If you’ve ever had a strange experience in the middle of sleep, you are not alone. It turns out that there are a lot of strange sensations that can occur during a seemingly habitual night’s rest. Almost all those strange things while you sleep can have an explanation and once you understand what may be happening to you, perhaps you can explore more about that experience, and, above all, stop being afraid of it.

10 strange things that happen while you sleep

1. Hypnagogic hallucinations

Hypnagogic hallucinations occur when a person is about to fall asleep, but is still awake, and they see strange images in their mind. They are often scary faces or terrifying creatures. Children experience hypnagogic hallucinations more often than adults. It can be due to stress or possibly even an active imagination.

2. Talk in your sleep

If you talk in your sleep, you probably aren’t aware of it, but you can bet your partner does. People who speak during sleep suffer from “somniloquy.” The condition is not dangerous, unless, of course, you are concerned about unraveling secrets in your dream. Men and boys are more likely to talk in their sleep. The main reason why people do that is believed to be stress. It can occur when a person’s psyche is trying to resist something that he or she doesn’t really agree with.

3. Sleep paralysis

If you’ve ever experienced sleep paralysis , you know how scary it can be. When a person is experiencing sleep paralysis, they wake up at night and are unable to move. They may have feelings or hallucinations that someone else is in the room. The paralysis of sleep occurs when the muscles when the brain is awake “go out”. About 7% of the population has experienced sleep paralysis at least once.

4. Sleepwalking

The Sleepwalking is a state that is opposite to the paralysis of the dream. The person is completely asleep, but muscle paralysis does not occur. The sleepwalker is able to walk, clean or even leave the house. In the morning, they don’t remember anything that happened while they slept. Sleepwalking can be quite dangerous. It occurs in less than 10% of the population, and the cause is still unknown.

5. A dream within a dream

Having a dream within a dream is one of the strange things we experience during bedtime that can be quite scary. You may think that you just woke up from a dream, but strange things keep happening. Turns out you were just dreaming that you woke up. Scientists cannot explain why this happens.

6. Recurring dreams

Many people experience recurring dreams. It can be consecutive nights standing in line, or years dreaming of the same trip, in a classroom taking the test. etc. A recurring dream constantly produces the same plot. According to psychologists, the brain uses recurring dreams to make us pay attention to something that we do not notice in reality. The story will continue to play out over and over again, until it is resolved.

7. Falling onto the bed

Some people experience a sensation of being thrown into bed from on high. If this has ever happened to you, you may suddenly flinch and wake up from a dream in which you are flying or falling. This can happen when the brain gets scared. It perceives the dream as a real threat, then sends impulses to the muscles.

8. Out of body experiences

In an out-of-body experience, a person is half awake and half asleep. They are able to see themselves from somewhere outside of their body. Although this phenomenon is difficult to study, scientists know that the illusion of leaving the body exists. They are not sure why or how it happens.

9. Sleep apnea

A person suffering from sleep apnea suddenly stops breathing in the middle of the night. As a result, she wakes up upset. Sleep apnea dramatically reduces the quality of sleep. It also causes blood pressure to fluctuate during an attack, which can lead to heart problems. Obesity, smoking, and old age are risk factors for sleep apnea.

10. An awakened conscience during sleep

Have you ever had a moment of “enlightenment” while you were asleep? It can be the answer to a problem you’ve been looking for or a creative idea. Such an experience is as if your brain is giving you a clue while you are asleep. Your only job is to remember it when you wake up. This enlightenment during sleep occurs when the subconscious knows the answer and is trying to reveal it.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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