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  1. So I just woke up from a short nap, and had the most terrifying experience of my life. Well, I'd probably qualify that, I've probably had more terrifying experiences, but it definitely shook me to the core. Basically, after sleeping for oh, 30 minutes or so, I suddenly jolted up and had absolutely no memories of who I was, where I was, or how I got there. I basically had total amnesia. It only took me about a minute or so to piece things together and get my memory back, but for that minute, I felt more lost than I've ever been in my entire life. In the end, I was safely in my bed in my apartment, but geez, that time spent staring at my room and everything in it, with no memory of any of it, no memory of even my name or where I came from, it was just terrifying. My mind was racing and I was in a total panic trying to figure out what was going on. Even when some vague memories came back, it still didn't help much - I remembered my family, which led me to think I must be in my sister's house. She doesn't have a house, but remembering my sister made me think I was there. It also led me to thinking I was in Texas, not Minnesota, because my family lives in Texas.

    Ugh, I'm glad it's over, but man was that just about the freakiest thing that's ever happened to me.

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    2. EarthQuake

      EarthQuake

      I'm willing to bet that you were simply in a hypnagogic state where your brain basically had not returned to a fully-functional state of wakefulness yet. A brief episode of amnesia would not be all that surprising.

      How many dreams do you remember after you have awaken? Probably not nearly as many as you've actually had that night. And if you don't put effort into rehearsing those dreams, you will soon forget anyways. If you awoken very abruptly, the mechanism that typically coerces you into forgetting your thoughts could have still been active. Given that it lasted what you account as only a minute or so, I don't feel this is something you should worry about.

      It certainly sounds scary, but so are a lot of other hypnagogic phenomena (hallucinations, sleep paralysis, etc). If it starts happening frequently, or the effects carry on into wakefulness, only then I would suggest seeking help.

    3. Coopersville

      Coopersville

      Sounds like a cool trip. Then again, I thought the same thing about sleep paralysis until it happened to me.

    4. Platinum Shell

      Platinum Shell

      I used to have a similar (albeit minor) thing happen to me like this when I was little; I often woke up and, despite seeing all of my surroundings, kept thinking between which of two places I would have fallen asleep at; either my grandma's or my father's place.

      While many things have changed since then (during that period of time I also had some minor sleep walking) the only things I get now are the somewhat rare sleep paralysis, and that only really seems to happen when I'm trying to stay awake and I'm drifting in-and-out of sleep, it will eventually snag in paralysis, but I stay calm and either try harder to think about moving my body or just give up and fall (fully) asleep.

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