Falling Sensation While Sleeping: What it is & What to Do


Have you ever woken up after having a dream of falling or with a “jerk awake” after a vivid sensation of rapidly falling down a cliff? As it turns out, you are not alone. About 40% of the respondents to IAC’s Online Survey reported falling sensation while sleeping at least once in their lifetime. And while the reaction to the experience can vary from thrilling to surprising to frightening, you can learn how to work with your non-physical bodies and turn this experience into a positive one.

What causes falling sensation while sleeping is the natural disengagement of the astral body (psychosoma) from the physical one, as a result of the relaxation achieved and the expansion of your energies. When we are awake, our energies keep us connected to the physical body, and as a result our bodies stay “aligned”.


To understand the falling down feeling while sleeping, we need to understand what happens with us during our sleep cycle.

We also need to understand the difference between the sleep state and being lucid. Our physical body needs sleep. We, as consciousnesses (mind, soul, intelligent principle) do not need to sleep. The physical body may be awake or asleep. The consciousness, on the other hand, can be lucid or not, and have different levels of lucidity at different points of time.

When we combine both variables, we get some interesting results. Most people lose lucidity when their physical body goes to sleep. This is not something necessary however, it is only a force of habit that we have which makes us switch off lucidity as we are falling asleep. If you manage to stay lucid while your physical body goes to sleep, you will have an out-of-body experience (or astral projection).

When we take off with our astral body (psychosoma) during natural sleep, we usually float near the physical body. Most of us do not have lucidity while this is happening, in other words, we are unaware that we are out of the body and not in control of the experience. Since the astral body (psychosoma) does not have weight like the physical one, it tends to float out of the body. The separation of astral body from the psychosoma seems to be associated with the bioenergy recharge we receive from a good night of sleep.

Falling Asleep

The dream of falling and the sensation of falling while sleeping stems from regaining lucidity when you are floating outside the body.

Our brain normally tries to incorporate external sensations and stimuli into our dreams, especially when we are in the REM period close to the time when we wake up every day. For example, if the alarm clock goes off with a nice song, and you were driving a car in your dream, you may dream that you switched on the car’s radio, and that the same nice music started to play. This is something that happens so quickly that it can give the impression that the dream and the stimuli happened at the same time.

In regards to the dream of falling, the sensation of falling from a few dozen inches above your physical body may be the trigger for a dream of falling into a well, or stepping into an endless abyss.