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Hypnagogic imagery is often auditory or has an auditory component. Like the visuals, hypnagogic sounds vary in intensity from faint impressions to loud noises, such as crashes and bangs (exploding head syndrome). People may imagine their own name called or a doorbell ringing. Snatches of imagined speech are common. While typically nonsensical and fragmented, these speech events can occasionally strike the individual as apt comments on – or summations of – their thoughts at the time. They often contain wordplay, neologisms and made-up names. Hypnagogic speech may manifest as the subject’s own ‘inner voice’, or as the voices of others: familiar people or strangers. More rarely, poetry or music are heard.
Originally posted by Wallachian
Yeah, i too hear voices before falling asleep. And i also see things with my eyes closed. It's been happening for as long as i can remember, i always thought it's normal, but strange enough, i never even asked myself if others experience this too, until now.
My guess is that it's just our brains starting to dream when we're not fully asleep yet, but who knows.
Originally posted by rachel07
I get that, as well as, pictures in my head of various people, places and things that I don't recognize. I try and remember as much as I can.
For example, one of the images that came to mind was Maddy, before she was kidnapped in Portugal. You know the picture where she was biting her bottom lip. That is the image that came to me the day before, she was taken. I remembered it, as I thought she was such a cute little girl.
Little did I know that I was seeing the image of a child that was going to turn out to be kidnapped.
I think that state between concious and unconcious allows us to connect more readily than in our awake, or asleep state. We are more in tune to everything.
Hypnagogic phenomena may be interpreted as visions, prophesies, premonitions, apparitions and inspiration (artistic or divine), depending on the experiencer’s beliefs and those of their culture.
Among the more commonly reported, and more thoroughly researched, sensory features of hypnagogia are phosphenes, also called ‘entoptic phenomena’. Hypnagogic phosphenes can manifest as seemingly random speckles, lines or geometrical patterns, including form constants, or as figurative (representational) images. They may be monochromatic or richly coloured, still or moving, flat or three-dimensional (offering an impression of perspective). Individual images are typically fleeting and given to very rapid changes. They are said to differ from dreams proper in that hypnagogic imagery is usually static and lacking in narrative content, although others understand the state rather as a gradual transition from hypnagogia to fragmentary dreams, i.e. from simple ‘eigenlicht’ to whole imagined scenes. Descriptions of exceptionally vivid and elaborate hypnagogic visuals can be found in the work of Marie-Jean-Léon, Marquis d'Hervey de Saint Denys.