We close our eyes, doze off, dream, wake up, and repeat–or so you think!
So although you might not want to know it, we’re going to cut to the chase and share with you these 10 things most of us experience while asleep, without even knowing!
1. Falling without actually falling (Talk about trippy.)
You know you’ve experienced it, but do you know what it is? The sensation of falling while remaining stationary as you’re dozing off is known as a hypnic jerk. It’s our body’s way to remind us that our senses and motor system is still working.
Thanks for the fright!
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2. Hearing a non-existent explosion
When you’re about to fall asleep, and you swear someone’s breaking in or the house is exploding into tiny pieces, it’s a concern. Nope, it’s just “Exploding Head Syndrome.” This is a real thing where someone thinks they hear a loud sound while sleeping. Our senses become overactive, but we never really know if that “explosion” was real or not. Again, it’s just a horrible, false alarm and another type of hypnic jerk. (I can see why they call it a hypnic jerk.)
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Was that a man hovering over your bed?! A 5-foot-tall, man-eating spider in your closet?! No, just a hallucination. Wow, our minds must hate us when we’re asleep, always trying to trick us.Apparently, it’s normal to hallucinate while waking up during your sleep. Don’t feel bad; I once hallucinated at age five of evil Teletubbies looking down on me. Still alive (but still convinced)!
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4. Becoming paralyzed
It’s crazy to think that our bodies become immobile while we’re sleeping. In fact, our body purposely partially paralyzes us to protect us from “acting out our dreams.” However, be thankful for this temporary paralyzation. Those whose paralyzation fails during sleep do act out their dreams from simple sleepwalking to driving a vehicle to commit crimes!
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5. Turning into a vampire
When we fall asleep, our body temperature drops, our heart, and breathing get slower, and we have a dip in blood pressure. This is our body’s way of preserving our energy and placing focus on the things it needs to get done while we’re asleep. Sounds like we’re just sleeping, right? I prefer the term, “vampire.”
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6. Keeping the conversation going
We chat with friends, family, and coworkers all day long, but we can’t stop the chit-chat, even when we’re sleeping. Not only do some of us talk in our sleep, but some of us may even text in our sleep, too. What can I say? We are social creatures anyhow.
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7. Finding a new reason to fight with your partner
Most of us have had a dream where we imagine our partner leaving us or finding someone else. When we wake up, we’re glad our dream was false, yet we’re still resentful. Sometimes our dreams are so realistic that we are entirely convinced they occurred, something like a false memory. There are folks out there who start real-life arguments for a dream they thought was real. I may or may not be one of those people. *shifts eyes*
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8. Becoming violent
Most of the time, you have to be there to believe something, and in this case, you will never know if you’re a violent sleeper until your partner tells you. We become possessive, hibernating bears in our sleep and will attempt to kick, push, or even slap our partner off the bed without knowing.
Sleep is brutal.
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9. Healing ourselves
Okay, so maybe it’s not us that is healing ourselves during our sleep, but it’s still a pretty magical thing! When we’re asleep, our immune system is at its highest. It goes into “operation mode” helping us heal. Additionally, our sleeping body filters toxins and cleans our memories.
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10. Waking up over a dozen of times
This is probably one of the least known things about sleeping: The fact that we wake up anywhere from five to over a dozen times in just one hour during sleep! As our body goes through different cycles and stages during sleep, it is not uncommon to wake up, but it is likely that you only remember waking up once or twice during the night.
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Didn’t think sleep was such a strange activity? Well, neither did we! But if you found this post as interesting (and creepy?) as we did, then pass it along to family and friends, and let them know what they’re really up to when they’re sleeping!
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