Usually an hour or two after I fall asleep, I found myself waking up staring ahead before going back to sleep again. Just seconds of spontaneous act, me awaken suddenly, intense staring ahead before falling back into my sleep immediately. Not sure either whether am I truly awake at that moment, only found myself very alert for that few awaking seconds before snapping back to deep sleep. And this has been happening almost every night for some weeks now. In the past, it did occur once in a while but not for this lengthy period as what I am experiencing lately. And Yesterday, I was not awakening staring but by a bad dream instead, I couldn’t remember the dream but I remembered feeling extremely helpless trying to escape from the dream. Me wanting to set myself free badly. I remembered telling myself to wake up knowing it’s only another bad dream of mine. I managed to wake myself up after some struggled, and immediately I looked for hubby who was sleeping far at the other end of the bed; I gripped and held his hand tightly in mine. Just wondering is this normal as sometimes, I always try to wake myself up from a bad dream when it went horribly intense. I remembered my grandma found me slapping myself in my sleep when I was kid because I wanted to escape from the horrible dream I was in and wanted it to stop badly, and knewing that I’ll be ok if I woke up from it. I tried to wake up from my sleep then but my body was not responding and I was still trapped in the dream. So I tried to slap myself awake instead but still I could not wake myself up, not until my grandma shook my body, asking me why was I slapping myself in my sleep?