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Why Do I Hallucinate At Night?

by Rosie Cantrell

I'm a 45 year old female and even as a child I would wake up at night and see things that couldn't have possibly been in my room or couldn't have possibly have been happening.

I wake up and see various things: spiders coming down a web from the ceiling fan, decorations on my wall turning into other objects, a childhood doll appearing in the middle of a decorative wreath, stepping stones leading from my bed to my closet (even though there would be no possible way to see my closet from my bed
unless I sat up.

When this happened it was probably about the 6th night in a row that I had seen something, when I sat up in bed I told my husband that he was trying to drive me crazy, because I was sure he had placed the stepping stones there, someone standing on my husband's side of the bed with a gun pointing at him.

And the weirdest one was I sat up in bed and looked out my closet window, and house was sinking, by the time I got to the living room it had almost completely sank.

I used to jerk when I would see things, and don't remember screaming, but my family said I had screamed during the night. It's slacked off a lot in the last few years, the last time it happened was about four months ago. I had left the computer chair in the hallway across from my bedroom door. I woke up and there was a bomb sitting in it. Sort of freaky when it happens.

Most of the times what I see is related to something happening in my life at the time, but sometimes it's not.


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Nov 02, 2022
Nighttime seizure disorder or hypnogogic hallucinations? NEW
by: Alli

Rosie, have you ever been evaluated with a seizure disorder? What you’re describing sounds a lot like a nighttime seizure. When they involve the occipital lobe they can manifest with hallucinations, even if you are unaware of any seizures in your waking life. Alternatively, and I have had this problem, it could be hypnogogic hallucinations. Essentially, these are nightmares experienced while you’re still awake but drifting off to sleep. The tell-tale symptom there would be that you feel frozen, unable to move or speak while they’re taking place, even if you want to. You might want to go to a neurologist to describe your symptoms and get a sleep study done.

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