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(BBC)   Weird things people do in their sleep. Bonus: Exploding head syndrome   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 82
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2013-08-01 01:26:37 PM  
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2013-08-01 02:33:06 PM  
Hmm.  I never knew it had a name, but I've had that exploding head thing for a long time.  I just assumed it was a pinched nerve or something like that.  It's disconcerting, but does no permanent harm... meh.
 
2013-08-01 04:25:43 PM  
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2013-08-01 04:25:53 PM  
I didn't know there was a name for that but it happened to me all the time for several years. I would hear this loud boom and then wake right up.
 
2013-08-01 04:27:55 PM  
Happens to me all the time, too.

What I hear is more of a gunshot/door slamming type of noise, though.

Startles me, but I can usually fall asleep again within a minute or so.
 
2013-08-01 04:28:06 PM  

Mirrorz: I didn't know there was a name for that but it happened to me all the time for several years. I would hear this loud boom and then wake right up.


reillan: Hmm.  I never knew it had a name, but I've had that exploding head thing for a long time.  I just assumed it was a pinched nerve or something like that.  It's disconcerting, but does no permanent harm... meh.


As long as you are shooting back right away, you'll be fine.
Would you like to reschedule for next week?
 
2013-08-01 04:28:35 PM  
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2013-08-01 04:28:42 PM  

FarkingReading: Happens to me all the time, too.

What I hear is more of a gunshot/door slamming type of noise, though.

Startles me, but I can usually fall asleep again within a minute or so.


I can fit you in on the 22nd
 
2013-08-01 04:29:25 PM  
Does exploding diarrhea count?
/That's always farking fun.
 
2013-08-01 04:29:35 PM  
I have RLS and it sucks.. Not for me but for my fiance. She's videoed me in the middle of night kicking like a damn mule. So even though I've spent my life drug free because pharmas scare the shiat out of me I start to take this drug that abates RLS. About a week into it I get up in the middle of the night and face the wall to take a leak. Fiance wakes me up before I let loose I suppose because the wall and floor were still dry.

Side effect of drug: Sleepwalking.

fark that.. I'll kick some. I just consider it exercise. I probably shed 1000 calories a night.
 
2013-08-01 04:33:01 PM  

Mirrorz: I didn't know there was a name for that but it happened to me all the time for several years. I would hear this loud boom and then wake right up.


Wow.  Me too.  Its rare, but I totally know what you mean.  Its scary.
 
2013-08-01 04:37:51 PM  
The exploding head thing has only happened once, at the time I put it down to stress, as it was just before my finals at Uni. It freaked me the Fark out.
 
2013-08-01 04:38:07 PM  

bonzeemer: Does exploding diarrhea count?
/That's always farking fun.


Nothing more epic than shiatting the bed after a hard night of drinking...
 
2013-08-01 04:40:42 PM  
I'm pretty sure my wife is asleep during sex... or dead
 
2013-08-01 04:41:12 PM  
Exploding head is a fun one.

Right as you're about to fall asleep: BAM.
 
2013-08-01 04:43:10 PM  
I'm the king of all sleepwalkers.  I once was awakened by staff in a hotel lobby in Whistler wearing nothing but my boxer shorts.  Happens occasionally in my own home as well, but it seems to happen most when I sleep in places I'm not used to.  If I'm on vacation somewhere I usually try to block the door before going to sleep and hope there's no fire.

/living the dream
 
2013-08-01 04:44:08 PM  
FTA: "Sexsomnia"

Is that like sexlexia?

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2013-08-01 04:45:38 PM  
I used to have a sleep walking thing where I'd stumble to the bathroom, sometimes take a leak in the closet.

Then I stopped drinking. I actually regain consciousness when I have to pee now.
 
2013-08-01 04:48:42 PM  
Happens to me about twice a year as well. It sounds like a door slamming down the hall and based on the posts above, it's hard to imagine it's as rare as TFA would indicate.


FTA : They (the sleep events) can be as small as opening your eyes while asleep

For some reason the thought of that creeped me right the hell out.

It's so unwholesome.
 
2013-08-01 04:50:02 PM  
Kennedy wasn't shot, his head just... did that.
 
2013-08-01 04:51:10 PM  
Exploding head in sleep?  The circumcision thread is a few links down.
 
2013-08-01 04:52:30 PM  
I totally have that.
 
2013-08-01 04:52:57 PM  
I don't have RLS, but I wake up occasionally to a charlie horse. God damn, that's a helluva wake up call. I'm not sure if exploding head syndrome is any better.
 
2013-08-01 04:55:30 PM  
I talk and sing in my sleep-nightly basis or dam near.  Old man talks in his sleep and tries to have sleep sex, often.  I used to walk in my sleep, now that my knees are bad, the worst place I've wound up in is my living room lying on the floor at 4 am.  Thankfully I cannot get out of the front or back door, but still.  Sucks.
 
2013-08-01 04:58:33 PM  
Considering the number of Britons who now own a mobile phone - 92% according to Ofcom - it's not surprising. Many people also take them to bed.

Uh, yeah.  That is surprising.  It's weird and sick too.  I do not sleep with my mobile phone.  I've never taken it to bed with me.   Why would you do that?

I'm a chronic insomniac though.  That's why you'll sometimes see me posting at all hours of the day and night, and it seriously sucks, but I don't think it's all that unusual.

What is weird is sometimes I hear the doorbell when I'm sleeping.  I don't know, maybe someone really did ring my doorbell at 6 AM the other day - twice, but when I got up to look there was nobody there.  Maybe it took me too long to check and they had just left.  Or maybe I'm going nuts.

I really hate doorbells.  I've actually considered disconnecting mine or at least muffling it.  Whenever I hear a doorbell on TV whether it's a commercial or just part of the show or movie it sends a jolt through my system.

I wonder if there is a term for this condition. Door-bell-phobia?
 
2013-08-01 04:58:36 PM  
I get sleep paralysis about once or twice a month (used to be like 3-4 times a week, so yay). Very used to it, doesn't bother me anymore. I've found ways to break it almost instantly when it happens. I get audio hallucinations in hypnagogic sleep (which sucks as I'm just about to fully fall asleep and the noise always wakes me up) and I'll see figures and such just as I'm waking up at the end of hypnopompic sleep.
 
2013-08-01 04:59:27 PM  
I get the exploding head thing but without the noise. It usually happens as I'm falling asleep and it feels like an electrical jolt or an extreme startle reaction.
The worst is sleep paralysis. Sometimes I wake up completely unable to move. It takes a little while to break free (subjectively. IRL about 5-10 seconds.) It's like my conscious mind is awake but my motor control is still dreaming.
 
2013-08-01 05:00:33 PM  
Pro-Tip: I you have sleeping disorders that regularily wake up your partner, sleep in different rooms. Your partner will be more relaxed the next day, and your relationship might survive.

/Try it even if it feels strange
//Beds are the most boring place to fark on anyway
 
2013-08-01 05:00:49 PM  

redsquid: I get the exploding head thing but without the noise. It usually happens as I'm falling asleep and it feels like an electrical jolt or an extreme startle reaction.
The worst is sleep paralysis. Sometimes I wake up completely unable to move. It takes a little while to break free (subjectively. IRL about 5-10 seconds.) It's like my conscious mind is awake but my motor control is still dreaming.


Try to blink, scream and clap your hands at the same time. It usually wakes me up in 1-3 seconds.
 
2013-08-01 05:02:33 PM  
I fall, catch myself, and wake up all in the same split-second.
I don't like it.
 
2013-08-01 05:03:56 PM  
This is why you should always slice your apples before eating them.

/not that loud
 
2013-08-01 05:09:15 PM  

gopher321: I don't have RLS, but I wake up occasionally to a charlie horse. God damn, that's a helluva wake up call. I'm not sure if exploding head syndrome is any better.


Its really no big deal once you know its totally benign.  Just freaky.  No pain or anything.
 
2013-08-01 05:10:54 PM  

Mirrorz: I didn't know there was a name for that but it happened to me all the time for several years. I would hear this loud boom and then wake right up.


Mine isn't the noise version, it's the light version.  I close my eyes, lie down for a few seconds to a minute, and all of a sudden there's this great flash of white light over my entire field of vision.  There is a very minor high-pitched noise and a tingling sensation everywhere in my body, like I just got hit a small electric shock.  Occasionally, it's far worse, causing some major muscle group to spasm just briefly.
 
2013-08-01 05:12:41 PM  
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2013-08-01 05:13:39 PM  

marius2: redsquid: I get the exploding head thing but without the noise. It usually happens as I'm falling asleep and it feels like an electrical jolt or an extreme startle reaction.
The worst is sleep paralysis. Sometimes I wake up completely unable to move. It takes a little while to break free (subjectively. IRL about 5-10 seconds.) It's like my conscious mind is awake but my motor control is still dreaming.

Try to blink, scream and clap your hands at the same time. It usually wakes me up in 1-3 seconds.


Yeah the blinking thing works for me. It's like the motor control spreads out from my eyes to my neck, arms, back and legs in a wave. It seems that I grunt also. I've had sleeping partners freak out when they see me open my eyes, start blinkingand grunting and shudder with my whole body. After I'm fully awake there's no lingering effects so it's not to bad.
Have you noticed any specific triggers? I seem to experience it more when I'm sleeping in a strange place. 'Oh shiat, I can't move' paired with 'Oh shiat, where am I' is always fun.
 
2013-08-01 05:13:46 PM  
When I was in college I used to frequently suffer from a sleepwalking/sexsomnia combination in the dorms. Got in trouble a few times until I started pinning a doctors note on my pajamas so the chicks would understand when they'd wake up to me banging them.

Some of them could still be biatches about it, though. The school had to put conduct sexsomnia sensitivity training to teach them to not give me shiat about it.
 
2013-08-01 05:13:58 PM  
I hump the bed, pillows, you if you're in the bed with me, sometime I even do it in my sleep.
 
2013-08-01 05:15:22 PM  
Have had "exploding head syndrome" episodes as well as sleep paralysis; only a few times each. Exploding head* is annoying no matter what, but sleep paralysis is "fun"; I found it interesting, at least, by the third time First time was scary as hell, but once I knew what it was, I kinda viewed it like a roller coaster: scary, but fun nonetheless.

Don't think I've sleep walked. Don't even get me started on my apnea.


* that just sounds wrong
 
2013-08-01 05:17:27 PM  
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2013-08-01 05:18:05 PM  

redsquid: I get the exploding head thing but without the noise. It usually happens as I'm falling asleep and it feels like an electrical jolt or an extreme startle reaction.


Hypnic jerk, it sounds like. Everyone gets those, I think.
 
2013-08-01 05:18:12 PM  

redsquid: marius2: redsquid: I get the exploding head thing but without the noise. It usually happens as I'm falling asleep and it feels like an electrical jolt or an extreme startle reaction.
The worst is sleep paralysis. Sometimes I wake up completely unable to move. It takes a little while to break free (subjectively. IRL about 5-10 seconds.) It's like my conscious mind is awake but my motor control is still dreaming.

Try to blink, scream and clap your hands at the same time. It usually wakes me up in 1-3 seconds.

Yeah the blinking thing works for me. It's like the motor control spreads out from my eyes to my neck, arms, back and legs in a wave. It seems that I grunt also. I've had sleeping partners freak out when they see me open my eyes, start blinkingand grunting and shudder with my whole body. After I'm fully awake there's no lingering effects so it's not to bad.
Have you noticed any specific triggers? I seem to experience it more when I'm sleeping in a strange place. 'Oh shiat, I can't move' paired with 'Oh shiat, where am I' is always fun.


i've had this.  i figured i was still asleep, but dreaming, and the dream i was having was a perfect representation of me in my bed. it's a weird sensation though.

the other one i get, sometimes i wake up feeling like i have just fallen from some height.  like the sudden jolt of adrenaline when you step into an unseen hole.
 
2013-08-01 05:18:46 PM  
Rape.....and get away with it.
 
2013-08-01 05:22:06 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: redsquid: I get the exploding head thing but without the noise. It usually happens as I'm falling asleep and it feels like an electrical jolt or an extreme startle reaction.

Hypnic jerk, it sounds like. Everyone gets those, I think.


Somnambulant ass!
 
2013-08-01 05:25:52 PM  
 
2013-08-01 05:26:13 PM  
redsquid:
Have you noticed any specific triggers? I seem to experience it more when I'm sleeping in a strange place. 'Oh shiat, I can't move' paired with 'Oh shiat, where am I' is always fun.


I always get it if I try and sleep during the day (aka take a nap.) 100% "success" rate. Also if I'm sleeping in a strange place and can't get comfortable and it takes awhile to fall asleep. Usually any case where I'm having trouble falling asleep I'll get it when I wake up.
 
2013-08-01 05:29:00 PM  
I've talked in my sleep pretty much my whole life, had exploding head and sexsomnia for years as well.

I'm pretty sure, but never did quite confirm, that I started texting and emailing in my sleep.
But I just stopped leaving my phone on the night stand and that cleared right up.

I figure if/when I start walking in my sleep, whether I'm texting/emailing will be the least of my worries.
 
2013-08-01 05:29:08 PM  

reillan: Mirrorz: I didn't know there was a name for that but it happened to me all the time for several years. I would hear this loud boom and then wake right up.

Mine isn't the noise version, it's the light version.  I close my eyes, lie down for a few seconds to a minute, and all of a sudden there's this great flash of white light over my entire field of vision.  There is a very minor high-pitched noise and a tingling sensation everywhere in my body, like I just got hit a small electric shock.  Occasionally, it's far worse, causing some major muscle group to spasm just briefly.


That's almost exactly the variation I get. A huge flash of light, a high pitched whining sound and my entire body jerks at once like I just got jolted or something.

I also occasionally just have the leg jerk, typically only in my left leg. It'll very suddenly feel like an almost painful itch in my thigh and my leg will jerk out suddenly.
 
2013-08-01 05:31:39 PM  
I've had dreams where I've sent e-mails and texts but I haven't done it for real, yet. Or at least haven't caught myself doing it. I do sleep with my phone on silent by my bed though.
 
2013-08-01 05:32:37 PM  

gfid: Considering the number of Britons who now own a mobile phone - 92% according to Ofcom - it's not surprising. Many people also take them to bed.

Uh, yeah.  That is surprising.  It's weird and sick too.  I do not sleep with my mobile phone.  I've never taken it to bed with me.   Why would you do that?

I'm a chronic insomniac though.  That's why you'll sometimes see me posting at all hours of the day and night, and it seriously sucks, but I don't think it's all that unusual.

What is weird is sometimes I hear the doorbell when I'm sleeping.  I don't know, maybe someone really did ring my doorbell at 6 AM the other day - twice, but when I got up to look there was nobody there.  Maybe it took me too long to check and they had just left.  Or maybe I'm going nuts.

I really hate doorbells.  I've actually considered disconnecting mine or at least muffling it.  Whenever I hear a doorbell on TV whether it's a commercial or just part of the show or movie it sends a jolt through my system.

I wonder if there is a term for this condition. Door-bell-phobia?


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2013-08-01 05:33:49 PM  
Happens to me too, but with someone loudly calling my name.  Last time I heard my mom call my name three times (like she did when she used to have to shout at me to wake up for school).  I woke up and swore she had to be dead and had come by to tell me.  She wasn't, but it scared the crap out of me.
 
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