Awake, waking and awakening means you realise something; you ‘wake up’ to or become aware of your situation; or you have come out of a period of withdrawal.
If you wake up in sleep and are aware of dreaming, see lucid dreaming.
Idioms: Rude awakening; wake up to something; wide awake.
What is it I am waking up to in the dream and in life?
Is it difficult to wake – if so what is stopping me?
What woke me?