Posted on November 2, 2010
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The first signs that the deep sleep was waning came very subtly, in the form of ungraspable fuzz at the edge of consciousness, undefined intrusions of a long forgotten reality outside the realm of dreams, like a hum too faint to hear or a light too dim too see. It could have almost been ignored, so complete was the slumber, but the waking process accelerated, grasping for attention, penetrating into thoughts, demanding a reaction. The mind obeyed, firing up areas that had not been required for a long time, anticipating the unavoidable requirement to process outside stimuli and send signals to still dormant muscles. Mild and tranquil heartbeats increased in strength and pace, and the lungs filled deeper with air as the body sluggishly tried to match the vigor of the awakening mind. And then, with a final rush, sleep was over.