exploding head syndromeAre you sometimes woken by an unusually loud or frightening noise, but when you check your house or ask someone else, there’s no evidence that the noise really happened?

If so, it could be that you’ve experienced exploding head syndrome. Although it can be scary, it’s not believed to cause real physical harm.

It was first documented in 1920 by the scientist Armstrong-Jones, who described it as a ‘snapping of the brain’.

Compared to many other sleep disorders, there hasn’t been so much research into the causes or prevalence. But scientists are slowly starting to understand it better.

How common is exploding head syndrome?

In 2014, researchers in Germany reviewed multiple cases and previous research, with some interesting findings:

  • The average age of onset is 54
  • More women report experiencing it than men
  • The average frequency of attacks is between once a day and once a week
  • The most common symptoms are noise, fear and sudden sensations of light

Many young people experience it

Researchers at Washington State University in 2015 found that many young people also experience exploding head syndrome.

And their research provided some different insights:

  • 18% of the 211 undergraduates they interviewed had experienced it in their lifetime
  • 16.60% experienced it on a regular basis
  • There was no difference in how often men and women have it
  • 2.8% had clinically significant levels of distress or reduced ability to function

The differences in results could be explained by how the research was conducted. Perhaps more women have it later in life, but an equal number of men and women when younger.

It doesn’t cause physical harm

The name exploding head syndrome itself sounds very dramatic, but is somewhat misleading; it conjures up all kinds of horror film images.

The reality is that it’s seen by sleep experts as benign, and not usually associated with pain, even though it can be unsettling.

To understand why it has such an emotive name, let’s take a look at the symptoms.

Exploding head syndrome symptoms

There are several possible symptoms commonly reported. They can occur either when falling asleep or waking up:

1. Hearing a sudden and loud noise that isn’t real

The main symptom is the hallucination of a loud and sudden sound. It can feel like it’s coming from inside your head, somewhere in your house, or even outside.

People often describe it as one of the following:

  • The sound of an exploding bomb
  • The sound of a gunshot
  • A loud clash of cymbals
  • The sound of a door slamming
  • A rushing sound
  • People screaming or shouting
  • An electrical buzzing sound
  • Any other loud sound which can’t be described exactly

2. Seeing a flash of light

Exploding head syndrome is sometimes accompanied by a sensation of a flashing light. Like the noise though, there’s no actual light source causing it.

flash of light

3. Feeling scared, anxious or upset

People don’t usually report feeling pain with exploding head syndrome. They may describe it as painful initially, but then reveal it’s just extremely loud.

However, the sudden noise and other symptoms can be very disturbing. So it’s not uncommon to wake up feeling scared or upset by what just happened.

4. Heart palpitations and breathing difficulty

Some people report waking up with a fast or unusual heartbeat, and sometimes the feeling that it’s hard to breathe.

5. Accompanying sleep paralysis

People may experience an episode of sleep paralysis, sometimes taking the form of an out-of-body experience. In fact, researchers have found it’s more common in people who regularly have sleep paralysis.

Back in 1989, the researcher J M Pearce conducted a detailed study of 50 patients with exploding head syndrome.

He analyzed the different kinds of symptoms they experienced, which you can read about here for further information.

Poll results

I ran a poll of readers for three months to see how often they felt they experienced symptoms of exploding head syndrome.

Out of 7,752 readers who voted, a combined total of 53.5% said they experience it at least once a month. 41.9% said they experience it very rarely though.

chart showing the results of a poll about how often readers experience exploding head syndrome

Causes of exploding head syndrome

The causes of exploding head syndrome still aren’t properly understood. But several theories have been proposed:

  • A neurological condition, such as minor seizures in the temporal lobe
  • A sudden movement in inner ear parts, such as the tympanum (the eardrum), or the tensor tympani (the muscle involved in reducing sound – e.g. the sound of chewing food)
  • Related to fear, stress or anxiety
  • Calcium signaling impairment

In his study, Pearce believed it would be better to classify it along with other biological mechanisms that occur when falling asleep, such as hypnic jerks.

And in 2010, the researchers Thorpy and Plazzi also wrote that they believe exploding head syndrome is a variant of hypnic jerks. They reported that:

The EHS is a benign, usually self-limited, condition that is likely a sensory variant of the hypnic jerk. No testing or medications are necessary when the history is typical. Education and reassurance are the cornerstones of therapy. If the symptoms occur multiple times a night and cause insomnia, a hypnotic may be useful.

Treatment

Treatment options are limited due to the fact that it’s currently seen as physically harmless.

Just knowing what it is, and that you’re not the only one who has it, can be helpful. That might be reassuring enough to help you cope with it better in the future.

However, you might like to consider the following options if you remain concerned:

1. Talk to your personal doctor or physician

Speak to your doctor or physician if you’re concerned by your symptoms.

They might want to check for other causes, such as headache disorders or seizures. But they can also help reassure you that it’s harmless.

It might help to keep a sleep diary of what happened, how you felt, and what you ate or did each day. You can then show that to your doctor.

2. Medication

There’s isn’t a cure as such, but in severe cases, your doctor might prescribe a tricyclic anti-depressant or calcium channel blocker.

3. Reduce stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety can increase the frequency and intensity of some sleep disorders. If you’re under a lot of stress and/or suffer from anxiety at night, it’s a good idea to find ways to tackle it.

I highly recommend trying mindfulness techniques. And you might find it helpful to do some simple relaxation exercises in bed.

4. Practice good sleep habits

Sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and many lifestyle choices can increase the likelihood of disturbed sleep. So try to stick to a regular sleep schedule, and practice good sleep hygiene.

5. Try not to worry about your sleep

It’s important not to become anxious about falling asleep. Try not to worry that you’ll experience another episode or that something bad will happen to you.

That might be easier said than done, but some positive auto-suggestion at night can be helpful.

Your thoughts

Have you experienced exploding head syndrome? What symptoms did you have, and how did it make you feel?

Feel free to share your story and thoughts in the comments below.

1,752 thoughts on “Exploding Head Syndrome – Harmless But Disturbing”

  1. I’m usually a great sleeper. I get 7.5-8 hours usually per night. I’m 28 years old. I’m glad I came across this site as it happened to me last week where I thought one of my smart plugs that turn on my lights popped and made this very loud noise. My dog looked at me like I was crazy as he didn’t hear anything. This was around when I program my lights to turn on around 7:15 am.

    I just woke up tonight (around 5:26 am) after having a nightmare and being very stressed out in my dreams to a super loud lightbulb popping noise along with a flash of light. Scared me too much so now I can’t fall back asleep being the hypochondriac that I am.

  2. I guess mine seems so different but this is the only thing that seems to explain it. I woke because I thought I hit my head on something. It hurt! But then I realized that it hurt on the inside. I felt like a sledgehammer hit my head but only on the inside. It was loud and painful. Hmm. I guess everyone’s is different.

  3. I have been dealing with this for a while now and a few minutes ago it happened again. I have always heard the slamming of a car door outside and it happened again just now. Being my paranoid self I couldn’t help but look it up. I’m so glad to have found this I have been reading all of the stories and I am terrified. While laying in bed I am currently hearing a repeated noise of a gurgling stomach mixed with a growling sound. I can not sleep and I am afraid to. Also only last night I was laying in bed after experiencing a paranormal episode of seeing things that weren’t there, I heard a crackled voice that I made out to whisper my name and hold on the ‘e’. My name is sophie so it sounded something like “sophiiieee” if you can imagine that. It sounded almost teasingly like whatever was speaking knew I was scared already. Again I’m not sure if I’m just paranoid but I honestly don’t believe any of this is normal. I’m afraid this is going to leave me traumatized.

  4. I am so happy to have found this. I’ve been experiencing symptoms of this for around 3 years. I see a single flash of light, as the sound of an explosion occurs, and then I hear a single “goodbye” and I jump awake in complete panic and terror. It almost feels like I’m being electrocuted… I was wearing a Fitbit last time it happened and it showed my heart rate go from 58BPM to 120BPM in a matter of seconds, the first time it happened was around 2016 and I thought I was having a heart attack it was so intense. It is definitely an interesting phenomenon, and I look forward to more research on it!

    1. Ever since I have been taking Seroquel 30 years ago, I experience it at least twice a week. Clangs, loud music, screams, screeching metal sounds, someone calling my name, are just a few of the different sounds I experience. It is always accompanied by a bright light sensation, pain, feels like someone tapping on my head, and my heartbeat is very fast.

  5. I think this is happening to me. I sometimes get a big rush in my head and I jerk awake. I heard a noise, it seemed to be amplified and it felt like it was directly to my ear, but it was actually far away. Like a woman laughing or a car driving through the ice which sounded like applause.

  6. Hi, I’m so happy to have found this side although not that I recognize myself completely in these stories. Some similarities and otherwise so different. I know my triggers … stress, anxiety, stimulants as coffee and/or alcohol. I also know my best chances to avoid it … lifestyle changes…such as no coffee or alcohol after lunch hour, no exercise after midday, keeping physical and mental stress at bay. These rules have helped me over the last 30 years, but nevertheless 9 years ago, due to extreme family stress, the known symptoms came over me like a storm … no sleeping due to Hypnic jerks through my body until the early morning hours when I finally would fall asleep. Sleep deprivation went on for weeks and I was put on a medicine Rivotril (a benzodiazepine) to kill the beast. This medication is given for epileptic seizures (which I don’t have) but as well for muscle relaxation. It has helped me but since I’m on this medication for 9 years my body is so used to the dose that its effect is gone and the next episode of stress will bring on all the symptoms. (I refuse to take more than 0,5 mg). Where I don’t recognize myself with what I read is the exploding head noise, mine goes with little noise, such as a crack of the door, the click of noise my partner makes by switching off the light …gives me an uncontrollable injection of adrenaline?/ cortisol? release through my body which causes the body jerk, being fully awake until dozing off till the next jerk, heart palpitations, sweating. It will take about a week to 10 days to find the rhythm of falling asleep without this anxiety. Is anyone out there that would have these symptoms and what you would advise me? Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

    1. Hi. I had a similar experience. Same sound of a door closing – sounds very close by yet I wake and nobody there. Sometimes at the same time of day. Definitely in a time of stress right now so I’m thinking maybe I am dreaming it.

      1. I have been experiencing the same thing alone with spiritual sensitivity lately it really freaks me out and I want it to stop but it wont

  7. Last night I awoke to the sound of a man’s scream. I felt something bad was happening but realized it was nothing as this has happened to me before. It took me about 15 minutes to go back to sleep. It’s usually a women’s voice like my mother or my sister desperately shouting my name like something terrible is happening and they need me. Those kind are more disturbing. I’ve had these throughout my adult life but not often. When I was a child and young adult I would often dream I would stumble or trip and wake up startled trying to avoid the fall. Those would always happen when I would first start to fall asleep.

  8. I’ve experienced the noise of a gun or loud knock for several years. I’m 75 now and it’s very unsettling. I do fall asleep shortly after when I realize nothing real caused it.

  9. It is 6:02 AZ time. At 5:30am there was a flash of light with flash bang right in my face it just woke me up. It scared the heck out me. It is the first time it has happened but I am under a huge amount of stress and my younger brother recently passed. I don’t sleep much anyway. Not painful just scary. I am 57 it’s never happened before I hope it’s a one time occurrence. Thank you for this site. I know I am not crazy.

  10. I experience this when just falling asleep it’s a really loud explosion like a bomb going off &it lights up the Bedroom I then get headache & it takes me a while to get back to sleep because I am scared it will happen again.I am suffering with an ear infection so that could have caused it but this is not the first time.It is reassuring to know I am not the only one who experience this …

  11. I was just falling asleep, when I heard someone call my name very loudly in my ear. I was so convinced I had heard it I called my husband who was still up watching TV, he said no, he hadn’t heard anything. Left me feeling shaken.

  12. Hi. I have been having this EHS for years.
    I did not know what it was. This morning I was half sleep half woke ( drifting to sleep I guess) . It seemed as though i say a line of thin lights falling from the ceiling and as they fell ,they fell on me and i felt in my body a jerk. Then woke up.

    There was a time i was sleep some years ago i saw someone point a gun at me and i heard it shoot. I jumped in my dream to dodge the bullet. I was sleep mind you but my body I fell off the bed into the floor for real. That was so weird. But I dodged the bullet in my dream but in my women state I feel off the bed like I was dodging a bullet.

    I hear pops, or gunshots a lit in my head and it wakes me .

    I happened to come across this article this morning.

    It was very helpful. Thank you.

    And I do see that many people have this too.
    Blessings to everyone in Jesus name.

  13. A few years ago I was just drifting off while watching TV and jumped out of my skin when I heard what I can only explain as a very loud crackle like an electrical explosion. I was alone and check the rooms around me even though I knew it was in my head but had to check. Thank goodness for google, it provided much reassurance.
    Last night and after a stressful couple of days I was drifting off in bed with the TV on and heard 3 loud bangs like someone hitting a saucepan with a metal soon. I convinced myself it must have been on the TV until it happened again shortly afterwards it’s then that I thought I wonder if it’s exploding head syndrome so advised my brother earlier today incase anything happens to me so it was a relief to read this eve that others hear banging pans too. I have never been diagnosed with titinus but believe I have had it off and on since childhood, I’ve a feint hissing going on as I type this. I’ve never discussed it with a doctor.

  14. Last night at 3am I awoke to what I thought was a gunshot in my home. I awoke saying “Oh my God”! My husband awoke and just looked at me because everything was ok. I was terrified because I thought someone was in our home and fired a gun. After a several seconds. I realized nothing had happened. Our dogs were not barking. The house was fine. My heart was pounding and I was breathing fast. My husband held me and told me everything was ok. I have had in the past where I awoke to someone yelling my name very loud. But, I never gave it much thought. The gun shot prompted me to Google, hence finding this article. I plan to talk to my Dr about this. I do suffer from insomnia and I am 43.

  15. The first time it happened a few years ago, I thought my pot rack in the kitchen had fallen. Naturally, I got up and checked the house and found nothing out of place. This happened on a few other occasions. Then it stopped. But I had severe pain in my head, throbbing nonstop. I had not experienced it in a few years until last week when I heard a different loud noise sounding as if coming from my bathroom. I knew there was nothing in there to cause the noise and knew it was that old head noise visiting me once again. I’m relieved to know that I am not the only one to experience it but it is difficult to believe that there is not some underlying problem. I hope research will be done to try to find more information about the cause.

  16. I’m 75 and two nights ago at 4:30 am I heard a really, really loud bang inside my head. It jolted me awake immediately. I though I was hit on the head with a sledge hammer or maybe a high powered gun exploding my head. My first thoughts were “what the hell”. I was completely awake instantly. My vision was clear and my heart rate seemed normal. This scared the crape out of me and I though I must have had a stroke or something similar. I thought maybe I was dead or would be soon. This happened several times 2-3 years ago but was accompied with a electrical snap prior to the bang. Just found out about EHS today.

  17. Woke up at 3:35am from a very loud noise that seem to have originated directly above or inside my head that sounded like a deep strong buzzing sound , like that of a giant bee. I immediately woke up and was frightened because ai first thought an insect was near my head. But the sound was far too loud for that. Afterwards I could still hear crackling sounds in my brain as if something is moving or as if bones are cracking. I know that I was in the dreaming state as I was annoyed that I was jolted out of it despite that I could not remember what the dream was about. But I know it wasn’t a nightmare, but rather something uneventful really. I know that I had a similar thing before once but it wasn’t as loud as this time.?

  18. While attempting to slow down my car for a car in front of me at the stop sign, I sensed a loud sound and a glow of ball of light. I thought my car was burning. The loud sound felt like an exploding bomb and was accompanied by a jerk feeling of shock. It felt scary, but my car was intact and I was still able to continue on my trip. What could this be?

  19. I keep waking up to the sound of someone banging on my front door..like two or three very strong loud knocks almost like a banging..I live in a tiny house I’ve built an my bed is right by the door. I open the door the moment it yanks me out of a deep sleep but there’s never anyone there..This has happened to me about 9 times now in the past two months. Its very unnerving. .any where from 5am to 8 am sometimes 3 am..

  20. I keep being woken by beams of light and the sound of clashing metal I just googled it and found this thank god im not on own. I have sleep paralysis and have lucid dreams a lot too arg

  21. I have been woken up twice in less than a month by a loud scream in my ear. I don’t get the palpitations or the panic attacks that others do but it is definitely disconcerting. Both times it has happened in the morning but not as I’m waking up. I’m in deep sleep so that’s different from what others describe. I’m 42 and this is the first time I have experienced anything like this.

  22. I woke up to what I thought was the sound of a bag popping in my head. Freaked me out. It’s been a couple hours later and I still can’t atop thinking about it. I do suffer from anxiety which doesn’t help this feeling. And I am not the best sleeper to begin with but that popping sound is scary.

  23. This has now happen to me 3 times now. I hear an extremely loud noise it literally makes me jump out of bed with my heart racing and running in the direction of the sound. This time it sounded like a loud helicopter that was about to crash into something outside but the helicopter was extremely close like right next to me. Wake up in a panick and nothing is there. One out of the 3 times this has happened I woke up to a sound of a loud bomb then moments later a shelf in the house came down. It was like I heard the noice before it happened.

    1. Thank you for this article. I was half asleep and exhausted at 4 am and trying to fall back asleep. When, all of a sudden, I hear a distinct sound of a crowd of people shouting; almost as if waiting for a performer at a concert to begin entertaining. Such as a WHOO-ing sound, except it was stretched. I wasn’t freaked out as I immediately got up, out of bed and went to investigate. The noise sounded like it came from a few feet in front of my bed. My sister and I have separate rooms but my door leads straight into hers. I thought my sister’s laptop was on as she slept but then, I saw her computer was closed. Then I saw my laptop next to me but saw it was not charged. Then, I searched and found this article. Strange but I have been extremely stressed and have anxiety. Plus, my sleeping habits have been irregular since I was a teenager. Realize again that I really need to set a proper sleeping pattern for myself.

  24. For me it’s like a really long buzz or a current. It keeps going and it’s all I can hear but even though it happens just as I’m starting to sleep it goes on even when I’ve woken up. It also makes me see like a blue or white light. It paralyzes me until the humming dies down then my vision is swimming with color for the next minute or two.

  25. When falling asleep I hear ringing various other noises and get vivid pictures or things happening really random things my heart rate goes and eyes feel like there rolling back in to my head whilst trying to come round, it’s stopping me falling asleep and has only just started happening every night this past week

  26. I experience this regularly, usually the sound of a loud bang or a door slam. Last night was THE most horrifying experience to date. I heard a woman laughing very ominously accompanied by a whooshing (like being pressed up against a fan or engine or something).
    It was very disconcerting, accompanied by sleep paralysis and my heart racing. I had the intense feeling that I was perhaps losing my mind, and tried to say something to my husband, but couldn’t get out any words… I have been immensely stressed out at work, and have noted that this usually happens more often when im exhausted and/or stressed out.

  27. I’ve experienced this at age 15 now im 26 and ive had a total of maybe 6 to 7 episodes. Before 5:47am currently, iv2 had about 4. And it’s when I try to go to sleep I feel stuck numb can’t talk nor breathe. Before these I had one when I had just dozed off and my fan was on high, sound got louder and louder and I’d try moving my toes and they got tingly?… I than turned my fan off laid back down and that’s when the 4 episodes began when I’d try to doze off. It scares me more and more when it happens. It’s now 5:58am and I haven’t gone to bed at all. My heart is steadily racing. Sometimetimes I feel like I’m pressed to my mattress but there was one time I felt like I was floating up mind u I was Semi awake but everything was blurred til 4 to 5 seconds and I snapped back and was very startled. Wiahbi had answers. This so called “sleep paralysis”sucks
    Along with the exploding head syndrome.
    It’s depressing very DEPRESSING

      1. Does anyone in this forum also get migraines? I’m trying to determine if these episodes are related to more specific brain activity. I get migraines and also have experienced this scary and strange phenomenon when under stressful times but only more recently in last couple of months.

        1. Yes I am clinically diagnosed with severe migraines and this has been happening to me for a little while now. I hope it is more related to that rather than something more creepy

  28. I’m 75 years old and rarely have these attacks, but they definitely have been occurring for about five years. They began and always occur when I am in bed falling asleep. The first time that happened was about five years ago. It felt like a loud bang that sounded like a bomb had gone off, or that a huge battle gun had been shot, or that the police had busted through my front door, and finally, that we actually might have been in a war in the streets. It was shocking and extremely upsetting. I’m a severe insomniac who has been lacking sleep all of my life (since I was a young teen), and I am always fatigued to the point where I have fallen asleep standing up, or in the middle of a meal with food in my mouth, and even when I am sitting and talking to someone in person. My sleep disorders are restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea. I have been prescribed with both a face mask and with a mouth gear, but neither has stopped me from becoming breathless — or stoppage of breathing. The explosion is difficult to accept because it is so rare and hard to believe. At first, I thought that I was insane, next I thought that I was going to die, but now I realize that the explosion is in my head only and is harmless. So tonight when my body was twisted and I was jarred awake, I thought for a couple of seconds that I had another heart attack and was going to die, or that one of the aneurysms in my brain had erupted and I was going to die. But about a minute later, I knew that I had had another EHS episode. This time, my heartbeat remained calm because I told myself repeatedly that my exploding head syndrome was safe and harmless. After about 10 or 15 minutes, the symptoms vanished and I was fine. Once you conquer your fear of EHS, the explosions will never frighten you again. By Judith in Detroit

  29. I only recently learned what this was, didn’t know it had a name. Mine is always the same, like a gunshot, only one upon waking and it occurs only occasionally – mostly when napping upright. But it is startling, although I don’t feel any fear or trauma from it.

  30. So far I’ve woken up two different times to sounds no one else heard. First was the tsunami siren in my town. Tonight it was a loud electrical beep, every time I shut my eyes…until I called out my boyfriend’s name asking if he heard it,there was a louder long beep then nothing. Both times my heart was racing!

  31. I’m leaving this because I just woke up, kind of terrified, from what sounded like a combination of exploding glass, a scream, and an alarm being sounded at my head. I’m not sure what it was but it was scary waking that way. It’s the second time in a month I woke up that way. I checked on my daughter and she seemed to be briefly disturbed in her sleep as well but did not wake……. Ugh, it’s got to be my nerves. I do recall am anxiety provoked nightmare before waking (a dream where I was looking for something, searching, in a dimly lit area, and a dream about work).

  32. i get sudden jumpscares when trying to fall asleep. But sometimes, i get a superloud thing where it sounds like there is a helicopter in my room when im watching videos in bed.

    1. I get in the middle of the night: explosion, doorbell ringing or a family member calling my name. Only happens about four times a year. I awake alarmed, and usually leap out of bed and go looking round the house, thoroughly unsettled. I am a heavy sleeper usually, and manage to get back to sleep. I tend to get stressed about family problems. I found this re-assuring website looking up for a friend who heard her son calling her in the night. She suffers from anxiety.

  33. Over the last few weeks I have been woken up early in the morning by what sounds like knocking on my door ? This sound is not heard by anyone else so I know it isn’t there but it’s scary as hell.

    1. Yes! I have knocking on my door too! It’s gotten louder and louder, but this morning though, it was accompanied by a demonic roar…

  34. I’m a 16 year old girl. I was falling asleep and I had a dream I saw my grandpa he passed away like 7 years ago when I was smaller and he looked stronger and healthier in the dream and he was around my family laughing but It was only a 5 second glimpse of him then it went black and I heard screams of two women yelling no and stop for a couple seconds like they were in danger or something and then at the end of the screaming there was big thump like someone fell down the stairs or something exploded idk. And I remembered right after the black out I was having a physical panic attack and I woke up n couldn’t breathe and was scared. Is this a vision? Because I can’t lose anymore people in my life?

    1. Hi Jay
      Although it sounds scary, I don’t personally think it was a vision of losing people. It sounds like a bad dream to me, and perhaps something that would be good to talk to your family about so you can express how it made you feel.
      Regards
      Ethan

  35. I’m typing this after I just woke up from what sounded like a fire alarm going off in my head. This has been going on for a few months now and I still get unsettled by it. Sometimes the sound will be disoriented screaming(which is the spookiest one for me) or a group of people whispering kind of like a ritual. I’ve also noticed that once I hear the noises I can no longer move my body.

    1. I’ve literally had this exact thing happen to me about 30 mins ago. I live in a college dorm, and I woke up and SWORE the fire alarm was going off, and so I got up and I was about to start evacuating when I realized that literally no one else had heard it. Even my roommate looked at me like I was crazy.

    2. Omg!!! Wtf is in our heads?? I was literally awake trying to sleep. In the first occurrence, I thought I was hearing screams and the 2nd occurrence happened as I was falling asleep. I saw a blurry vision, felt paralyzed and kept hearing loud hammering bangs. I started praying it away!! I have a lot of stress and anxiety and this started after my car accident which was very traumatic for me. I moved my kid and myself away from the room into my sister’s and looked it up. This is crazy.

  36. Wow this had been happening to me for a while now, it got really weird last night though…sounded like a loud buzz then a stove clicking to turn on then a zap of like electric followed by me feeling paralyzed and gasping for air….I dont like it. I only got 3 hours of sleep now…im scared to go back to sleep.

  37. I have been suddenly awakened from sound sleep by different sounds, very loud and clear – sometimes a bell. Sometimes a deep whistle. Once it was a very deep male voice right in my ear accompanied by a breeze across my face like someone blowing breath on me. Years ago I was awakened 2 nights in a row by what sounded like a huge door slamming shut. I woke my husband but he did not hear the sound. The 3rd night we had just gone to bed and as soon as we turned out the light something slammed the dresser in our room really hard. We were both awake when it happened and it scared us pretty good.

  38. I’ve just recently started experiencing this. I feel like I’m in some sort of purgatory between sleep and awake. I hear people yelling at me, sometimes my name. It starts off quiet but quickly gets closer like a crowd running at me. I feel a strange jerk near the bottom of the back of my head and I violently wake up like I had a nightmare and become very anxious and nauseous. Sometimes I go back to sleep and it just happens again.

  39. I have never told a soul about my head explosions! This has been happening to me since I was a young child. It’s sounds like a cannon going off in my head & then i see a gray cloud. It lasts only a moment or two & usually it’s during the day-not associated with sleeping.

  40. I have had this since childhood. The sound is either a door being slammed or magazines slapping a table. I only hear when I’ve just woken up and haven’t gotten out of bed. The sound repeats, with no apparent pattern, for about a minute. I used to get annoyed thinking someone in the house was making the noise, but now that I live alone I realized it’s not real. Now, I lie still and count how many times I hear the noise. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one.

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