I have started doing something in the past few months that I have never done before. (but always wanted to) I can recognize when I am in a dream. Last night I had a particularly strange experience where I was in a dream with a friend of mine. I told her, "hang on, I just realized I am dreaming. Don't let go of me, I am getting pulled out of it". I had to focus really hard to stay in the dream, but I did it. My friend had a photo album of pictures that I wanted to see so that was my motivation for staying in the dream. I am not sure what this is about, but I am having a lot of stress and insomnia lately that might be triggering it. Do you have moments when you realize you are dreaming and does it snap you out of it or do you stay in the dream state?