About a week ago, I was up all night with a close friend of mine. She left around 430am and I spent the next few hours cleaning because it was passed my 'point of no return' as I call it. If I'm up passed 3am, I can't sleep until late morning. Which is what I did. I cleaned my apartment until 10am-ish. When I finally went to lay down, I was extremely tired, and with no one else home I was able to relax and drift off to sleep.
Normally when I get to such a relaxed state, it feels like I'm floating on air some where else, but I can still feel my bed beneath me. The relaxed floating feeling is accompanied by a sort of pulling feeling. It usually starts in my head and chest. It's almost like you would think of something 'pulling at your heart strings' I guess. And the pulling in my head is that same feeling, but more in my forehead and the front of my face. It's in the same area as where the third eye is said to be. Sometimes I'll even feel my shoulders pull, or my hands. But soon after I slip into sleep.
Last week was different. It started the same, but I remember falling asleep. It was almost like sleep paralysis. I knew my body was asleep, but my mind was wind awake. I opened my eyes, but my physical eyes didn't open. The eyes that did open saw my room in front of me. Again, I was aware my body was asleep, but I was fascinated that I was looking at my room when I was clearly asleep. Then I tried to sit up. I got my head off my pillow, but it felt very heavy. I guess I 'sat up' (because my body didn't move) too fast because I sunk back to my pillow. I tried again, and quickly got my head and shoulders up. As soon as I was about to be sitting up straight, I hit the pillow and woke up.
All I could do was laugh, because I wasn't sure of what had just happened. I'm still not sure if I was lucid dreaming or if something like this counts as an out of body experience.
I've experienced the pulling feeling when drifting to sleep or meditating for years, but I've never done what I did last week. I'm just looking for opinions on what this might have been, if anything at all, and if anything similar has happened to you, please comment about it. I'd love to hear your stories too =)