Anyone who has ever lain awake at night analyzing a conversation from three days ago knows how very possible it is for a person’s own brain to turn on them. But you probably didn’t realize it was possible for your brain to turn on you to this extent. Neither did we. Let’s all cower in fear together.
Imagine waking up in the morning. You go to throw the covers aside and roll out of bed. But you can’t throw the covers aside. You can’t roll out of bed. You can’t even twitch your pinky finger. You’re paralyzed. Even though this sounds like one of Stephen King’s creative ideas, sleep paralysis is a well-documented (and thankfully temporary) phenomenon that actually happens to as many as one out of four people.
When you fall asleep, your conscious mind is set to function at a low level. Your body is also largely immobilized so that if you have a dream about kung-fu fighting, you don’t end up beating the crap out of whoever shares your bed. What happens with sleep paralysis is your conscious mind wakes up before your REM sleep state is over. So not only is your body still immobilized, but sometimes, the last few seconds of a dream will play out in your head while you’re awake. Scientists posit that sleep paralysis is the reason so many people think they were abducted by aliens, or that they’d encountered ghosts.
Exploding Head Syndrome
We’ll begin by saying this one isn’t quite as bad as it sounds. No one’s head is actually spontaneously exploding.
Exploding Head Syndrome occurs when it sounds like a bomb has gone off in your head and you see a huge flash of light. This terrifying syndrome is over as quickly as it starts, leaving you to grope for your skull to make sure it’s still in one piece.
Doctors aren’t yet able to explain what causes Exploding Head Syndrome, but they do think it could be linked to extreme tiredness or extreme stress. Try not to compound your stress by worrying about Exploding Head Syndrome.
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
This syndrome was probably originally called But I Don’t Think I Took Any LSD Syndrome, but it’s an uptight PC world we’re living in.
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome causes people to perceive themselves and their surroundings incorrectly. While experiencing this syndrome you may actually believe you are three inches tall, or that your entire house has shrunk around you, or that the hallway to your kitchen is three miles long. It’s not classified as a hallucination, and is likely caused by malfunction in the parietal lobe. Migraines are one of the most common causes. Thankfully, this is a temporary condition. It kind of makes us wonder if perhaps Lewis Carroll was a migraine sufferer, and this is how he got all of his creative ideas.
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