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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Why Some People Hear Loud Noises While Trying To Fall Asleep

 Why Some People Hear Loud Noises While Trying To Fall Asleep

 Have you ever experienced hearing a loud, explosive noise — of  volatility thunder, gunshots, a bomb going off, a car backfiring, or a fire truck blaring past — just as you were beginning to doze off? If the sounds were imaginary — basically, they never existed or nobody other than yourself heard them — you may have experienced what is known as “exploding head syndrome,” or simply, EHS.

Interestingly, the explosive noises may also be  go with by muscle twitches and flashes of light. But unlike what its name suggests — and  in spite of how harrowing the experience sounds — EHS doesn’t actually cause people’s heads to explode. It’s a sleep disorder that is, in fact, it’s not even physically painful or life-threatening.

However, as one can possibly imagine, hearing sudden loud noises amid the silence of the night is a recipe for distress — naturally, then, it can induce panic or fear in people experiencing it. It disturbs their sleep, too, of course — forcing them to battle through fatigue during the day. As such, it can be a rather draining experience, leaving people with little energy to glide through the day.

The frequency of EHS episodes one experiences, though, can vary from person to person. Some people may have to deal with a swarm of episodes in one night while some experience them only once in a while; some others yet may deal with frequent episodes after a long, long period of inactivity. Past research suggests that among people with EHS, around 3-6% deal with at least one episode a month.

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