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Originally posted by ajmusicmedia
Actually, this happens to everyone, everyday. It happens at the moment when we fall asleep, it's just that most of the time, since we're falling asleep, we don't notice it. Sometimes our sleeping gets disorderly, so instead of immediately falling asleep, you're awake a fraction of a second longer, just enough for your conscious mind to pick it up. And jerk you awake, of course.
I hardly notice it anymore, but as a child I used to hear it all the time. A woman's voice. I thought it was my mother's.
Also, as our nervous system is relaxing for sleep, if this is not properly synchronized, you will see an electrical flash. Nowadays, I see that more often. The first time it happens, you think it was lightning. But the sky is clear and your eyes were closed. Still, that's the exact effect. This also happens to everyone every night.
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 word play, 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 is heard.
Originally posted by renegadeloser
hmmm so when someone is asleep the simplest way to wake them up is to call their name. Perhaps this is someone we know in dreamland trying to wake us up there.
Just curious...what are ethereal spiders?
Originally posted by JoeSignal
reply to post by ajmusicmedia
I have to agree with you on this one. You describe my experiences as precisely as possible.
As a child I would probably hear this 3-4 times a week on average, and more than often it would include the jolt.
Now that I am older, 9 out of 10 times, it is just a white flash and sometimes the jolt. But I don't experience it quite as often. I love that we all have these similar experiences, makes us united in a way that can't be denied. I had the same feeling when I first read about ethereal spiders. It's just something a lot of us go through apparently.