Last night we had a behavior that we had never seen that was somewhat disturbing and we are curious as to what it might mean.
For the last year or so Ella sleeps under the covers in our bed. She is a good sleeper who is tolerant of our moving around in bed and who rarely leaves the bed herself. Last night a couple of hours after we went to sleep she started screaming and pawing to get out from under the covers. After a few seconds we were both awake and uncovered her. She leaped out of bed and ran into the next room, all the while letting out a curdling scream and whimpers. This lasted about a minute. She seemed upset and scared but did not show any signs of being hurt. I don't think we rolled onto her or anything like that. For the next hour or so she seemed upset and went back-and-forth between our bed and the living room. Eventually, she settled back into bed, but not under the covers. She seems fine this morning.
Our best guess is that she had a bad dream. Is that possible?
It was upsetting for all of us and we hope it does not happen again.