The title isn't necessarily what this question is about, but this morning after I woke up, I pretty much immediately fell back aleep and began Astral Projecting, and I knew I was dreaming. I did not do this out of will, and things were clearer, more emotional, and I could control things a bit easier. I'm proud of myself, but I'm wondering if it's normal to AP right after falling asleep, and only for about 5 minutes? It was so vivid, and seemed to follow up to an earlier AP that night/early morning.
You were in rem sleep and the cool thing about rem sleep (rapid eye movement) which is a stage of sleep when you dream. The cool thing about rem sleep is that when you wake up from rem sleep you go right back. Because you were just awake you started lucid dreaming and some say dreaming takes place in the astral realm.