Running in your sleep

March 18, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

Did you ever wake up suddenly because while you were having a dream because your body actually moved a bit?  This poor dog was apparently having a running dream when his body kicked in . . . such a rude awakening!

What protects us from physically acting out our dreams and hurting ourselves?  The body functions to paralyze itself during REM sleep to protect us from self-damage that would occur if we acted out scenes from our dreams.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Ben says:

    Cool video of dolphins blowing air rings:



  2. Tim Hogan says:

    I've heard this "paralysis in REM sleep" canard before. I've had many dreams where I was awakened because of some action I took during the dream which resulted in less calamitous impacts than the poor doggie.

    Perhaps there's some disorder there? I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea; maybe there's some correlation between sleep disorders and activity during dreams?

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