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When we see dreams

In fact, the often fleeting images we experience as we fall asleep seem an awful lot like dreams. But these hypnagogic (as you're falling asleep) and hypnomonic (as you're waking up) dreams are not so fully formed as regular dreams, consisting generally of physical sensations, snippets of words or conversations, and flashing images that may seem disjointed. Dreamlets, as they are sometimes called, do not include the rapid eye movement sleep of full-fledged dreams. And rarely do they contain enough content to be of much interest for dream interpretation. One sometimes frustrating type of falling-asleep dreamlet is the one in which you jerk yourself awake. This is known as a myclonic jerk. Although there may be some fleeting image or experience that leads to this sensation (a feeling of slipping and falling or, in one dreamer's case, a visual image of tripping over a doorjamb), there is no full plot involved at this stage, and generally no disturbing emotions (save a fear of insomnia!) are associated with this experience.

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