This is my 6-8am time where I can get a few minutes here and there, it's really tough to hold onto, a delicate balance of awareness and unconsciousness. I'm getting better at it, you can start to feel yourself slipping back into autopilot, when that happens force yourself to look at your watch or discern something of a specific colour, simple things you can embed as commands which will remind you to stay un-asleep.
The other end of it is actually properly waking up, I find if I can keep my eyes closed there's half a chance I'll slip back under, but at that stage you can be really confused as you'll feel "awake" but like you're drunk. This is the precipice of the bit you mentioned where the body is asleep - it's here that the body is now awake and you can control it - but you want to get back to being where you're unable to move your body.
After you can get yourself to this state, whats the next step? Your conciously aware of your surroundings, yet unable to interact with anything, etc. So what are you actually suppose to do?
I'm actually glad I read this cause its happened to me a few times, usually after a big flight I'll lay somewhere, or sit down and bang, I'm like a dead fish but awake and completely aware of everything around me. First time it happened it scared the living sh1t out of me, couldn't move, breathing slowed, I dead set thought I'd been poisoned or something, was very very scared. Infact I wondered then if I'd dreamed it until it happened a second time.
Never spoken about it cause - well it sounds a bit insane?
So, if this was to happen again, what are we actually suppose to do or experiment with when it hits? I for one, panic and try and snap out of it asap - but I can't... it snaps me out when it snaps me out =/