9 Mysterious Things That Occur While You Sleep

Sleep is defined as a naturally recurring state of mind and body, characterized by altered  consciousness, relatively inhibited sensory activity, inhibition of nearly all voluntary muscles, and reduced interactions with surroundings. And sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and well- being.

So what exactly happens when we sleep. Read on to find out more.

Sleep Paralysis

Have you ever been in a situation where you wake up from your sleep but cannot move? Added to it you get a feeling that someone else is in the room? In the past, this state was associated with the work of evil sprits.

However, science has discovered when we fall asleep, we are paralyzed so that we don’t sleepwalk. So, with sleep paralysis, our muscles “turn off” when the brain is awake. At least 7% of the world population has experienced this at some point and this generally happens when one persons sleeps on his/her back.


Hypnagogic Hallucinations

When a person is on verge of sleeping, but still awake, weird pictures like scary faces and fantastic creatures appear before his eyes.

Most mentally healthy people have these hallucinations, and this mostly occurs with children often.Stress and good imagination are the reasons for this hallucination.



Sleep Talking

Somniloquy or sleep talking is not psychologically dangerous and more often than not the person will not even be aware of this.

Generally, happens with men and children due to stress. The person’s psyche is trying to resist what he or she does not agree with in reality.



A Dream Within A Dream

Like in the movie, Inception, a person sees a dream, then wakes up, but strange things continue to happen to him. It turns out he was just dreaming that he woke up.

Though science does not have an explanation for this still, Esotericists believe that if you have such a dream, this indicates your predisposition to spiritual practices.




A state opposite to sleep paralysis, consciousness is asleep, but muscle paralysis does not occur. Although a person might have walked, cleaned or even left the house in their state of sleep they don’t generally remember any of it when they wake up.

This happens and affects children a lot more. Though the cause is unknown, treatments are available.



Exploding head Syndrome

The individual awakens from a feeling of an uproarious blast or a clap. In some cases, the sound appears to be ear stunning. It can be joined by an expanding buzz.  Although not hazardous, it alarms individuals. Some think they have had a stroke.

This happens when, for some reason, there is a surge of neural activity in the areas of the brain responsible for processing sound.Sometimes the syndrome is coupled with insomnia or jet lag.



Sleep Apnea

The most common of problems, this happens when there is a sudden stop of breathing and the person wakes up. This, in turn, leads to poor quality of sleep and brain experiences oxygen starvation. The Arterial pressure fluctuates causing heart problems.

Obesity, smoking, and old age increase the risk.



Recurring Dreams

A phase where the dreams keep reoccurring producing the same plot.

Psychologists believe our brain uses such dreams to pay attention to something we didn’t notice in our daily life. These stories will return until the situation is resolved



Out-of-body Experience

A neuropsychological phenomenon during which a person, half-asleep and half-awake, sees himself from a place outside his body.


The scientists find this a very difficult area to study and research in.For mystics and occultists, this confirms the existence of the soul.And there are few people know how to enter this state deliberately.