Usually due to sleep. Hypnagogic hallucinations are exclusive to the onset of sleep. They should never occur when awake and alert. They are more common than you think but usually associated with sleep deprivation and narcolepsy. If you feel you are not getting enough good sleep, try improving that first. If it continues, talk to your doctor.
Multiple causes. There are multiple causes of hypnagogic hallucinations (occurring as you're falling asleep) -- so the treatment depends on the cause. Sleep deprivation, prolonged stress, hallucinogens like lsd and cannabis can cause these; so can psychotic disorders like schizophrenia. Also, they are part of narcolepsy, which also includes cataplexy, sleep attacks, and sleep paralysis. See your doctor for help.
Hypnagogic hallucin. These are perceptual disturbances that occur as someone is falling asleep.
Hypnogogic. Hypnogogic hallucinations are visual, tactile, auditory, or other sensory events -- usually brief but occasionally prolonged -- that occur at the transition from wakefulness to sleep. They can come with the syndrome of narcolepsy, but they don't have to. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder consisting of the above, along with daytime sleepiness, cataplexy (suddenly going limp), and sleep paralysis.
Hypnagogic. Usually brief visual images while dozing off to sleep.
Www. Wikipedia. Com. These hallucinations occur just before falling asleep, and affect a surprisingly high proportion of the population (in one survey 37% of the respondents experienced them twice a week ). The hallucinations can last from seconds to minutes, all the while the subject usually remains aware of the true nature of the images. These may be associated with narcolepsy or rarely brainstem abnomalities.
Hypnogogic. Hypnogogic hallucinations are visual, tactile, auditory, or other sensory events that occur at the transition from wakefulness to sleep. They can be part of the syndrome of narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder consisting of the above, along with daytime sleepiness, cataplexy (suddenly going limp), and sleep paralysis. Other possibilities include partial and absence seizures, & schizophrenia.
I have narcolepsy and I experienced "hypnagogic hallucinations" I am wondering is "hypnagogic hallucinations"safe to have? Can it damage my health?
Safe. Maybe disturbing, but harmless.
See below. Hallucinations during the transitions from wake to sleep ; vice versa, are a part of narcolepsy ; other sleep disorders, indicating fragmented sleep and intrusion of rem sleep into wakefulness. By themselves, are not "harmful" but can indicate an undertreated sleep disorder. It can be frightening ; frustrating, ; if it is the case, consult your sleep dr. About further managing your narcolepsy.
Should I see a doctor about my Hypnagogic Hallucinations? I only have them about 3 times a year, but they are usually quite disturbing.
Yes see a sleep spec. Get a good sleep specialist to evaluate your symptoms.
Decisions. If you have no other symptoms, it might be best to let it be or merely be evaluated for a possible cause. Most cases are not dangerous but only upsetting. Unnecessary medications can be worse, but some psychotherapy can teach you how to cope. So, eval and maybe therapy. Best! Http://voices. Yahoo. Com/hypnagogic-hallucination-scary-but-treatable-sleep-7728048.html.
YES. I assume you are talking about hallucinations while falling asleep (this is what hypnagogic hallucinations are)? These are more common than once thought, and nothing may be wrong. The most common condition they are associated with is narcolepsy, although such hallucinations can occur in a number of other conditions, or they can be normal. I would see a neurologist or a sleep specialist.
What can I do to reduce or prevent hypnagogic hallucinations? I understand its not real but they are terrifying and vivid and disrupt sleep 1x per wk.
Polysomnogram. Hello. There is not an easy answer for this. It would be very important to see a sleep specialist and to obtain a polysomnogram (sleep study). This will help to identify your sleep abnormalities accurately -so that a specific treatment plan can be developed. Take care.
Occasionally I see spiders when I wake up, falling asleep, or really tired. Could this be hypnagogic hallucinations or am I crazy?
Could be. These could be hypnagogic or hypnopompic (waking up) hallucinations although those are more often described as "vivid dreams." What's important is how long this has been happening eg lifelong vs weeks or months & whether it's part of a larger syndrome eg narcolepsy. An exact name or cause may never be found so then the approach is practical: Serious vs benign? Discuss this with your doctor.