Causes and Treatment of Mysterious Exploding Head Syndrome

2014-05-07 07:10

It is rare, it is strange, and it is a sound in your head that is medically called "exploding head syndrome" when that crash occurs. It sounds like the name of an animated picture, a colloquial phrase, or something that you say when there is way too much going on in your head. It could be something that is found in the urban dictionary or other such website. It is most definitely alien. It is also most definitely real, according to a news piece published May 6, 2014, on the Washington State University webpage.

“It’s a provocative and understudied phenomenon,” said Brian Sharpless, a WSU assistant professor and director of the university psychology clinic who recently reviewed the scientific literature on the disorder for the journal Sleep Medicine Reviews. “I have worked with some individuals who have it seven times a night, so it can lead to bad clinical consequences as well.”

What is Exploding Head Syndrome?
This crazy thing with the crazy name is a syndrome that occurs during sleep, particularly in women over the age of 50, though it does not discriminate age and gender. It is frightening to say the least and can increase or decrease over time, attaching the psyche of its own volition. Here is what it sounds like.

  • A bomb exploding
  • A gun going off
  • A clash of cymbals
  • The roof breaking in
  • A boulder crashing into a car
  • A loud door slam
  • Sudden fireworks

Is Exploding Head Syndrome Dangerous?

Though it is extremely frightening, particularly when we are asleep, the syndrome is not physically harmful, according to the American Sleep Association. On the other hand, increased anxiety and insomnia might follow, as well as daytime drowsiness. Some may feel a dull pain and hear it in either or both ears. They could also see a flash of lighting or a bright light while the explosion occurs.


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I have wondered what it is when I'm just about to fall asleep and hear a loud noise inside my head. I never talked about it with anyone until I read your topic about this condition. The sound that I hear is more like a glass bottle breaking underwater, and I also feel the pressure along with the sound.