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Exploding Head Syndrome (!)

Discussion in 'Sleep' started by Cort, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Cort

    Cort Phoenix Rising Founder

    Well this is a new one!

    Yes, it's another sleep disorder - albeit one I'd never heard of.

    From WebMd

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    Causes: Minor seizures, middle ear problems and (the inevitable) stress or anxiety'

    https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorde...Qa4fEhFleSkN6zzHj7ha@HnVev1imbCsdjqQXTh/eU=#1
     
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  2. BadBadBear

    BadBadBear Senior Member

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    Well, our neighbors DO build bombs and blow them off around bedtime (thank goodness, usually not often after 10 PM). Now I am not sure if it's ME or them! :D

    But yes, I am pretty sure I've asked my partner more than once what that noise was, and he SAYS there wasn't anything. Next time, I'll just tell him my head exploded.
     
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    Cort Phoenix Rising Founder

  4. Tammy

    Tammy Senior Member

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    This used to happen to my ex. He described the sound as a gunshot as he would fall to sleep. Strange.
     
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  5. Wishful

    Wishful Senior Member

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    Not a sound, imaginary or not, but sometimes when I'm laying there, I'll get a kind of spasm, like being shocked. No stress or anxiety involved. Maybe just a neuron misfiring. It might be the same syndrome. Not troublesome enough to bother about though.
     
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    kurt Senior Member

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    I get this sometimes, a loud pop. Usually while the brain is shutting down at night. I sometimes get the sound when waking up as well. Really wierd. I have wondered if there is a gland of some kind in the head that opens and closes and can make noise. Or maybe something in the ear or sinuses when we relax. Possibly just neurological noise from uneven release of ions in the nerves.
     
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    BadBadBear Senior Member

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    Like a hypnic jerk? => https://www.livescience.com/39225-why-people-twitch-falling-asleep.html
     
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    Wishful Senior Member

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    Yup, hypnic jerks is probably correct. I see there's no real treatment, but I rarely experience it, so I won't worrry about it. Thanks for the correct term though.
     
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  9. 2Cor.12:9

    2Cor.12:9 Senior Member

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    @Cort - Arghhh...... I had this for awhile when I first got sick 32 yrs ago. Only recently learned what it was. It totally freaked me out- Sounded like a bomb exploding inside my head while I was sleeping. I thought I had a ruptured aneurysm or something - but then I guess I woulda been dead- :0
    Definitely one of the weirder symptoms I've had.
     

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