I Have Hypnagogic Hallucinations

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    **Dreaming Of Bella**

    When I was a child I had been diagnosed as having night terrors. I even remember some of them. My parents would just hold me as I screamed bloody murder. There was nothing they could do but comfort me until I awoke. As a teen the nightmares turned to annoyances. I'd see giant...
    Faemoore Faemoore
    1 Response Jul 19, 2013

    Sometimes when I'm extremely tired I'll just

    drift mentally, but physically I'm awake. I'll be sitting next to a person and suddenly start talking about things that only I can see because I'm having hallucinations. I'll look wide awake and have perfect speech but I won't remember anything the next day. Almost like my mind...
    LeChatCurieux LeChatCurieux
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 18, 2015

    The Old Gray Lady

    Last night I woke up in the middle of the night seeing an old gray lady staring at me. She was standing right next to my bed, bending her head towards me. Her hair was kinda short and all messed up. She was standing there, inches away from my face! staring at me. For some reason...
    Dal98 Dal98
    Aug 25, 2013

    muffled voices murmuring clips of phrases,

    i'm seeking through my mind's talk-radio stations.
    xxyx xxyx
    3 Responses Mar 20, 2015

    I Can't Call It Sleep Paralysis Anymore

    I used to have hypnopompic sleep paralysis but since the experience has been changing I can't call it that.It inverted itself and now instead of being predominately hypnopompic, it is more often hypnagogic. The paralysis also disappeared a long time ago but I still called it...
    chrysalid chrysalid
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 4, 2012

    I hear voice while waking up in he middle of

    the night. It says something like 'uhoo' and it starts the moment I wake up and gets more rare while I'm waking up,opening my eyes and it's still there when I'm widely awake. I remember thinking clearly, thinking to myself what it can be,whether I'm really awake. then it stops...
    Rockondude Rockondude
    18-21, F
    Feb 23

    So Many People Hate It, Why?

    i noticed so many people i come across hates hypnagogia. i guess if you have scary hypnagogic hallucinations it can be unpleasant but mine isn't. i love the things i see during hypnagogia, i will take a nap in the afternoon while listening to music on low to balance my mind...
    SummerDragonfly SummerDragonfly
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 25, 2012

    Visual And Tactile

    I've had hypnagogic hallucinations my entire life (I am 31 yrs old). They are almost always a combination of visual and tactile hallucinations that can last as long as 10 seconds to 10 minutes. 90% of the time they are a terrifying image or feeling, but have on rare occasions...
    SophieCall SophieCall
    Dec 30, 2012

    Hallucinating In My Dream?

    I had a dream early this morning that I seemed to be hallucinating in really bad. It was like a bad trip. My dog was on the ceiling. There was a little boy who I didn't know who kept reappearing briefly, but not saying anything. At one point every window in my house starting...
    kendralg7 kendralg7
    2 Responses Mar 17, 2013

    I Have Dealt With Hypnagogic Hallucinations Since Age 3

    I am 30 years old and started experiencing, what I believed were night terrors, at 3 years of age.  I would go to bed at night and within 15 minutes open my eyes to an old women at the foot of my bed.  I saw the same old women for 17 years,  until I...
    sticki2000 sticki2000
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Feb 28, 2010

    Weird Bugs.

    Ok, I'll start off with I'm 13 years old and since I can remember I have Hallucinated things, most of them bugs. I really don't fear bugs while I'm awake but some nights as I'm fading into sleep I see bugs all around me and they crawl around my pillow, sometimes it's a whole mass...
    SinisterHate SinisterHate
    16-17, F
    Jun 5, 2013

    I starting having what I have read to be

    hypnagogic hallucinations a few years ago in my 30s .As I start to go to sleep I see people in my room , I always feel like im still awake and are really seeing this I will wake my husband up with my screaming heyyyyyyy to them or by trying to reach out to touch them as it seems...
    bradybum bradybum
    41-45, F
    Mar 5, 2014

    I Have What I Think Is Hypnagogic Hallucinations

    Hello, I'm a 22 year old female from Los Angeles, CA. My sleep disoder started when I was about 14 years old and has gotten progressively worse since then. My first experience is when, I remember waking up from about I wanna say 2 hours of sleep. When I woke up everything...
    CSeeber CSeeber
    22-25, F
    7 Responses Oct 27, 2009

    Closed Eye Hallucinations

    I've been having a lot recently. Last night's was especially intense.....my field of vision was lot up with bright swirling colors and the I began to see strange symbols and letters swirling around quickly as if they were going down a drain. I usually don't see symbols....the...
    Hush92 Hush92
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 4, 2013

    My Episodes

    I do not my recall my first episode-- i know they started when i was in middle school. People would watch me sleep. They used to be uncontrolable but now i know its because of lack of sleep. I've only had episodes of hearing things once or twice. There was voices talking to me...
    Plaugeofpoe Plaugeofpoe
    Nov 26, 2012

    Noctornal Schizo Or Hypnagogic Hallucinations? Could I Hurt My Kids?

    I am a 32 single mother of 4 girls and I think I've been having these hypnagogic hallucinations for over 17 years. The first episode I can remember is when I was about 14 and I woke up all of a sudden and I looked at the clock and it said exactly 12:00am I immediately saw a...
    mixedmami32 mixedmami32
    5 Responses Feb 5, 2011

    Feelings Of Impending Doom

    About a year and a half ago, I had an experience where I fell halfway asleep (It only happens to me in the early morning, I wake up briefly then fall back asleep and it happens) and I felt that something was trying to pry my hands away from my face to crawl into my mouth. It's...
    AshtrayArt AshtrayArt
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Feb 9, 2010


    I'm 22 and have always had trouble with sleep ever since i was little and can remember. I have had night mares since i was very little would wake up crying or screaming. And it just seems to have gotten worse as i got older. I am now waking up and seeing things! Like bugs...
    DreamColeman DreamColeman
    22-25, F
    Nov 6, 2012

    Trying To Figure Out A Way To Stop Them

    I have been suffering from hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations for years. My husband now pretty much just sleeps through them unless I get really loud. I have seen tons of freaky stuff. Spiders and bugs coming out of the ceiling, hundreds of ladders falling toward me (yes...
    dacosim dacosim
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Apr 19, 2011

    My Hypnagogic Experience

    After a lifetime of taking SRI medications I stopped 2 years ago and though my life features a profound sense of mental clarity, my pre-sleep is terrifying. .I have apparitions so real that I scream or leap from bed. Sometimes a person is above me looming in murderous act but...
    tillzen tillzen
    51-55, M
    1 Response Dec 29, 2012

    Ok so I have read a lot of the same stories

    that are similar to what I have experienced twice now... Long story short I wake up to the vision of a giant dark spider type creature crawling up the wall. I can see it, I'm not sleeping... Both times u jump up hysterically and reach for the light... It disappears... I...
    kjbray kjbray
    36-40, M
    May 20, 2015

    I have two , one was

    while I was fully awake and one while I was asleep One: Last night I feel asleep at about 3 , I woke up at 3:30 , when I woke up my room was trashed , which is odd cause I'm a clean freak , when I saw my clothes and trash everywhere I was so confused but I just ignored it sayin...
    Mckenzie123 Mckenzie123
    Jun 9, 2015


    Well , I've been having these Hallucinations for a few years now - usually just about twice a year. The first time I ever really experienced it was right after a dream of having my celing cave in on me.   I woke up .. stared at the celing and saw exactly what I had seen...
    faeriea faeriea
    26-30, F
    7 Responses Mar 18, 2010

    I have these hypnagogic hallucinations.

    They scare the living hell out of me. They usually either happen as I fall asleep or as I'm waking up in the morning. And its weird because im surrounded but the same stuff its like everything around me is the same but then there are the hallucinations. One time it was like...
    angelbabe476 angelbabe476
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 21, 2014

    Coco Pops Induced Hypnogogic?

    I was falling asleep on the loungeroom floor, when I could hear noises in my backyard. It would jolt me out of my sleep, but then I could hear it again. I tried to ignore it and sleep, but it kept causing me to jump. It sounded like children were running up and down this path...
    Tippitoe Tippitoe
    22-25, F
    Dec 4, 2012

    Only Hallucinated A Few Times But Can'T Seem To Get It Off My Mind

    First off, I've only had two hallucinations in my life. Each time was at a friends house. The first time I woke up and thought I saw a huge snake slithering across my friend's computer monitor. I called her name and told her in fear that there was a huge snake on her computer (my...
    krsticar krsticar
    1 Response May 11, 2013

    Ok, I've had weird dreams all my life

    and I always found them very entertaining but the sh*t I dreamed about last night really takes the cake, by a very long shot. It was like a really bad trip. I was in my bedroom and I woke up in the dream. I was all confused and stumbled out of bed and fell on the floor...
    Marksthespot Marksthespot
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Sep 8, 2015

    I know mine is verryy weird.

    So one night, I was sleeping. And then I had a dream. Probably, some fantasy or something. I don't remember. Hey! I was 12 back then. So to continue. After that dream, there goes another. I scary one. I don't remember much of it. But I remember something chasing me. So I...
    RumaMei RumaMei
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 25, 2015

    Does Anyone Else Think This Is Some Sort Of Enlightened State?

    I have always seen things when I am falling asleep. I remember always seeing bugs on my pillow and in my bed as a child. I always feel/think I am seeing figures in darkened rooms. I am now almost 30 and I don't really see anything 'scary' anymore. I see ppl that I don't know but...
    rainbowsparkles rainbowsparkles
    Feb 6, 2013

    Deciphering Real From Hallucination

    I used to only have hallucinations where I was lying down and something scary (like a murderer pushing through the couch cushions to get me) would make me get up and run away, but lately I have been having full on hallucinations where I'm functioning and can't tell what's dream...
    meganraeee meganraeee
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 4, 2012

    The same one keeps happening three times now.

    Right as I'm about to fall asleep, open my eyes and there's this black shadow figure of a person standing by the bed next to me waving something that looks like rolled up wire mesh or something in my face. And it doesn't always go away right away when I blink, but a few more...
    cantsleep42 cantsleep42
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 4, 2014

    Have You Ever Had A Terrible Dream, Wake Up Acting It Out And It Actually Feeling Painful?

    Sometimes I will have dreams that I'm being chased, or punched or someones trying to steal  my niece or nephew. Last night I had a dream that a good friend of mine died from a flight of stairs that started to collapse as he was walking up them..all the while rats started eating...
    ositamon ositamon
    1 Response Sep 2, 2011

    Hypnopompic Hallucinations

    It has been many years since I have had a "visit" when I awoke from a short sleep.  Last night a young girl or boy was at the foot of my bed in a halloween mask.  I felt completely awake and sure of my surroundings.   I did not feel any fear, but could not shake...
    earlemail earlemail
    Jun 1, 2010

    2nd Nightmare In A Month

    Tonight i had the 2nd of what im assuming is a hypnagogic hallucination. Maybe someone here can confirm. Ill start off by telling you im a 28 year old United States Marine, and these 2 experiences have terrified me more than anything iv ever experienced. #1(tonight): I woke up...
    lostmyshades lostmyshades
    26-30, M
    1 Response Jul 29, 2012

    Night Time Panic

    I have only just come across the term "hypnagogic Hallucinations" and I believe they are what I have. Alot of the stories I am reading on here are fairly similar to my experiences. I can go for months and months without having an 'episode' and then I will have a few weeks when I...
    Plim100 Plim100
    26-30, F
    Dec 3, 2012

    I Have These Hallucinations About Every Other Night...

    When I was about 14 I would wake up hearing a radio. I would go to mine and it would be off. That happened every few months. Then around age 20I started sleep walking. Eating in my sleep thinking my roomie ate all my ben and jerries ice cream where in reality, it was me! Then...
    ositamon ositamon
    1 Response Sep 2, 2011

    Hypnagogia??? (possibly Caused By Shrooms)

    I am an 18 year old senior in high-school. I am a smart kid (I scored a 2020 on my SATs) so mental issues are really scary to me. I drink occasionally and have smoked marijuana a few times but not very often. Until now I’ve had great balance in my life. I think about...
    graymond1414 graymond1414
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Mar 2, 2012

    Most of the time, I just see bugs

    and can cope pretty well. A couple of times I have attacked my husband trying to get bugs off him or pull him out of the bed from fear of something attacking us. Sometimes, I see things coming out of the wall. Once, getting away, I fell and hit the wrought iron foot board and...
    Dramabrie85 Dramabrie85
    31-35, F
    Jul 17, 2015

    My Hypnogogic Hallucinations Are A Little Different...?

    Reading everybody else's stories I'm beginning to wonder if I have something different? Well these are my stories: I can't remember but I think this has been going on for 2 years, so when I was 14. The first time I was sleeping and woke up to see a shadow of a spider on my...
    22rico 22rico
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Aug 19, 2013

    I Think I Have Hypnagogic Hallucinations

    I am a 14 year old girl and for the past year or so, I have been experiencing what I think is hypnagogia. The first one I had was about a year ago, and I "woke up" in my room. Everything was totally normal and as I had left it. But it wasn't right. I could feel pressure in the...
    LyssaLu6 LyssaLu6
    1 Response Oct 24, 2012

    Frequent and Often Annoying

    I have been having hallucinations as I drift off to sleep for a couple years now.  The first major one I can remember was when the last Harry Potter book came out.  We were out all night at the book release party and got our books at midnight.  When we got home, we...
    HGolightly HGolightly
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jul 27, 2009


    Okay, so I am 14 years old and I have been experiencing these hallucinations through out the course of the last year or so. A while back, I had an awful hallucination of a huge bug hovering over my face. I screamed and my parents came running in to my room. This happened every so...
    Babysiii Babysiii
    16-17, F
    May 16, 2013
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