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Originally posted by Alien44
Is this a re-post? I read this a few months ago, or am I dreaming?
Originally posted by AceWombat04
Hmmm. It seems there's a distinction between hypnagogia and night terrors now of which I was unaware. I suffered night terrors as a child up until about the age of ten years, and was always (consistently) told by the therapists my parents took me to (which they did because it was quite disruptive and frequent) that it was a hypnagogic state.
Then again, I also see that one of the DSM criteria for night terror is that the person can't recall details of the dream or experience, which is also not the case for me. Not only could I always recall my night terrors, but they were usually one of several identical dreams. I can remember them to this day, in fact.
So, question: what would you classify something with all the other hallmarks of a night terror, but with vivid, detailed, and recurrent recollection as? An atypical night terror? Or is there room for variation?
...With a little practice, anyone can learn how to watch otherwise obscure mental processes at work; processes which, according to some investigators, take place continuously alongside our waking "rational" mental states. As well as providing some fascinating interior entertainment, familiarizing yourself with hypnagogia is probably the best and most reliable method of developing a working relationship with your unconscious mind...
... hypnagogic phenomena ... have a recognizable structure and meaning. And, like other products of the dark side of the mind, they have an intelligence that often exceeds that of the waking mind observing them....
... what we call "waking state" is really an REM dream state, with a sensory topping. Or, as Ouspensky put it, we shouldn't speak of being either asleep or awake, but of "sleep plus waking state."
... the hypnagogic state is profoundly 'autosymbolic', i.e. that the symbols and images produced represent either the thoughts or the physical or mental state of the hypnagogist.
... the conditions necessary to produce autosymbolic phenomena were "drowsiness and an effort to think", something familiar to most of us from our school days. The struggle of these two "antagonistic elements" elicits the autosymbolic response.
... Our inner world of dreams and visions comes before the outer one of sensory stimuli, something the poets have always known.
...the psychologist Andreas Mavromatis, who in 1987 published Hypnagogia, an exhaustively researched and deeply pondered exploration of all aspects of the experience. Mavromatis links hypnagogia to dreams, schizophrenia, creativity, meditation, mystical experience, and, most strikingly, paranormal experience. ... [and] 'shared hypnagogia' ...
[H]ypnagogia originates in the subcortical structures of the 'old brain'. During hypnagogic states, the usually dominant neocortex – the evolutionarily recent and specifically 'human' part of the brain – is inhibited, and much older structures take over. Cortical activity is associated with clear, logical thought and with the perception of a well defined ‘external’ world. The older brain structures are attuned to inner experience, and to ‘pre-logical’ forms of thought using imagery, symbols and analogy. Mavromatis also remarks that the subcortical structures responsible for hypnagogic phenomena are always active, day or night...
We spend approximately 1/3 of our lives in this altered state of consciousness, and I think it’s worthy of more (open-minded) medical and scientific research.
Need for sleep is probably our most fundamental biological urge--we can't eat or reproduce without sleep, right? Sleep is the first thing on the list that needs taken care of.
Only a polysomnography test can reveal for sure what the cause is.
sleep paralysis so much, so often, for so long that it's practically just a normal part of my daily cycle. I suspect that it's actually just a normal function--as normal as any of the other things our bodies do