For years I have experienced all this weird stuff that happens to me only at night. It can happen just as I'm falling asleep, while I'm asleep, while I'm trying to fall back to sleep or at any other time during the night.
For example, Last night I got up to relieve myself in the middle of the night and then crawled back into bed. I was feeling relaxed and comfortable and had just started to drift off to sleep when I began seeing this very bright kaleidoscope of lights in my eyes/brain which kind of scared me. There was also sort of a low-pitch vibrating hum. This lasted about 3 minutes and then went away. While this was going on I opened my eyes a few times to see if I was just dreaming (I wasn't). Finally, it stopped. I went to sleep and woke up feeling fine.
There have also been times when I would have "sleep-starts" (where you hear a loud "BANG!" in your head and see a brilliant flash of light) or I'd wake up and have this faint echoing noise in my head. One time I saw disco lights in my sleep (don't know if I was dreaming or something else but I'm pretty sure I was asleep at the time). Another time, I was semi-awake in the middle of the night and in my eyes/brain I could see this light that got brighter and brighter until it became unbelievably bright and changed colors to kind of an orange plasma. Then, it suddenly went away. I sometimes wake up and can feel/hear/sense a low-pitch "drumming" noise in my ears. Other times, I wake up with a panic attack or have endless nightmares. One evening I was playing the guitar and then went to sleep and just as I was about to nod off, I suddenly heard a guitar string being plucked. Since sound is distorted during sleep it could have been my cell phone going off but still, it freaked me out a little bit. I've had other wierd things happen at night too. I can't remember all of them but they have been going on for years.
I've been under a great deal of stress lately, suffer from GAD, OCD, Tourettes and take Keppra, Depakote, Rispiradone, Atenolol, Ativan and Prevacid but I have had these even before I was on any of these meds.
Does anyone else here have weird nights like this?. What are some of the causes of these things?. I'm seeing a Neuro and my regular Doctor at the moment and plan to share this with them but I was wondering if anywhere here might be able to provide some insight in this or just share.
Finally, I'm extremely agoraphobic. Is there such a thing as a portable sleep monitor that can do the same thing as a sleep study but you wear it at night (sort of like a holter monitor)?.
Hi Need, one thing i can relate to is the late night bathroom trip. Going from a dark room to a bright bathroom light, i always get those back flash lights after im back in bed and the humming from the bathroom fan is sometimes stuck in my ears. I think during the sleep rem, our bodies are very sensitive to stimuli and our subconscious holds on to the images, sights and sounds. Im also taking meds for blood pressure, and chlorsestrol and get really strange dreams most every night.
I was reading about everything from "partial siezures" to "aura migraines" and getting pretty freaked out over it all. Then, I saw an article about "Hypnagogia" and "Phosphenes" and the picture of what a typical phosphene looks like and it was very close to what I actually saw (except mine was a little brighter). I read that they can be black and white, multi-colored, animated or still, morph into different shapes/swirls and do all kinds of crazy things.
I remember some time ago I was just drifting off to sleep and the next thing I knew everything got very bright and then it's like I was looking down into a swirling pool of lava. Very scary!. The thing is, I was actually able to open my eyes a few times to see if I was dreaming or not (I wasn't) and the "visions" disappeared but when I would close my eyes again and try to drift off, the bright lights were still there.
The brain sure is a powerful (and sometimes very scary) thing!. This isn't the first time I've had these things happen at night (which is always an especially scary time for me). Sometimes I wonder if it's just me, the meds or something else.
When i dont take the meds i dont have scary dreams. Without the meds I do have dreams of my dad and brother who passed away at young ages and also of past heart aches and especially taking college exams unprepared, all these really terrifying.
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