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    alpacinoutd Active Member

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    to be between sleep and wakefulness

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by alpacinoutd, Sep 16, 2020.

    Hello all.

    I want to express the idea that someone had a rough night and they were sleep then awoke and then sleep again and so on.

    Can I use seesaw or oscillate?

    Is this correct and natural?

    I was oscillating / seesawing between sleep and wakefulness all night.

    If that doesn't work, how can I express the idea?
     
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    "Oscillating" works better.
     
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    Is this completely okay?

    I was oscillating between sleep and wakefulness all night.

    Is there a better way to express the idea?
     
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    Waves caressing a shore, up into the warm sands of wakefulness, and back again to the cool embrace of sleep. The susurration of dreams are children on the shore, laughing indistinctly, calling names only almost understood.
     
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    I'd use "tipping" since people usually "fall" asleep and tipping implies almost falling but not quite.
     
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    Great as always...:superagree:
     
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    How do you use "tip" in a full sentence?
     
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    I was tipping between sleep and wakefulness all night?
     
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    Can I also use the word "consciousness"?

    I.....in and out of consciousness.
    It's like I was consciousness for a few minutes...then I dozed off and then I became conscious again.

    I need a verb for that sentence.
     
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    I have insomnia.
    In my experience. If you don't get enough sleep, then everything floats before your eyes. You fall asleep on the go. You slow down and get out of reality.

    But the strangest thing is how I call it hallucinations. A state when a dream is superimposed on reality.
    You don't want to sleep in this state, probably because you are half asleep, but it feels like someone is playing with the shaders of the world.

    The world around can become black and white, or vice versa, the colors will become very bright. To me it was such that I saw cracks everywhere, another time just black spots everywhere, the third time the stars twinkled everywhere.
    If you concentrate your vision, the illusion disappears, but having relaxed your eyes, you again begin to see what is not there. Usually these are simple images that are superimposed on reality.

    To get the effect, you need to sleep 2-3 hours a day during the week.


    As I understand it, the reason for this is that part of the brain decides to rest despite the fact that the person has woken up. At the same time, some part of the brain is asleep and the other is awake. As a result, dream and reality begin to fold together in the brain, the dream adjusts to what the eyes see and complement the picture with images.

    Principle like augmented reality games (AR games)
     
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    The word 'doze' might be useful.
     
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    In and out of sleep. That would sound the most natural to me, and it’s how I would describe the occurrence if I was verbally relating a poor night’s sleep to another person.
     
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    The process isn't symmetrical so from my own experience I usually keep slipping into unconsciousness only to bounce out again (confused, scared and restless)
     
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    I spent a fitful night trapped in my thoughts, drifting off at odd moments only to jolt back awake.

    "Fitful" is the word you want. Just say you spent a fitful night, and embellish it however.
     
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    I like your suggestion.

    I would appreciate it if others also let me know what they think about this:

    John arrived home, his eyes hollow and rimmed in black. He crashed on the bed to get the one hundred hours of sleep he needed but he had no idea what the night had in store for him. He kept slipping into unconsciousness only to bounce out again, restless and helpless. It didn't take long to realize he was in for a rough, long night.
     
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    I also learned the word "ether" and wrote this:

    John was in bed. He was going back and forth in that ether between sleep and wakefulness, between real and unreal. He could hear his children but, he could not touch them.

    I would appreciate if you would tell me what you think about what I have written in the last 2 posts.

    Since I am not a native speaker, I can't tell if they work or not.
     
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    Are these two so bad?:superfrown:

    1. John arrived home, his eyes hollow and rimmed in black. He crashed on the bed to get the one hundred hours of sleep he needed but he had no idea what the night had in store for him. He kept slipping into unconsciousness only to bounce out again, restless and helpless. It didn't take long to realize he was in for a rough, long night.

    2. John was in bed. He was going back and forth in that ether between sleep and wakefulness, between the real and the unreal. He could hear his children but, he could not touch them.
     

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