WSU finds ‘Exploding Head Syndrome’ is more common than once thought

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PULLMAN, WA – 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 noggin get triggered, causing some to think they hear thunderous noise.

Exploding Head Syndrome (EHS) was first thought to affect mostly older folks, but new findings indicate many young people are also feeling and hearing flare-ups. Washington State found 18 percent of the 211 undergrads they studied, showed signs of EHS. Now, that’s a lot of kids banging in bed, and “not” having a good time!

So it’s not enough to say “lights-out” to someone. Your brain has to do it in the right order or else your head might just explode! Good night!



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