Exploring Your Hypnagogia: A Magical State Just Before You Fall Asleep
HYPNAGOGIA: A ROLLER COASTER JOURNEY FROM WAKEFULNESS TO SLEEP
Hypnagogia is that minute gap of consciousness between wakefulness and falling sleep and vice versa. Isn’t it incredible to find yourself stuck in a gap where you could hear white noises, that just get louder with time. Hypnagogic states are mostly responsible for all the paranormal-esque things like foreign abductions etc.
And it’s possible that you might dive into your weird dreams that give you some insight into the workings of the brain and your body’s sleep or wake cycle.
Such phenomena is not mysterious, they have a logical scientific explanation behind them. But it is fascinating!
Let’s get to know Hypnagogia closely by reading the below article.
Hypnagogia is the collective term for the hallucinations (sights, sounds and other sensations) we experience during the transition between wakefulness and sleep.
It occurs at the threshold of consciousness, and can be responsible for the onset of lucid dreams, hallucinations, out of body experiences and sleep paralysis.
What is Hypnagogia Like?
Like dreams, hypnagogic hallucinations can be quite surprising in nature. They are even responsible for apparent paranormal events like sleep paralysis, out of body experiences, alien abductions, night time visitations, and other ghostly encounters.
Here are some of the most common types of hypnagogic hallucinations you will probably have experienced yourself at some time:
The beginnings of visual hallucinations occur as phosphenes – seemingly random speckles, lines or geometric patterns that may float around or remain still behind your closed eyelids.
When deeply immersed, you can control these patterns at will. To do this, just focus on changing the direction of the lines. Then mentally demand specific shapes and movements.
Occasionally you will experience auditory hallucinations during hypnagogia.
The intensity can vary greatly, from faint impressions to loud buzzing noises frequently reported at the onset of an OBE.
The Tetris Effect
This is a truly bizarre feature of hypnagogia, where you feel the sensation of acting out a repetitive activity from the day before. When I was younger I worked on a supermarket checkout. After a long shift, I had the frustrating sensation that I was scanning food items over and over in my hypnagogic state. Sometimes I even moved my arms like this in my semi-sleep state.
Although unusual, both lucid dreamers and regular dreamers can experience sleep paralysis at any time on the verge of sleep.
This involves the sensation of being paralyzed (though really we are all paralyzed as we sleep at night to prevent us acting out our dreams). This natural bodily process is called REM atonia. In this instance, however, you become aware of the paralysis. The phenomenon usually passes in a few seconds or minutes as you return to full wakefulness or deepen the sensation and step your mind into a lucid dream.
Why Observe My Hypnagogia?
If you’re reading this page and wondering what the heck I’m on about, then you probably always fall asleep before the onset of your hypnagogia. It can be helpful to consciously and deliberately induce the hypnagogic state for two reasons:
Meditation. Learning to meditate is a key part of lucid dreaming. It trains your brain to stay conscious and focused even when your body is deeply relaxed, and this is a great primer for lucidity.
Wake Induced Lucid Dreams and OBEs. One step beyond this is to induce a lucid dream from a meditative state. This is essentially what a Wake Induced Lucid Dream is – also known as an Out of Body Experience – although I’ll leave the exact interpretation of events up to you.
How to Induce Conscious Hypnagogia
First, go to bed at your usual time and relax. This will bring on the hypnagogic state, provided you don’t fall asleep first.
If you do feel the paralysis moving up your body, just go with it deeper, and start to visualize your next lucid dream.
If you lay still for about 20-30 minutes and still can’t see any blobs of color or twinkling lights, then your brain is probably too active and alert to sleep. Try listening to brainwave entrainment.
See the entire information at World of lucid dreaming