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Hypnagogic Hallucinations

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J_Taim

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Hello everyone,
I have a question. I´m diagnosed with Depression and anxiety Disorder. I am being extremely sleepy lately and sleep a lot. When falling asleep i get hypnagogic Hallucinations (mostly friends of mine talking). They are pretty terrifying to me. I already did some research, but all I´m reading is that it´s mostly caused be a lack of sleep (which can´t be the cause, because I sleep between 8 and 12 hours a day). I´d just like to know if that's a normal thing or if i should go see a doctor.
 
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It's perfectly normal to have these hallucinations when we are falling asleep or waking out of sleep. I discussed this at one point with my then Psychiatrist and that was what he told me. Nothing to worry about.
 
Wishbone

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This is what I had, though it wasn't auditory it was visual (patterns, rapid images etc). I don't seem to have those anymore but I do wonder about the tactile one as I always feel like things are crawling on me when I get into bed.

Do you speak to friends a lot on the phone?
 
Avolitionist

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Not only is it normal, it supposedly happens more often as we age.

Sorry to know it causes anxiety. Nothing to fear. :hug:
 
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I’ve experienced this, but upon waking up in sleep paralysis. I’m sorry it’s terrifying! I hope you get some relief from it soon. When it happens, are you awake enough to remind yourself that it’s just a hallucination?
 

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