“Exploding head Head Syndrome’ is a Cacophony of Imagined Sounds that are as Real as You and Me, Study

A massive explosion, the sound of a  piano crashing down from a great depth, or even the sound of a huge guitar string snapping–just as you are about to fall asleep, you can hear these sounds exploding on your head.

The sounds are actually auditory sleep hallucinations triggered by “exploding head syndrome.” Therefore, the sounds are non-existent.  Exploding head syndrome is an ailment that is rarer than formerly expected, this syndrome is a new study published in the Journal of Sleep Research.

An experimental interview of about more than 200 students of Washington State University has discovered that approximately one in five students studying at the university experienced mental sensations such as hearing rapid, loud noises at least once.

Study writer Brian Sharpless, executive of Washington State University psychology clinic says, “This is obviously very troubling when you are sleeping but it’s not dangerous.”

He added, “In most cases, it’s nothing to worry about.”

Sharpless states that the ailment can cause a huge impact on people who often experience the hallucinations, making them afraid of going to sleep.  Researchers believe that an eruption of motion in the auditory neurons when the brain is asleep causes “exploding head syndrome.”

Sharpless linked the syndrome to another sleeping disorder called “sleep paralysis”, this is a state where in a person can see illusions and is mentally awake but cannot move.

According to Sharpless, co-author of the upcoming book “Sleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological, and Medical Perspectives, people who suffer from insomnia are more likely to experience both occurrences.




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