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Ouch!

I have had this happen to me at least 100 times since I was a teenager. To be honest, I thought everybody's head periodically blew up in the middle of the night so I never mentioned it. To me it would have been like asking people if sometimes a bad smelling gas escaped from their anal region.

I guess I was wrong.

When my head explodes it's like a sudden loud noise, very similar to what you hear when an electrical transformer blows up. A shock accompanies the loud noise, as if I had been shocked in a very localized area, sans pain, and then I am awake and looking for the person who shocked me. Within 2 or 3 minutes I am back asleep, comforted by the knowledge that this has never happened twice in a night.

Anyone here also have their head explode periodically?
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Perhaps no one has properly explained it to you, Tripp.

I suggest you google "Puberty".
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Yup... I have experienced this a few times. The article suggests the eustachian tube but it certainly feels like it is in the brain and I have experienced it when not quite asleep yet. I do have sleep paralysis frequently (once to four times a month) and I have had both SP and the exploding head in the same night.
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pronoblem wrote:
Yup... I have experienced this a few times. The article suggests the eustachian tube but it certainly feels like it is in the brain


Definitely in the brain. Right smack in the middle. I'm not sure the phenomena "merits study" because it's just an odd thing that doesn't seem to affect health. But in a way it's kind of cool... not that I look forward to it, but it creates sort of a rush.
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DWTripp wrote:
... it creates sort of a rush.


Yup. A very speedy rush like I only feel with this... not fear, excitement, elation, anxiety, etc. I described the after effect as "someone squeezed a lemon in my brain". It is most certainly a brain chemistry event.
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Only a lifetime of SP dreams for me so far but now that I've read about this, it's just a matter of time.
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I've maybe had this. Not the noise, but once in a while (maybe every few years) I'll suddenly pop awake totally alert. Not at all like waking normally. It's so sudden that I am always a little bit startled. Then I generally go back to sleep.

But there is no noise when it happens. Or if there is, it happens just before I spring to alertness.
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I'm not sure if this is anywhere close to the same, but occasionally (usually when I'm not feeling well, but I've had it a few times otherwise), my brain goes into overdrive during the night, and I have very strange dreams that seem like my mind is doing a complex math puzzle, and I wake up several times. I don't "feel" hot, but at the same time it has a sensation like my brain is overclocking itself or something.

It sucks because I don't get much rest when that happens
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sigmazero13 wrote:
I'm not sure if this is anywhere close to the same, but occasionally (usually when I'm not feeling well, but I've had it a few times otherwise), my brain goes into overdrive during the night, and I have very strange dreams that seem like my mind is doing a complex math puzzle, and I wake up several times. I don't "feel" hot, but at the same time it has a sensation like my brain is overclocking itself or something.

It sucks because I don't get much rest when that happens


I've gotten this before but didn't quite know how to describe it. My mind would work itself to a headache while I am sleeping which makes me feel like I'm sick. There is no way to turn it off and you just have to suffer through it until you get out of bed.
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The article does a good job of describing the event. I'll try and expand...

Imagine you're asleep, but not dreaming. Not in pain... just asleep. If someone were to, as an example, slam two boards together in the dark, that's similar to the sound. Except, it's right smack in the middle of your brain, unaccompanied by any dreams. Along with the sudden loud sound there is an almost electric quality to the experience... but you don't "feel" shock. Just the rush, probably adrenaline.

It's not the flying or falling dream experience and I've never personally been frightened by it. It's pretty freaky though. In my case I sit up and fairly quickly get oriented to where I am. Then it's back to sleep, content in the knowledge that it's all in my head.
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DWTripp wrote:
Ouch!

I have had this happen to me at least 100 times since I was a teenager. To be honest, I thought everybody's head periodically blew up in the middle of the night so I never mentioned it. To me it would have been like asking people if sometimes a bad smelling gas escaped from their anal region.

I guess I was wrong.

When my head explodes it's like a sudden loud noise, very similar to what you hear when an electrical transformer blows up. A shock accompanies the loud noise, as if I had been shocked in a very localized area, sans pain, and then I am awake and looking for the person who shocked me. Within 2 or 3 minutes I am back asleep, comforted by the knowledge that this has never happened twice in a night.

Anyone here also have their head explode periodically?


I wouldn't be too worried. I have similar reactions to your RSP posts.
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Very interesting. I've never experienced this. If I ever awaken abruptly, which is fairly rare, it's usually the result of an intense dream, often the falling dream. Of course, there is the occasional actual loud sound that can wake me up, like someone in my apartment building slamming a door loudly, or my telephone ringing. angry

DWTripp wrote:
To me it would have been like asking people if sometimes a bad smelling gas escaped from their anal region.

I have no idea what you're talking about.
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DWTripp wrote:
Just the rush, probably adrenaline.


I was thinking it was a different neurotransmitter. Adrenalin elevates respiration and heart rate quite a bit. I feel completely calm when this happens except for the initial shock... also, I have experienced the exact same sensations (not the explosion, but the after effect) but with much less intensity when I drank "smart drinks" (Nootropics) that contained choline, DMAE and high doses of B-vitamins.
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No idea what you're talking about. Now, I do have severe sleep apnea.

Before being treated by using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure), I would sometimes wake in the middle of the night having felt my trachea close up slap tight. I would sit straight up and spend several minutes forcing air through my wind pipe until it opened up again - quite scary really.

Other than that, just had the falling dream wake up, Sleep Paralysis dream and occasional other type nightmare wake me. Never an "exploding head" thing - you're not related to Max Headroom are you?
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I fairly frequently experience something that's just a bit different than what's being described here. It mostly happens just as I'm falling asleep, but I've had it happen in the middle of the day too: It's a similar kind of pop, or snap that happens in my head, followed immediately by what I can only call an internal ringing in my ears, which is clearly not actually in my ears at all. It's like white noise, cranked up to 11. Sometimes it's so loud and sudden that I flinch away as if I've been struck on the side of the head. That particular feature can be fairly embarrassing if I happen to be out and about when it happens.




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DW, maybe this is what prompted you to post, but I ran across this not more than twenty minutes after reading your thread:

http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/02/17/2204845.aspx
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I had this happen to me only once, about 15 years ago, but I remember it vividly.
It did sound like someone had slapped two boards together, or hit my front door with a baseball bat or something like that. I awoke startled, but quickly chalked it up to having been a dream, although I really hadn't been dreaming. In fact, I hadn't been deep asleep yet, but had apparently just dozed.

The article says this might be caused by extreme fatigue. At the time it happened to me, I had been doing 2.5 hour commutes (each way) to work for about a month, so I was definitely fatigued.
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tickmanfan wrote:
sigmazero13 wrote:
I'm not sure if this is anywhere close to the same, but occasionally (usually when I'm not feeling well, but I've had it a few times otherwise), my brain goes into overdrive during the night, and I have very strange dreams that seem like my mind is doing a complex math puzzle, and I wake up several times. I don't "feel" hot, but at the same time it has a sensation like my brain is overclocking itself or something.

It sucks because I don't get much rest when that happens


I've gotten this before but didn't quite know how to describe it. My mind would work itself to a headache while I am sleeping which makes me feel like I'm sick. There is no way to turn it off and you just have to suffer through it until you get out of bed.

Yeah. The worst part is (at least for me), during the process through the night, I don't even realize that something is "wrong" - it's not until I get up the next morning not feeling well, with a headache, a "tired brain", and feeling generally exhausted, that I realize that my dreams were doing some funky stuff with my brain's CPU.
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Quote:
I had been doing 2.5 hour commutes (each way) to work for about a month, so I was definitely fatigued.



It's not exactly clear from your post... Were you driving at the time you heard the noise? If so, it could have been the actually sound of boards snapping.
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It's not exactly clear from your post... Were you driving at the time you heard the noise? If so, it could have been the actually sound of boards snapping.

Uhmm, there isn't anything unclear about my post.
Maybe you're fatigued.
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Quote:
Maybe you're fatigued.


That's a given.
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How do I always miss the interesting threads?

This must be pretty common, because I notice a lot of movies use this as a transition: a character suddenly wakes up with a 'slam'. I've experienced this a few times, but not recently.


About once a year or so... just as I'm falling asleep...

I'll hear a soft whisper right in my ear. Usually of a person's name. It's *at the instant* I'm falling asleep, and I'm too out of it to turn my head and look.
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