I've experienced this 6 times during the past 6 years. Each incident happened about a year apart. You have no idea how much it scares and frightens me. I'm single, live and sleep alone. This happens within an hour or so after I fall asleep. I really don't know if something wakes me up to see this, or if I just wake up myself. As soon as I open my eyes, I see a very bright colorful shiney object like a ball spinning very fast coming toward my face, nearly touching it. I grab my pillow and hit it, and it disappears. Has anyone ever experienced anything like this? I do not take prescription medication and never used drugs in my life. I'm 61 years old, very healthy, and in excellent shape.
If its an occasional occurrence, you need not worry. If it persists, your symptoms could be due to Hypnagogic hallucinations, which are hallucinations that occur between sleeping and waking. This is the symptom of a sleep disorder called Narcolepsy. This sleep disorder is characterized by excessive day time sleepiness, sleep paralysis, cataplexy where the person has episodes of loss of muscle function while awake, hypnogogic hallucinations and automatic behavior.
If it persists or is troublesome consult your doctor for assessment.
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