I'm as novice a writer as one can get so please bear with me. I have read many times that a writer shouldn't mislead the reader otherwise the reader will lose trust in the author and lose his engagement to the story. Near the very start of my book the protagonist, passes out from blood loss and poisoning, after which he dreams of waking up fine uninjured and continuing on his way. As he progresses things start to slowly deteriorate and the dream slowly turns into a nightmare leading to him eventually waking up right where he passed out initially.Here comes my problem, I handle the transition from reality to dream like normal wihtout informing the readers of what is happening exactly, somewhat like that. (not what i'v actually written just a hasty example)
Sitting in the side of tree, he sowly closes his eyes to rest for a few minutes.
A drop of water fell to his bare hand jolting him up from his sleep. Scared he jumped up to check his suroundings........
Would this constitute tricking the reader since I dont specify that he wakes up in his dreams?
Also in the next chapter I do something similar with the introduction to another protaginst to draw a parallel between them. Even if it alright to do it the first time, would using two dream sequences in such close proximity alienate the readers?