I love sleep, but it’s admittedly a very odd thing we all have to do.
It can also be rather scary from time to time.
Of course most of us have had a nightmare, but only a few of us will have woken up in the middle of the night, unable to move.
I mean just imagine it. You’ve gone to bed, then a few hours later your eyes are suddenly open and you can’t move. But you can still feel, hear, and see everything around you!
Your mind is awake but you can’t move, you panic and suddenly realise your awake in a nightmare.
It sounds like something straight out of a Stephen King novel, but it’s actually a common problem.
There are a lot of things that happen to us while we’re asleep and it’s both incredible and strange!
Seriously, who would have thought that sleeping would be so complicated?
1. Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis is a terrifying thing. Some people begin to scream, even when they’re still asleep!
Sleep paralysis is when an unfortunate sleeper wakes up and finds themselves unable to move. This happens because we’re estentially unconscious when we’re asleep, but sometimes our brains ‘wake up’ before our bodies do. Leaving us motionless.
2. Hypnagogic Hallucinations
Most of us will have encountered this, it happens when a person is almost asleep. Dream and reality slowly merge through hallucinations.
When a person opens their eyes they see a number of strange and often frightening shapes. Yikes!
Thankfully this isn’t related to any form of mental illness, it’s just a product of falling asleep.
3. Sleep Talking
I’m sure most of us are guilty of this from time to time. I know I’m an occasional sleep talker.
According to scientists, sleep taking is more common in men and children, and it’s often the result of stress.
4. A Dream Within A Dream
This really is a strange one.
It’s the sleeping version of inception and it’s kind of freaky.
It happens when you think that you’ve woken up in a dream, but in reality, you’re still fast asleep. Right now there’s no scientific explanation for this.
This can be very dangerous! Sleep walking is actually the complete opposite of sleep paralysis.
Your body is wide awake, but your brain is still in Dreamland!
Without your brain to control your body, your body can get into a lot of trouble.
While the cause is still unknow, it’s actually pretty rare and affects 4.6-10.3% of people.
6. Exploding head syndrome
Most of us have woken up suddenly because we thought we heard a loud bang or even a clap.
But it never actually happened!
This is called exploding head syndrome and it’s pretty scary!
This is caused by activity in the area of the brain that processes sound while we sleep.
7. Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can be pretty scary and even dangerous!
While their asleep the sufferer can stop breathing while their asleep, and, as a result, they suddenly wake up.
It’s often caused by the relaxation of muscles, which can block our airways. It can be caused by a number of things like old age, smoking and obesity.
8. Recurring Dreams
Recurring dreams can be frightening, especially when it involves nightmares, but there’s actually a local reason behind it!
If you don’t know what it is, the clue is in the name. It’s when certain dreams and things are recurring while you sleep.
According to psychologists and recent studies, this happens to encourage us to pay attention to things that we aren’t thinking about when we’re awake.
That dream will continue to recur until the problem behind it no longer exists.
9. Falling Onto The Bed
I know I’ve done this one a number of times! It’s pretty scary experience.
When this happens, the prospect of ‘falling’ is a real danger to our brains at the time it happens. So when we ‘fall’ in our sleep, our brain makes us react to it, forcing us to wake up to make sure we’re safe!
I knew I wasn’t just being over dramatic!
10. Out-Of-Body Experience
An out-0f-body experience is what it says on the tin.
It only happens when a person is a sleep. While this happens the person is then able to see themselves sleeping in real life.
We know very little about this phenomenon, but there are some people who believe it’s proof of an afterlife.
11. Sudden Enlightenment During Sleep
This has actually happened to me not too long ago!
I remember dreaming of swimming in a cool, calm, and empty swimming pool when I finally found a solution to a problem that had been bothering me for weeks!
This is known as sudden enlightenment during sleep.
Sudden enlightenment during sleep happens because we subconsciously know the answers to our problems.
Now, you may think I’m making this one up, but it’s actually very real! It’s even recognized by medical professionals.
Sexomnia, or sleep sex, is a rare condition where an individual will engage in sexual activity while being fully asleep.
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