Lucid dreams is a phrase to describe the state of someone knowing that they are dreaming. What I am looking for is a single word that describes that moment of realization. A friend suggested lucidity, but its definition doesn't quite fit right for what I am seeking.
I would use anagnorisis, which is the moment in a Greek narrative when the protagonist has a sudden realization of their true identity.
I am not sure how specialized moments of realization are in English. Using words that just mean that (in varied forms):
- click — "And then it clicked: I was dreaming!"
I am unable to think of a word that is reserved for a special subject of realization. Different terms have their typical uses but I think the emotional feeling or suddenness is more of a deciding factor.
Epiphany --> moment of realization
Not direct answers, but they may help in your quest:
- Hypnagogia — the state between being awake & asleep (Greek for "to lead away", ref)
- Hypnopompic — the state between being asleep & awake
- Somniferous — sleep inducing
Check the Wikipedia reference, there are tons of articles on sleep that may help you find your word.
I like "awakening" but it could be misleading on its own.