Good one, Joel. That one has my mind reeling with implications. I refer the "awakening" to enlightenment or knowledge of some sort. I have had many personal moments of being "glad to be awake" and other times when I would rather not have "been awake".
For some reason, this post made me think of the Nazi war crimes, and Mengele's "medical experiments" in particular.
"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin