PULLMAN, WA – Great! Here’s another thing to keep us awake at night!
It’s called “Exploding Head Syndrome” and many in the medical community are calling it a very real condition. Don’t worry, it doesn’t really make your brains burst. But what it does do is still mind-blowing.
Psychologists from Washington State University have studied sufferers of the phenomenon who claim they hear loud banging sounds right before going to sleep. Now that can put a real damper on getting drowsy, doesn’t it?
It can sound like an exploding bomb, a gunshot or like cymbals crashing and it’s believed to occur when the body doesn’t shut down for sleep in the correct sequence. When it happens certain neurons in our noggins get triggered, causing some to think they hear thunderous noise.
It seems to be more common in women of 50 plus, but doesn’t appear to be limited to any group. Some studies show that it may even occur in as many as 10% of the sleepy public. Now that’s a lot of people banging in bed and “not” having a good time!
So it’s not enough to say “lights-out” to someone, but your brain has to do it in the right order or else your head might just explode! Good night!