When I was a kid, if I dreamed I peed in my sleep, I'd wake myself up wetting the bed; now, I can use the bathroom in my dream and wake up later to find I need to go, but I haven't messed up. But since I'd always peed in reality when I peed in my dream as a kid, I'd always believed that if you died in your dream, you would die in reality. So when I was shot in my dream a few months ago, even felt the bullet hit my chest, I wondered as I awoke if I was going to die. Oh yeah, when I have a nightmare, it's not all gauzy and confusing. It seems as real as anything and I awaken in a state of complete freak-out.
As I understand, you're not supposed to experience or be able to do many of these things and stay asleep. So, anybody else have vivid, narrative-type dreams with all the trimmings?