happening real-time and is in a different state.
I got some CogSci diagrams somewhere about this.
I analyze my dreams regularly. Once you do it, it’s not hard but you don’t have much time. You have to quickly tie in the elements of the dream to things that happened in the last waking period.
Critically, the LAST thing that happens in the dream is the FIRST thing that woke you up. It flips around (much like vision flips around in your head), and time runs backwards to form a dream-style plausible explanation of WHY you just woke up.
This morning, my dream ended with me having an gut-level emotional reaction of shock and surprise in this dream that _seemed to_ last for hours and hours on end.
The twist ending that ended me with that ‘OMG I NEVER REALIZED” feeling was me having a tummy ache because I’d eaten some peanuts before I went to bed, and I was lying on my side, a side that gets bellyaches if I sleep on it.
The tricky thing is this: In that 400ms timeframe, the memory of HAVING the dream “back fills” your sense of time, so you are CERTAIN you had that thought just before you woke up from the dream, but really you had it the moment AFTER you woke up from the dream.
I like compressing lots of information in very small spaces. I challenge myself to compress knowledge in 6 second segments. I’m on Vine a lot. Too much. Made 14000+ so far in the past 2.5 yrs but it’s a good thought collector.
One day, I woke up from a long and involved dream that ended in a loud crashing sound. Lightning had struck nearby the house. I could still hear the rumbling of the thunder, while dream became audible voices and I could actually time the thing, as much as I could think in 1/2 a second and then try to make sense of it a few moments later on.
I captured as much as I could about the event, stuck as much science behind it as I could, and made a little graphic, then illustrated it in real time.
The whole thing happens so quickly.