I wanted to know if anyone had any insight on a few experiences I have had. Last night I was asleep for a short period of time. I would say about 30 minutes before it happened. I feel like I am in between a dream and awake state. I do not know I am in this state until I snap out of it. When I snap out of it, it is usually in a panic. I am usually defending myself in someway. If my girlfriend is next to me I will grab her in a panic. I am usually not fully awake when I do this.
When I snap out of the state I can usually see something in front of me. It is usually hazy. On one occasion, I awoke and tried grabbing it. This state of in between dream and awake, only happens on occasion. I have woke up in tears before so scared. When I awake from this state I actually feel like my eyes have been open. It feels like my vision switches to the awake state. In real life, I do not scare easy and rarely cry. More frequently, I wake suddenly and feel like someone is there. I have read about panic attacks in sleep. How stress during the day can bring them on. I did not have any stress yesterday or for the past couple of weeks, and it still happened. When I awake and have these feelings, I am not aware of any dreams before hand. It almost feels like something is watching or trying to communicate with me, and I will not let it. I am too scared to maybe.
Does anyone have any insight?