I just had a borderline nightmare. And i found many things to help me realize that its a dream. I ended up smashing and alarm clock, but here are the things different in dreams.
•You cant scream. Itll feel like your throats clogged and that you need to clear it, but it wont work. Sometimes cant talk.
•The time will never be the same no matter how many times you look at the clock. Because our mind has a bad perception of time.
•you cant hurt yourself or get hurt. You cant feel anything except emotions, mostly fear or anger.
•you’re in an “unfamiliar setting, when really its olaces you’ve been, or seen, all rolled into one. You do and dont know how you got there, but you know where lots is.
The only way to get out is to use one of these elemnts against your own brain. As i used time because its the easiest. You have to prove to yourself its a dream. You cant just scream its a dream, thats cheating in your mind. Hopefully this helps.