Just on the verge of falling deeply asleep, at the very edge of dreaming, I sometimes get the most terrifying auditory hallucinations. Sinister laughter and screams are the most common sounds and when they occur I am paralysed with absolute terror. I’ve had this on and off ever since I was young when I used to have horrific night terrors. I’d wake in a cold sweat convinced something was trying to enter my body, some unseen malevolent force was crawling under my skin and my mind would reel as I clawed at the walls of my bedroom. I think anxiety brings on these strange sleep disturbances, that and my over active imagination. The other night I convinced myself some spirit was hovering over the bed, I imagined it’s hollowed face was inches from mine and that it was about to whisper into my ear, then I had a panic attack. I forget what it’s like to have a restful nights sleep.
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- audreysmithart said: You must read Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks. He has a whole chapter devoted to hallucinations experienced on the verge of sleep.
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