Post # 1
Need some advice. I have a condition that means I frequently have nightmares and then when I wake up, I only half wake up. I stay in the state of being half asleep half awake for ages ages and during that time although I am dreaming, am convinced I’m awake. I usually get very upset. Last night it happened again and I got really upset and screamed at my partner because in my dream she was being horrible. I wasn’t aware of what I was doing as I was asleep and my partner understands what’s going on. However what pulled me out of it was hearing our neighbours knocking quite loudly, and quite angrily on the ceiling. This was about 2:30am. I think I woke them up. I feel really embarrassed and worry they think we were having a massive argument when really it was my sleep condition. I know I was screaming really loud. Should I put a note through their door and explain or should I just let them assume it was an argument?
Post # 3
You might just stop over when you have time and explain your condition. Part so they can see you, so they can see that you have not been beat up and part because I think it just means more when people do things like that in person. If they understand your condition, they will be far less likely to call the police thinking something is happening to you. I think you will find that they will be really understanding and accept any appology gratefully. I say appology because, though no fault of your own, you did wake them up at a late hour.
I am sorry that you have those, that must be really scary to go through. I love that your partner is so understanding, that is sweet.
Post # 4
@tksjewelry: thanks for the advice. Problem is they work really odd hours and are never home when we are home other than very late at night.
The condition has never been formally diagnosed but is likely REM behavior disorder. I’ve done all sorts when I’ve been experiencing an episode. I once nearly jumped out of a window thinking the house wall falling down and I had to get out, once walked into the living room completely naked in front of a friend to offer them some water believing I had put clothes on, and once accidentally punched my partner mistaking her for an intruder. It can be triggered and made worse by stress and other illnesses and I have a bad cold right now so that’s probably why it kicked off last night.
Post # 5
I would write a note to them.
Post # 6
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I would just leave it be. Unless this happens often to where they should be concerned that you two you go at it all the time or something, I would try not to worry about it. Honestly, I would think you’re even crazier if I got that note haha.
Post # 7
I would either stop over if you have a chance to or write them a note explaining. It will probably make you feel better about it, and if it happens again they’ll hopefully be understanding!
Post # 8
@stephanie091512: It’s happened before. I have an episode once every few weeks but this is the first time we’ve heard them knock on the ceiling. Whether this means this is the first time they’ve heard it or they’ve just had enough now, I dont know.
Post # 9
If your neighbors will be home for the weekend then maybe you can go over and explain to them in person. You can even take your SO with you so that they can see for themselves that the two of you have good understanding. Would it help?