Do You Have Sleep Stories To Share?

Sleep is not just that idle time between wakefulness as it was once thought of as. Instead, it's a period of time full of intrigue and happenings.

Our bodies, under our conscious control or not, can do some pretty remarkable things during sleep. From sleepwalking to talking, from sleep paralysis to nocturnal eating, the sleeping state can be filled with activity.

On the other side of the coin, the times when we want to sleep are not always filled with sleep. Insomnia can make the nighttime an interesting (or more to the point, frustrating) experience.

Not to be left out are the stories of when sleep (or lack of it) has affected our waking lives, in troubling or comical ways.

Stories about sleep are things that we can all relate to in one way or another. If you've got an interesting one from your own experiences I invite you to share it using the brief form below. Soon after you submit it your story will be published as its own page on this site, for visitors from all over the web to read, relate to, and provide feedback on.

Share Your Sleep Stories Here!

Let's open up the dialogue on sleep. If you've got a story about your own sleep that you'd like to share, write it below so the world can hear it.

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I Am Most Likely Getting A Divorce Because Of Night Terrors I Don't Remember 
I have had night terrors for most of my life, and I don't know if this matters but both my brother and sister have too. I would wake up screaming, pushing …

Sitting Up In My Bed With Eyes Open But Still Dreaming - Not Sure It's Somniloquy 
I tend to sleep talk a lot in my sleep but over the past few years I've experienced sitting up in my bed with my eyes open but I'm still dreaming. It's …

Conversations While Waking Up You Don't Remember 
Hi, I've been suffering with some sort of problem for awhile, and i just need to know if I'm alone. Having your eyes open and having a conversation …

Why Does My Boyfriend Occasionally Hit Me In His Sleep 
I've been with my boyfriend for 4 1/2 yrs. Out of those few years he has striked me occasionally usually at night after we have a dispute. He's punched …

Hoping And Praying For SLEEP NORMALCY? 
Well about 2 years ago it started to where whenever I would get behind the wheel of a car anything longer than an hour I would not be able to stay awake. …

A Lifelong Sleep Talking Problem + Sleep Attacks, Not Cataplexy, HELP 
Hi, I was wondering about this! Ok, My sleep talking is so extreme that when I'm doing that, it often wakes me because I can HEAR myself talking in my …

I "Save" My Girlfriend In My Sleep 
Lately I have been "saving" my girlfriend in my sleep. I think she is falling out of bed and quickly grab her to stop her; I have done it a few times now. …

Had My Husband Order Computer Parts While I Was Sleeping 
It blew me away!! My husband and I talked about ordering parts for my computer one day I went to lay down and fell asleep during my little Nap my husband …

Sleep Talking Ruined My Relationship  
I met my current boyfriend about a year ago, at a time that I really wasn't looking for anyone. I had just broken up with a boy I was with for two years, …

A Lung Full of Pillow 
One night I was sound asleep and dreaming of swimming. In my dream, I remember going under the water, but for some reason I was unable to come up to the …

Electrical Stimuli As I'm Falling Asleep 
I'm a sleep therapist, so I know all about sleep stages and disorders. I have Obstructive sleep apnea , but no other disorder. My problem is that on occasion, …

I Really Hate Mexico  
It's 6:28a.m. on 8/29/11. I've been awake since approximately 5:30a.m., and I don't plan on sleeping again any time soon. I'm writing this mostly as a …

White Light and Whispers 
First and foremost, I'd like to say that I'm not religious. My family is Catholic, but I do not believe in the Bible or most of their teachings. Just today, …

Insomnia - The Hidden Truth! 
I've been suffering from Insomnia for about 18 months now. I've read all the top books on the subject and read all the blogs and medical sites. Basically, …

14 And Still Sleeping With Nanny 
My grand child is 14, she has no mum or dad and has been in a rough childhood and has suffered abuse and neglect.. She has to sleep with me and no body …

First Sleep Paralysis Experience 
I had my first (and hopefully last sleep paralysis experience night before last). Well, when I say first, I think I may have had similar experiences …

Extreme Sleep Debt Tried Many Sleep Aids 
My upstairs neighbor wakes me every time I speak in my sleep. Since I moved into this apartment in January I have not sleep more than 3 hours a night. …

Is Sleep Talking The Truth? I May Be In Trouble... 
My girlfriend said i was talking in my sleep about being with another girl and cheating. I have no idea what I was saying and I know I have never cheated …

Afraid To Sleep - But Is It All Just In My Head? 
Well where to begin.......I am a 39 year old woman, with kids, and married - I believe I am rational, clever, happy with life, but in the sleeping hours …

I Can't Move, And Sometimes I Worry I'll Stop Breathing 
My name's Hannah and I'm currently eighteen years old; my first episode of sleep paralysis happened about a year ago, and it's happened many times since …

Woke Up And Don't Remember A Thing - Is This Normal? 
A few days ago i was getting ready to order some Chinese food before my little brother, i didn't know what i wanted so i got up to put the money and menu …

Couldn't Wake Up My Son!! 
My 17 year old son had been studying a lot for two nights and wasn't getting much sleep. The following morning when it was time to get up and go to school …

My Husband Has Sex Dreams About Every Night 
My husband has these, what I call sex dreams, about every night. He is vocal and makes a lot of moves and sexual remarks. He says he does not remember …

Did I Have A Small Stroke While Dreaming? 
Last night, I had a terrifying dream. I was trying to tell my husband that I was so weary of the poor way he handles our finances. I would speak a few …

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Screaming and Jumping Out Of Bed Because of Spider and Bug Dreams 
So, I'm a 23 year old male. About ten minutes ago iI had an episode. I'm still shooken by it. This isn't my first and sure its not my last. I have one …

1AM Hunger And Lights In The Air?  
I am 16 years old and I share a room with my mom. She tells me all the time that I sit up, yell, grab things, and talk. Last night at around 1AM, …

Dreams Of Surgery In My Sleep - Woke Up With Blood On My Arm 
I am 47 yrs old and have been talking and yelling in my sleep for 21 years according to my husband. I have said and done a number of humorous things but …

Everything Seems To Make Sense Until I Wake Up - A Random Subconscious 
Ever since I can remember, I have been told that I sleep talk. Most of the time, people tell me I say really random things that didn't relate to my dream. …

Confused Parasomnias - Night Terrors, Sleep Talking, Teeth Grinding, and More 
Hi. I've been told for decades I talk in multiple languages, often arguing yelling and cursing. I do not remember any of it. I also have night terrors, …

Why Do I Snap Out Of A Deep Sleep & Function Normally, As If A Switch Has Been Flicked? 
I have a healthy sleep habit. I don't over sleep, and I'm not stressed or depressed. However i have this 'thing' that i do in my sleep, that has been the …

Conversations With My Mind In A Semi-Awake State? 
Recently I have noticed that I am unable to sleep the ENTIRE night. After hours of tossing and turning, I catch myself having these conversations with …

I'm A Very Mean Sleep Talker 
I am a 19 year old female and my awesome boyfriend has to hear some pretty mean stuff as I sleep. Me and my boyfriend often fall asleep on the phone with …

If It's Not Narcolepsy Then What Is It?! 
I have been reading a lot of these stories and trying to see if someone with similar symptoms and I have found a few. The only difference is their stories …

Sleep Paralysis Combined With A Nocturnal Emission? 
I never thought such a thing was possible. I used to have quite a few terrifying sleep paralysis experiences complete with hypnopompic hallucinations …

Thought It Was A Stroke When I Awoke! 
Last night I awoke to the feeling of being paralyzed. I couldn't move any of my limbs, though I was fighting hard. It also caused me to have the feeling …

Friend Refuses To See A Specialist 
I know my girlfriend (16 years old) has a sleep problem; she won't accept it or seek help or get checked. During the school year, she goes to sleep around …

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About This Site

Welcome! This site is continuously being created by students of Dr. William C. Dement's Sleep And Dreams course at Stanford University.

We made this site as a call to action for people all over the world to live healthier, happier, safer, and more productive lives by learning about their own sleep. We have faith that reading the information provided on this site will motivate you to be smart about your sleep deprivation and strategic about your alertness in order to live life to your fullest, most energetic potential.

In fact, we challenge you to do so! What do you say, are you up for the challenge?

The Stanford Sleep Book

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Dr. Dement's pioneering textbook has been the core text for Sleep and Dreams since 1980, but it has just recently been made available to the wider public for the first time.

In it you'll find a more detailed account of the most important things you need to know about sleep, alertness, dreams, and sleep disorders. Studies, statistics, plus plenty of Dr. Dement's classic anecdotes painting the history of sleep medicine.

Preface | Intro | Contents | Get A Copy

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The Zeo

A revolution in personal sleep tracking, the Zeo is a wireless headband that transmits your brainwaves in realtime to a dock (pictured here) or your smartphone. The result? You can wake up and see exactly what stages of sleep you were in during the night! Unprecedented personalized sleep knowledge.

Sleep Paralysis: A Dreamer's Guide

Sleep Paralysis Treatment Book

Ever woken up paralyzed? A surprising number of us have, believe it or not. But few know the actual causes of this phenomenon, and fewer still how to exert control over it. Dream researcher and sleep paralysis expert Ryan Hurd shares breakthrough insights into how to do just that.

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