This is my first time on one of these medical forums so here goes, I will try not to ramble on like a mad man.
I have looked at other peoples postings and have not seen anything which is similar to my own unique problem.
I am 25 years old and at around aged 21-23 suffered terrifying sleep paralysis episodes. I saw things that are not for the faint hearted. My soloution was to wear a sleep mask and move house, which to be fair worked. It is now 2 years since my last serious sleep paralysis episode. The secret I think is not being able to see your surroundings for the brain to interact with and create a hallucination.
My sleep problem evolved and moved into something very fascinating. This is the ability to form a crystal clear hallucination at the onset of sleep. The brain just seems to kick in and tell me I am still awake and then the hallucination fades. This is coupled with prolonged talking in my sleep and feeling I have found out some big life secret only to wake up the next day and not remember a damn thing.
It sounds crazy but sometimes I feel I am in a different world when these things happen and that I really am talking to someone. I am baffled how my brain can manifest such a clear hallucination of a certain place. Sometimes it can be negative and I can feel such intense feelings of dread and doom, which for someone who is light hearted in waking life can be really strange. Has anyone else experienced this??
I've had the same experience. Not with the dread and doom feelings though. Although I have felt those but just not at the same time I was having some hallucinating, enlightening experience. I've been studying neuropsychology so it's not really surprising to me that the brain does this cause I read all these examples of crazy stuff happening but I do find it interesting. That's why I study it :) one time I even wrote a whole song out in my head in a deep dream. Notes and music. I even reviewed the whole thing in my mind a few times. It was beautiful and sounded great. Then I woke up and poof and I go back to struggling to get my flute to just make a sound.