I’ve noticed that while I’m drifting off to sleep, I’ll think a normal thought and then I’ll drift into another thought that doesn’t make sense. Like, last night I had the thought, “I should try and water the plants with soda because they’ll like it more.” After I thought that, my brain went, “Wait- what the fuck kind of thought was that?” Then I stayed awake a little longer trying to remember how I got to that thought. And again, while falling asleep, I drifted into another weird thought. The cycle repeats itself over and over again. This happens to me all the time BUT WHAT IS IT AM I CRAZY AM I BEING HAUNTED?
Hypnagogic hallucinations are often auditory or have an auditory component. Like the visuals, hypnagogic sounds vary in intensity from faint impressions to loud noises, such as crashes and bangs (exploding head syndrome). People may imagine their own name called or a doorbell ringing. Snatches of imagined speech are common. While typically nonsensical and fragmented, these speech events can occasionally strike the individual as apt comments on—or summations of—their thoughts at the time. They often contain word play, neologisms and made-up names. Hypnagogic speech may manifest as the subject’s own “inner voice”, or as the voices of others: familiar people or strangers.
Thought processes on the edge of sleep tend to differ radically from those of ordinary wakefulness. Hypnagogia may involve a “loosening of ego boundaries … openness, sensitivity, internalization-subjectification of the physical and mental environment (empathy) and diffuse-absorbed attention.” Hypnagogic cognition, in comparison with that of normal, alert wakefulness, is characterized by heightened suggestibility, illogic and a fluid association of ideas. Subjects are more receptive in the hypnagogic state to suggestion from an experimenter than at other times, and readily incorporate external stimuli into hypnagogic trains of thought and subsequent dreams. This receptivity has a physiological parallel; EEG readings show elevated responsiveness to sound around the onset of sleep.
SHIT! LOOKS LIKE I’M NORMAL, Y’ALL.