Then what is the difference between being conscious and unconscious? Is your suggestion that there is no difference with respect to consciousness between being awake and asleep? If so I would gently suggest that you are not using the word "consciousness" in any recognizable sense. Which may explain much of the confusion on this thread.Maybe you should use subconscious when you want to talk about such things.
Perhaps you could provide me with a short succinct definition of "consciousness" as you use it.
But this is not what I, or anyone else, ordinarily uses the word "subconscious" for. We use the word to mean that part of the psyche which is not apparent to ourselves.
Let me clarify my question because I still am unclear on your response. I, and most ordinary users of the language, use "consciousness" to apply simply to that bit of the psyche which is apparent to ourselves. In this sense: "I am conscious of sitting here, now", "I am conscious of sweetness when I bite an apple", also "I am unconscious when asleep, or under anesthetic" etc...
I am not saying that this ordinary use is any more or less correct than your use. However what is clear is that your use of "consciousness" is not this ordinary use. So what I am interested in finding out is exactly what your use of "consciousness" is.
From reading your post I have gathered a few possibilities; which, if any, best represents your position:
i) "A consciousness" is the same thing
as "a living thing".
ii) "Consciousness" is a quality
which is possessed by "a living thing".
iii) "Consciousness" is the same thing
iv) "Consciousness" is the mechanism
which allows us to access reality.