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April 2, 2014

Exploding Head Syndrome


Jarred awakes from a sound sleep by a “shotgun blast, a thunderclap
. . . the clash of symbols, a lightning strike or the sound of every door in the house slamming.” As with others who have his condition, sufferers of exploding head syndrome (EHS) wake terrified, only to realize the noise was just a figment of their imaginations. -- TIFO

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 2, 2014 11:43 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

Been there, done that.
The why of it, I don't expect to discern from this thread.
Funny picture though.

Posted by: u.k.(us) at April 2, 2014 4:17 PM

I wake up thinking I've heard a loud noise quite frequently. Usually, it is my own snoring.

Posted by: Jewel Atkins at April 2, 2014 5:22 PM


Posted by: Donald Sensing at April 2, 2014 8:42 PM

I have recurring dreams of violent encounters in my bad old days but I am able to accept them, got used to them, or perhaps inured is a better word. No sounds, smells sometimes. Not pleasant. Sometimes my head gets to this, and I understand it:

"Cast a cold eye on Life, on Death.
Horseman, pass by."

Posted by: chasmatic at April 2, 2014 9:34 PM

I suppose it was meant to be "cymbals," but I have to admit that "the clash of symbols" is an intriguing phrase!

I know someone to whom this happens. He comes out of sleep hollering, sometimes leaps from the bed, takes a long time to calm down afterward. It's rough on him and even rougher on his wife.

Posted by: Mrs Whatsit at April 3, 2014 9:54 AM

There's only so much that medication or therapy can do to allay this condition. It sure isn't pleasant for the one experiencing it or those around him. It ain't fun, that's for sure.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 3, 2014 10:07 PM

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