#630 The moment after you wake up from a nightmare and suddenly realize it was all just a dream

With a dropped jaw, buggy eyes, and sweaty palms your hot, salty head pops up from your warm pillow in a heart-pounding state of emergency. After a second of massively intense panic where you zoom into brain-rushing, adrenaline-gushing overdrive, it just suddenly just dawns on you …

It was all just a dream.

It was all just a dream.

It was all just a dream.


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How do you spell relief?

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52 responses to “#630 The moment after you wake up from a nightmare and suddenly realize it was all just a dream

  1. *wipe sweat*


    It was a dream.

    It always feels good. especially the dream is something which is linked to death of a love one. =/

    awesome! :)

  2. Russell


    There is nothing to compare with that moment when you realise you are safe. No monsters, spookys or mother-in-laws.


  3. Awesome!

    And that baby continues to be awesome. I hope it’s on the cover of the book.

  4. I have painfully vivid (and bizarre) dreams, so it’s exhausting to wake up from a ‘busy’ night, and usually a huge relief to realise that it was all in my crazy little head. Thank heavens!

    Meanwhile, that baby is awesome. I want that hair.

    xx Kit

  5. This feels so much better when you have a dream that involves a big test that you do poorly at, then wake up, and discover that such a test does not and will not exist for you that day.

    • Paul

      Yeah. After my exam period just finishes I always have nightmares that I’m still in exam week and haven’t studied at all for the imminent exam. Pretty awesome when I wake up and realise that it was all just a dream.

  6. Mel

    I’ve had to confirm with others that what I dreamed was not real, especially when those dreams consist of missed deadlines, missing dogs, and lack of pants.

    In other news, reasons why today is AWESOME:
    – bought myself Chick-Fil-A breakfast
    – seeing the love of my life
    – Thanksgiving vacation/last day of teaching for a WEEK
    – the return of BHB. I love that kid.

  7. awesomeismymiddlename

    Awesome post coupled with the kid with awesome hair makes this just AWESOME.

    You’re right. Nothing like finding out you’re not actually running down your high school hallway naked, am i right boys? ;) I kid, i kid.

    Not to mention the wicked head rush. The sudden chilled hands, the “super senses”. Friggin amazing.

    Anyway, stay awesome dude. And while you do, ill be riiighttt here to read every one of your posts.

  8. Karine

    This happens to me all the time! And yes – it is awesome! Waking up feeling so unsettled and then that moment when the relief just washes over you – none of it was real… ahhhhh….

    Also, awesome – later in the day when you think back to your bad dream that morning and can’t even remember what it was about….

  9. jdurley

    I, too, salute the return of Bedhead Baby!

    Seriously, you should do a post on the awesomeness of re-using previously developed content for a second (or third!) project. And BHB can return once again.

    • jdurley

      For example, my father-in-law totally recycled his “there’s no role for the Father of the Groom” rant in his toast at the wedding of his second son. (A risky move, since half of the guest list already heard it at the first wedding.)

    • emmy

      hey, you know you keep a tally of all the posts with toilet references? (btw how many so far?) I reckon BHB deserves a tally all to him-self (im assuming its a boy) :D ehh? good or what?

  10. Q

    The picture of the kid just made me completely reconsider having one. Cutest kid EVER. Plus yah, that is an awesome feeling.

  11. highlifescenery

    omg SO TRUE. this so happened to me the other night when i dreamt i was a nark and ratted out all my friends to clear my record of a “driving without a liscense” conviction. except i couldnt remember if i had actually gotten convicted or not. SO SCARY !

  12. Elizabeth

    I also hate when I wake up in the middle of the night.

  13. La

    ohmygosh. so awesome!

    I had a terrible dream and I woke up in sheer panic but then I realized it was just a dream (:


  14. I hate the bad dreams. I don’t remember most of my dreams anyway so I am lucky.

    • Francesca

      You’re so lucky you don’t remember most of your dreams. My nightmares are so scarily vivid. After waking up from one they usually involve rushing to the mirror to check that I still have teeth lol! I constantly have nightmares of my teeth rotting or falling out :(
      AWESOME blog, AWESOME 1000 things!! I must buy the book!

  15. beafdog

    who are you. why are you here? literally.

  16. This feels better if you have a room you keep dark to sleep in (not at first, but bear with me). You get over the panic, look at the clock, and throw open the curtains to a bright morning.


  17. etherealpetrichor

    I smile every time I read these…I can’t help it.

    Keep it up, b/c this blog is

    AWESOME! :-D

  18. Ana

    When I wake up from one of those dreams I let out a sigh of relief, then go, “AWESOME” . . . then “Awww”… . I want to know what’s next, so I try to go back to sleep to see what happens.

  19. Annex

    Yet another reason to avoid getting H1N1 or any similar strain of the flu this season…

    They will slap you on a drug called Tamiflu.

    One side effect of Tamiflu I was unlucky enough to experience…….lucid nightmares that last as long as your on the drug (almost a week).

    But oh, the sweet relief every single time I woke up that it was all just a dream.

  20. J

    Then again, some of us close our eyes each night knowing that we’ll wake up to realize once again that it’s NOT a nightmare.

  21. J

    But the bedhead baby IS cute.

  22. Rembrandt Clarke

    fantastic, those moments tamed from living life as a dream so when a nightmare comes along it does not seem any different.

  23. Yea. But what if you are witnessing a nightmare in wakefulness, how can you wake up?

  24. Like that split second when you don’t understand what’s going on and you grab your pillow and sheets and go, “Shit. Just a dream!”

  25. awesome indeed, although i can’t quite see how the picture relates lol

  26. Claire

    I agree that waking up from a bad dream is awesome. However, there is a scenario in which it is not awesome. Waking up, realizing it was a dream, then falling back asleep, and back into the same dream, where all the dream-people say, “no, it really did happen”.

    For me this usually happens when I dream that relatives have died.
    Dream: Grandma is dead.
    Awake:…No, Grandma’s alive
    Dream: No, she really is dead, believe me.
    Awake:… No…. Wait… What?
    (Rinse and Repeat).

    Still, the final waking up and realizing that Grandma IS alive (and that she’s making Thanksgiving dinner in three days) is totally AWESOME.

  27. Chris

    I remember having a dream where God sucked out my soul. I woke up, and then I knew it was just a dream.

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  29. April P

    You use that baby picture all the time, but I don’t mind because I crack up laughing every time I see it!

  30. Blaze

    Its better when you wake up and find your mom there lol

  31. This is even better when you wake up, soaked in sweat, scared to freakin’ death…and then realize it’s not only all just a dream, but a dream that isn’t scary at ALL out of context. You get this “What the frak was that all about?” feeling that makes all the stress just melt away…

  32. I had a horrible dream last night. Horrible. Just horrible. I woke up around 1:30 in the morning crying. Thankfully hubby was still up to comfort me.

    • jdurley

      Oh, I’m sorry to hear you had a horrible dream, Bekah. It’s amazing how much emotional damage a stupid dream can have.

      Honestly, sometimes I wonder what is WRONG with our subconscious! Why would it do such a thing to us! Shouldn’t it be on our side? Shouldn’t it??

      Hope you recover today and put it out of your mind.

  33. Hello there! Just dropped by to ask you what do you like more, bacon or oranges. Just me and my friends having an argument :D

  34. I had this one nightmare one day:
    I dreamed i woke up from a nightmare (but i was actually still in it). When things get crazy now, you’re REALLY scared. I woke up again and went to the process one more time. Now i dont know where I’m at. Am I awake or am I asleep? I was definitely scared!

    I wish i could experience this one more time in my life. Cause that nightmare was awesome!

  35. Hannah

    Not so for me. My bad dreams are so bad, even though it WAS just a dream, I have to sit on my bed whimpering for an hour before the crystal-clear image slowly fades away. That moment when I can finally move on with my day is my AWESOME!!!

  36. Hannah

    Exactly! Like my dream where it was raining frogs…oh, darn. It was also raining severed heads with brains coming out of the necks. Yeah…

  37. Even more awesome is to fall asleep right away catching up your nightmare knowing it’s a dream. It’s real fun! Nightmare turns into adventure :)

  38. wendywithaurora

    Just say yes to sweet dreams with psyche on Awesomeland!
    Thanks Neil and everyone!

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  41. Silent Wolf

    Then you wait a minute then open your eyes again and Michael Myers is in your window.


  42. Becca

    I once had a dream that I missed the bus. But then I woke up and went, “Phew! I didn’t really miss the bus… Darn it! Now i have to get up and get ready! AGAIN!” LOL

  43. Randomer

    The only problem is when you’re really not sure if something was a dream because it was a relatively everyday thing. Sometimes I have to really rack my brains to work out if I actually told my friends something, or whether I merely dreamed I did.

  44. Lizzerella

    That baby is the perfect example of Doink!

  45. Robyn

    It’s pretty awesome when something happens and then u realize its not a dream, or when something weird happens in a dream and u can’t remember it the next day, so u aren’t thinking about it the next day.

  46. Robyn

    And that baby looks soo cute!! :D

  47. Amit agrawal

    can i get another pic of dat cute baby?
    its so cute..

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