Years ago, I used to wake up with a start. I’d be trying to sit up with my hands outstretched in front of me. I’d wake up thinking I’d been falling.
Now. I find that I wake up thinking I’d stubbed my toe or hit my head.
Somewhat unrelated: I’ve gotten no end of laughs and amusement from Dion Mcgregor Dreams Again, a collection of sleep talking from Dion Mcgregor, an apparently famous “somniloquist.”