When I was asleep it didn't feel like I was asleep. Maybe that's the whole point of it. The drool that would excessively moisten my pillow seemed to have a very real purpose. And I suppose it did.
I would close my eyes and count backwards from one hundred. It proved to be only somewhat effective. Minutes later they'd shoot open and then I'd be reminded of the complexities of reality.
Isn't it fascinating how none of us have ever been taught how to sleep? It is strictly intuitive. Well... for most of us it is intuitive. Everyone knows how to sleep or is at least familiar with the concept of sleep.
And the resulting effect from sleep is just as intuitive; the dream state. Therein lies an even greater mystery.