Friday, February 28, 2014

And then my brain exploded...

Exploding head syndrome is a form of hypnagogic auditory hallucination and is a rare and relatively undocumented parasomnia event in which the subject experiences a loud bang in their head similar to a bomb exploding, a gun going off, a clash of cymbals, ringing, an earthquake, or any other form of loud, indecipherable noise that seems to originate from inside the head.

This noise usually happens at the onset of sleep or within an hour or two of falling asleep, but is not necessarily the result of a dream. Although the sound is perceived as extremely loud, it is usually not accompanied by pain. Attacks appear to change in number over time, with several attacks happening in a space of days or weeks, followed by months of remission. Sufferers often feel a sense of fear and anxiety before and after an attack, accompanied by elevated heart rate. 

Attacks may also be accompanied by perceived flashes of light (when perceived on their own, known as a "visual sleep start") or difficulty in breathing. The condition is also known as "auditory sleep starts". The associated symptoms are varied, but the benign nature of the condition is emphasized and neither extensive investigation nor treatment are indicated. Sufferers may experience an inability to vocalize any sound, or mild forms of sleep paralysis during an attack. There is no known treatment.

I got that from Wikipedia. 

Apparently this is part of a Writing Challenge. To see more, go to www.WeWorkForCheese.com . Today's theme is "And then my brain exploded".


13 comments:

  1. I'm part of the "Exploding Head Syndrome Forum" which has a lot of people on it. I usually get brain zaps and all these weird electrical noises going on. The other day I got a huge metal door slamming. Good thing I had read that on the forum otherwise I would have been a basket case. As it were, I just rolled over and went back to sleep.

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    1. I just get the sudden falling in my sleep syndrome.

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  2. Hahahahaaaaa I haven't seen that video!!! That is hysterical!

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  3. Amazing. Oh, and your post was interesting too.

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  4. Amazing the things you can find on Wikipedia. Too bad I can't find my brain anywhere..

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    1. I found it on Wikipedia while researching Finnish cheese.

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  5. Thank god for Wikipedia, the great averager of intelligence.

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    1. For some reason I could not find a single entry about stubbornfool.com.
      I guess I will have to make something up.

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  6. Ka-boom! Ugh. Sounds kind of scary!

    Glad you participated in the challenge. Good job!

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  7. I love when JD's head explodes. He's always doing that.

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  8. You made me read all of that before you got to telling me it was from Wikipedia? Bummer. Good graphics.

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