There’s a great post on Mental Floss today about certain anomolies that can occur as we sleep.  Given that I write a lot of my dreams down on this little blog’o’mine, the article caught my attention – particularly the section on the “exploding head syndrome”.

Here’s the article:  10 Sleep Snippets

And here’s my comment:

This is one of my favorite topics as I often have EXTREMELY intense and bizarre dreams (which I blog about frequently).  I never knew that “exploding head syndrome” existed, but it definitely happened to me once and it was certainly one of the most fearful experiences of my life.  I woke up because I thought my apartment exploded.  I heard a very loud noise in my head and I woke up literally screaming.  My husband FREAKED out and it took me a few seconds to come to terms with the fact that we were both fine.  Unfortunately for me, the anxiety and terror lasted hours.  While I could rationalize that what had occured was in my head, I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was trying to destroy me.  I refused to let my husband touch me because I honestly believed he was trying to kill me; like his fingers were going to bore into my flesh and rip my organs out.  I also kept looking over my shoulder and could not sit still, like there was a “bad guy” lurking around every corner waiting for me to let my guard down.  My husband said I looked like a deer in headlights.  It was an absolutely horrible night and neither of us got over it for quite some time.  It still gives me the creeps just remembering the details.  For a while I assumed it was a night terror, but since those only happened to children (or so I thought) I never really had much of a diagnosis.  I’ll be doing more research on this exploding head thing now.  See, another reason why I’m glad I read Mental Floss!  Thanks, Stacy!

As far as the Hypnagogic Jerk thing goes, that happens to me just about every night.  I heard once, most likely from an unreliable source, that it’s a result of your soul or subconscious mind trying to “go out and enter the dreamworld”, metaphysically speaking.  Sort of like an old woman trying to get up from an easy chair… it can take a few tries.

So far my Googling hasn’t turned up too much on Exploding Head syndrome, and luckily my experience was an isolated incident.  I’m still amazed at all that goes on in our brains and would love to be part of some experimental research project on sleep and dreaming (as long as a safe return to my accustomed level of normalcy can be assured).

Neato.

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