Understanding Narcolepsy: Hypnagogic Hallucinations

Narcolepsy involves many aspects and side effects. One in which is described as hypnagogic hallucinations that can seem so real, individuals often think that they’re real.

According to MoreThanTired.com, hypnagogic hallucinations are occurrences that are often described as nightmares or vivid (often frightening) dreamlike experiences that seem real while falling asleep or waking up. You may experience hearing sounds or words when drifting to sleep or have unwanted visions. Sleep paralysis often accompanies these hallucinations.

Hypnagogic or hypnopompic hallucinations are visual, tactile, auditory, or involve other sensory events, usually brief but occasionally prolonged, that occur at the transition from wakefulness to sleep (hypnagogic) or from sleep to wakefulness (hypnopompic). The person may hear sounds that are not there and see visual hallucinations. These visual and auditory images are very vivid and may be bizarre or disturbing.

What You Should Know:

– Hypnagogic hallucinations can occur without narcolepsy. People may be reluctant to admit to them for fear of being thought mentally ill. However, they are thought to occur in most people at least once in their lives.

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