26.06.2015
Hypnagogia, or hypnagogic, or hypnopompic, are all terms which basically point at the particular periods right before falling asleep or right after waking up. As you may imagine there are a lot more different types of hypnagogic hallucinations’ symptoms because they tend to be pretty specific to the person experiencing them, however, the list above should give you an idea of what kinds of things have already been reported. This is because on one hand a person is having a shocking experience either prior to sleeping or as he or she starts their day and, on the other side, this is not really something people talk about with one another because of the fear of being seen as “crazy”. For people who have never read about lucid dreaming this connection would not be possible to make, however it is very clear that when people are having hypnagogic hallucinations(who do not know about lucid dreaming) they report all of a sudden levitating or coming out of their body, floating in the air.
The good news is that hypnagogic hallucinations never bring any physical harm to your body by themselves, however, I would argue that since the person can be mentally affected and fall into depression and isolation with the inability to discuss or share then there are indirectly actually harms coming to the physical body from hypnagogic hallucinations (unless of course they are just lucid dreams which are harmless). Individuals that suffer from sleep paralysis experience partial or complete paralysis right before falling asleep or immediately upon waking from sleep. If sleep paralysis wasn’t already scary enough, some patients also experience terrifying hypnagogic hallucinations that coincide with their paralysis.
Sleep paralysis and terrifying hypnagogic hallucinations are scary but not life threatening. There can be two cases when thinking to treat sleep disorders like hypnagogic hallucinations (or hypnopompic): one is when you are aware of the cause behind the hallucinations and the other is when the cause is unclear, difficult to determine or all attempts have failed. When assigning the above drugs to patients the assumption would be that there is something wrong going on such as depression, insomnia or whatever unclear mental condition, which are creating physical disruptions in the body of the person and creating all kinds of mess including manifestations of hallucinations.
But please understand that this option is like shooting in the dark = low chances of success of treating this or any other sleep disorders. As you may have seen in my other article called Hypnagogic Hallucinations Causes there are a number of various items which can trigger hypnagogic hallucinations or general ones. Here the treatment would be to stop taking these drugs and test to see if the hallucinations have stopped or not. When talking about sleep deprivation the treatment is very clear – you have to go from a condition of someone deprived from sleep back to normal quality sleep.


Hypnagogic hallucinations can occur at sleep onset, either during daytime sleep episodes or at night. The painting (marbling on polygraph paper) at the top of this page is titled 'Hypnagogic Tease', and is part of a series of works called 'One Night of Sleep and Dreaming' by artist Fariba Bogzaran. Bearing that in mind, let’s look at the symptoms of these sleep disorders, which are a little bit difficult to classify under nice sub-heading due to their nature. It is not really clear why people do not naturally see more positive things and rather, instead, have hypnagogic hallucinations which leave them in fear, but in my personal opinion it is the bombardment of all kinds of scary images through movies or the internet or games so there is a bias overload of negative imagery compared to positive ones and it would be logical that the brain spends a lot more energy processing this larger quantity of negative data, so we “see” it more often. It is practically impossible to diagnose if a person is suffering from hypnagogic hallucinations.
However, for those suffering from a sleep disorder, a restful night’s rest is anything but the norm. Individuals with narcolepsy experience excessive daytime sleepiness and can fall asleep instantly and without warning.
These hallucinations typically include an absolutely frightful character that would petrify even the most hardcore horror movie fan. Below we will discuss a number of treatments for hypnagogic hallucinations, but it is important to understand that with such a complex brain issue there might not be a positive outcome always. The hope would be that the removal of possible depression or good quality sleep would allow the body the time to gather forces, repair or regenerate itself and recover. Therefore hypnagogic hallucinations treatment in this case would be equivalent to the treatment of sleep deprivation. When looking at it from this angle then you can understand that you can choose to stop meditating or praying for a period of time and test to see if the frequency and intensity of the hallucinations change. The scary thing is that according to a study conducted in the UK of a large amount of people (5000) nearly 40% reported having hypnagogic hallucinations. Tests can be conducted in a sleep lab looking for signs of insomnia or narcolepsy which are treatable and very closely related to this condition, however since the causes of hallucinations are so numerous and as there are no devices available to measure these hallucinations the patient is likely to receive a generic treatment of sleeping pills or anti depressants or other anti psychotics.


While everyone is likely to experience insomnia at one point in their life, some people have to deal with strange sleep disorders and can only hope for a full night of sleep. Not everyone that experiences sleep paralysis suffers from these hallucinations and terrifying hypnagogic hallucinations can occur without accompanying paralysis. However, with prescription medication you always can ask your doctor for an alternative or you can perhaps stop taking it for a certain period to see if the frequency and intensity of the hypnagogic hallucinations have reduced.
Once this root cause has been taken care of then hypnagogic hallucinations, which are, in this specific case, a direct consequence, would be expected to just disappear. That is scary and most people wouldn’t think, “Hey, this is a sleep disorder, everything will be OK.” Instead, thoughts would turn to worst-case scenarios like a brain tumor. A seemingly healthy individual goes to sleep and has an unexpected and fatal heart attack, never to wake again. Even partial treatment or a minor improvement may result in hypnagogic hallucinations treatment. Again, you need some non-stress time to test if there are any changes in the frequency of hypnagogic hallucinations and their intensity. Therefore, hypnagogic hallucinations treatment in this case would be carried out not by doctors, but by yourself, by watching and understanding consequences of your actions.
Another common and interesting type of hallucination that is sometimes reported at sleep onset involves elementary cenesthopathic feelings (like experiencing picking, rubbing, or light touching), changes in location of body parts (like an arm or a leg), or feelings of levitation or extracorporeal experiences (like moving the body in space or floating above the bed) that may be quite elaborate. The association of sleep paralysis has led researchers to think that maybe there was gamma loop involvement in some of these hallucinations.



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