When I was younger I remember people saying, “Pinch me, I must be dreaming.” I always thought that you couldn’t feel anything physical in your dreams, but for some time now I have. And after having a dream about buying a pet snake, Chomppa, bitting me multiple times and feeling every bite fully,I’ve grown worried about the intensity of feeling in my dreams.
Does anyone else feel physical pain in their dreams?
Does any knowledge on the subject?
I don’t want another Chomppa dream!!! D:
@boribori90, What do you mean by placebo in this situation?
Have you had any of your dream pains transfer into real life?
When I was little I vividly remember a dream where a meteor was coming towards my face and when I woke the right side of my cheek was red as is the heat in the dream was real…
I have been getting these dreams for a couple months a few times where, I’m fine but then a very uncomfortable feeling comes over my body like I’m suffocating and I try to get help but I’m paralyzed too. And people will continue to talk in my dream to me like nothing is wrong and they don’t know because I can’t say anything. It feels pretty bad, pretty helpless.
This dream happened again last night two times, but I don’t think of it as that bad anymore, because even when I’m not aware its a dream I unconsciously tell myself that its just a feeling and the feeling can’t hurt me for real, no permanent damage, that it is an illusion, signals in my brain.
You might want to try look at your pain like that @octologicmedia, although I know its hard to remember things in dreams.
@octologicmedia, I should have said psychosomatic, which means that because an individual thinks they have a disease, condition, pain, they end up feeling it despite having no real cause.
I find my dreams respond more to my waking emotions, where they get resolved. In that falling dream, however, I did wake up with a headache. It’s nothing compared to a meteor though. Your brain could have built the dream around the burning sensation in that instance. That’s pretty cool, regardless.
@octologicmedia, YES i feel all things in dreams too, even when i wake up i still feel it………i don’t know why and how that is possible, how can you dream and feel something and wake up and still feel it………..when something is biting or hurting you its scary i once was almost convinced i had these marks on my body where something had hurt me..strange…
@deej, I’m glad you mentioned this, because I’ve found that the more accepting you are in your dreams the more control you have. And when you try to control things, that’s when paralysis or loss of breath occurs. And by understanding that pain doesn’t really exist in dreams, I think we can find a way to combat paralysis and other hindrances like that.
@boribori90, See that’s what i thought. I remember as soon as I realized that the pain transfered over I asked my dad if he brought me hot breakfast to my bed which the steam from it could have caused the reaction. But he told me he didn’t even see me in the morning prior to our talk.
psychosomatic sounds like a better description to me as well. I’ve thought that a lot of illnesses were created by that very fact. I know I do the opposite where I think my self to be healthy and because of this I never get sick anymore…aside for the occasional sniffles. But maybe the remedy is to do the same thing in my dreams and combat it by thinking it’s a psychosomatic problem like you said!
@octologicmedia, I can feel in my dreams. Or so I think I can?
I often have dreams about being bit by creatures. Usually a hybrid of a dog/cat and an alien. Ever see the movie Gremlins? Something like that. It’s fucking weird. They’re always bite so viciously too.
Knowledge on the subject? Well besides how this relates dream interpretation, I have none.
@heartbeat, The real question here is if the pain is from something happening to you in the waking state that transmutes into the sleeping state, or does the pain get created from the dream state and then transmuted into the waking state.
What if it was the second one O_O’
@professorx15, I can taste as well and also here actual voices of people rather than just thinking of what someone is trying to comunicate to me. As you further your abilities in your dreams does the reality of dream pain intensify over to your physical body?
I’ve found that it has slowly increased over the year,more so recently, but I wanted to know if it has increased for you too
@octologicmedia, Yeah dude! I’ve been lucid dreaming for almost 3 years now, and I can vouch that dreams can be as solid as waking life and even more so! You probably just had a very conscious dream but didn’t realize you were dreaming, and so it was more vivid.
Dreaming is my area of knowledge, so ask away! :)
@deej, That’s just called sleep paralysis. When you dream, your body (besides your eyes because your eyes move in REM sleep [the state of dreaming])locks up so as not to move around while your mind goes off to dreamland. Sometimes our mind wakes up before our body and when we open our eyes we find our body isn’t moving. That’s a little bit frightening! A good way to get rid of it fast is to just hold your breath. Trust me, it works :)
@urbanuncia, Well I think what @deej was experiencing and similarly me, is slightly different than sleep paralysis. To my understanding sleep paralysis is separate from slowing down in a dream, like trying to run but feel like you’re in mud. This may be a different version of sleep paralysis, but that topic still confuses me today.
The reason SP still confuses me is because of one particular time I had SP. I had fallen asleep on the floor of my room and entered SP, I was curious if I was imagining the space around me perfectly or my eyes were physically open. So i began to spit; i could feel my inner body doing the action of spitting and see spit come out of my mouth. Then I heard my mom open the front door (i can tell by the sound of her keys). Then I could here ruffling of plastic bags and things being put into the kitchen sink. I then woke up, I checked for any signs of me spitting and found nothing. Then a little bit after I heard the door opening. Without even thinking I got up and stood in the hall looking at the door. It was my mom…and she was putting groceries in plastic bags into the sink….
So If SP is a dream state then maybe the slowing of time or progression of actions could be a form of SP?
And then there’s the whole aspect of seeing into the immediate future…which i’ve done other times too….
SHIT get’s complicated!
@octologicmedia, haha, that’s pretty cool! Yeah, SP only happens when you are awake in real life, not in dreams.
Maybe you should look to find out what meaning these dreams have for you, i.e. why are you feeling so helpless?
Your initial reaction to being hurt has to process through your brain while experiencing the dream. You may not realize it, but it does take an moment before your senses can relate a feeling of pain to the situation. Have you been bitten by a snake before and knows what it feels like?
I too have felt in my dreams. I wouldn’t say it was pain. But my sense of physical touch has been, on all the occasions that I’ve functioned it in my dreams, as good as it is in reality.
I think this concerns lucid dreaming. Maybe you could read about the same to get a better insight.
@octologicmedia the weird thing is, the pain comes from the dream and when you wake up you still feel the pain as if your muscles or body react on something happening in the dream. So there is a connection from dream to this reality, when experiencing pain in a dream. But that is also true for panicking in dreams, you also panick in reality when you have a nightmare.