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Hypnagogia: Strange Trance-Like State That Unlocks The Door To Your Inner Self

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Hypnagogia is the experience of the transitional state between wakefulness and sleeps in humans.

The hypnagogic is the state of consciousness, during the onset of sleep. Mental phenomena that occur during this “threshold consciousness” phase include lucid thought, lucid dreaming, hallucinations, and sleep paralysis.

Hypnagogia can include a mesmerizing array of visions, sounds, bodily sensations and insights as you sail through the borderland sleep-wake state. The hypnagogic state is by no means limited to visuals. The person may hear sounds that are not there and see visual hallucinations. These visual and auditory images are very vivid and may be bizarre or disturbing.


The type of Hypnagogia you experience can vary. It depends on whether you are primarily a visual (image-oriented), auditory (sound-oriented), or kinesthetic (physically-oriented) person.

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.


These are rather occasional in occurrences. The intensity can vary greatly, from faint impressions to loud buzzing noises. It may also include repetition of names and words.

Repetitive actions:

If you’ve been doing something constantly in your real life, it is likely to occur in a repetitive way in your dreams too. It could be anything like working, walking, playing a particular sport etc. This type is also known as Tetris effect.

Physical sensations:

At least once in our life, we all have experienced the dream of falling or our leaving our body. It is this type of Hypnagogia.

Mental processes:

These are the thoughts that find your way into dreams while you’re at the edge of falling asleep. These are unusual in nature and are not influenced by your ego.

Sleep paralysis:

This might be the most horrific kind of Hypnagogia. Both lucid dreamers and regular dreamers can experience this. Sleep paralysis can be accompanied by loud humming, roaring and buzzing noises (just like OBEs) and in severe cases includes visual hallucinations. This involves the sensation of being paralyzed.  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.

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