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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi; Last night, I fell asleep and began having a dream. What was weird about this was that I knew I was in a dream, and I never do. A few moments later, I started having flashes of the dream itself and the viewpoint I would have being in my bed (lying down looking at the window), and I was so scared. When I woke up (at least, I think I was awake), I could not physically move at all. I strained to move and it took me at least 5 minutes to be able to move my body. This was an incredibly scary and surreal experience. I'd like to make sure this isn't a serious thing. Thanks.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read it.
User :   Hi--alright, thanks.
User :   Have you read it yet?
Doctor :   Yes, the condition is not a serious one.
User :   Okay, do you know what it was though? Like, is there a medical term for what I experienced?
Doctor :   There are different stages of sleep and if you suddenly wake up from one particular stage of sleep known as REM Stage, you can experience these changes.
Doctor :   It is a quiet normal though.
Doctor :   Do not have to be worried about it.
User :   Okay, thank you so much! It was such a scary experience.
User :   The trial chat says I have 5 seconds left
User :   so thank you very much!
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