apoppop Posted June 23, 2010 Share Posted June 23, 2010 Over the last 6 months or so I have been suffering from increasingly frequent, and more severe hypnopompic hallucinations. I have read that they are "normal", and I can buy that it is normal to have the occasional hypnopompic hallucination. However mine escalated to the point where I usually got at least 2-3 each night and often 5-6 or more every night/morning. I always know that they are not real (although they can still sometimes scare the **** out of me and make me scream etc). Often when I wake up, I conciously think "I'll have a look and see if there is anything there..." I open my eyes and often there is something, this way I am prepared for it and it is less likely to scare me. If I am sleeping in and lying in bed half-awake, I may keep seeing things each time I roll over/open my eyes. Typically I see spiders or weird bugs, bizzare shapes, sometimes strange animal things and weird objects. I do also see things when I am lying awake in bed, staring at the ceiling and feel wide awake (I get insomnia), however these are normally just coloured things which I think are similar to what people can get with migraines. It is only when I started to get the hypnopompic hallucinations that I really felt these coloured things were definitely hallucinations as I have seen the coloured things do totally bizzare stuff when I wake up that is obviously a hallucination. The coloured things are unique in that closing my eyes often does not get rid of them (can be very annoying when I am trying to sleep!) I have eliminated medications etc as the root cause of these hallucinations. I have been given zyprexa to help with these hallucinations. I took it for a short time and whilst it did not work immediately it did reduce them to almost nothing. However after concerns about side effects I stopped taking them a short while ago and they are coming back again though not yet to nearly the same frequency/level as before. I am wondering if my hallucinations can really be considered something a "normal" person would experience? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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