Have you ever screamed yourself awake?
It used to be a rare occurrence for me; I'd be having a disturbing dream and start screaming in it. But then I wasn't only screaming in the dream, and could somehow hear myself actually screaming, while still fully in the dream. Eventually I wake up, well... screaming.
The actual noise coming from me is horrible, and completely non-human. The sound itself scares me out of the nightmare.
Lately, it's been happening more often. A sign of stress and confusion.
A couple of nights ago I had a dream that, for some reason, ended up with me alone in my dark kitchen singing loudly. Only I didn't want to be singing, and couldn't stop - I had no power over it. And my perception somehow split, so I knew I was singing in real life as well, and tried to force myself awake. I couldn't. Dream Kristen and Real Kristen kept on singing against their will. So eventually, I started screaming because I had no control and wanted out of the dream.
When I woke up, it was sudden and startling. The noises freak Craig out, but he knows where they come from.
Him holding me afterward helps a lot, but those dreams sure do mess up my head for awhile.
Are they normal?