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Boyfriend Sleep Talking But Seeming Fully Awake

by Kendra
(Canada)

It hasn't been an uncommon thing for me to wake up and hear my boyfriend sleep talking saying perfect sentences and sounding as if he were carrying out a conversation.


I can't ever remember if he was responsive to me when i had asked him what he was talking about (seeing as i was awoken from sleep i don't catch on right away that he's sleeping also and not conscious.)

Anyway just recently i was awoken by him yelling, which of course scared me. Now i can't remember what he was saying and i thought he was awake at first, seeing as how he was sitting up and had his eyes open while he was yelling and was very angry. I just want you to know that he is the most gentle person and never gets angry or yells so this of course had scared me quite a bit.

I kept calling his name trying to get a response but he wasn't responding to me even though he was staring right at me. After calling his name over a dozen times he finally snapped out of it and had woken up having no idea what had just happened or what he had just done.

This had scared me quite a bit to be quite honest as i had no idea what sleeping people are capable of doing in their dreams, whether it may have been just some yelling or lashing out (again he is not a violent person and i have never seen this happen in the past seven months we have been together.) But he did tell me that when he was younger he used to have night terrors so i am assuming it may have been that?

Any help on what you think it could be would be great insight as i am not really sure and never have seen someone react to a dream so badly while still dreaming.

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