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flashes of almost lightning type light with sound

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 9, 2006
  • 02:25 AM

for the past 15 or so yrs right before i fall asleep or soon after i go to bed (varies between 2 or 3 minutes to almost 30 minutes) i get a lightning type flash in my head and a loud crack or boom as if lightning is striking. has anyone else heard of this?? i dont have any adverse symptoms from this except it will wake me up if im almost asleep. im amazed no one else can hear it, it is so loud and it doesnt happen every night but at least 4 times a week. thanks

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  • An auditory and visual hallucination?
    xiller06 5 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 01:32 AM
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  • I don't believe it is An auditory and visual hallucination. I have them and so does my sister. I described one day and agreed having it also. WE say it sounds like rubber band snapping. I think it is brain cells ( links) breaking off. Actually losing brain cells. No doctor ever told me this. I don't take any kind of medicines my sister takes blood pressure pills. I don't think it is a good thing, but no big or large effect seems to take place.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 18, 2006
    • 05:52 AM
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  • I had the experience occassionally. Am 40 yrs.I can recall I had it in about 10 - 15 occasions. In my sleep I hear a big bang or loud snap sound and bright flash in my eyes sometimes ...for a split second. I wake up and ask my wife did you hear anything. She said none. It always happend to me when I was trying to get to sleep not in middle of sleep.I also noticed that it happens when I am sleep deprived or work late into nights ...something like that. I explained this to my doc and he couldnt relate the symptons to anything.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 24, 2006
    • 01:57 PM
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  • I know exactly what you describe. I experienced this when I had increase fluid and pressure in my brain from encephalomeningitis from Lyme disease. Mine only happend while lying down at night and would awaken me. If you have any othe neurological symptoms I would get this checked out.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 25, 2006
    • 00:55 PM
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  • I have had the same for a long time. When it happened it was sometimes accompanied by a strange sensation of "everything being different" , I have no better way of describing it. However, the good news. at least for me, is that I was diagnosed with a Zinc deficiency. Taking Zinc pills immediatly stopped all the symptomes. No more bangs and flashes! No more fear to go to sleep! Try it, hope it helps for you as well.Mark
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 09:13 AM
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  • interesting to find this on the web, I too have experienced the cracking and has happened a number of times, worries me a little but then it doesn't happen for a while. I also suffer from excessive jerking almost every night, a fast buzzing rush to my head, I then ***k my head to almost like shake it of, it happens a good 4-8 times before eventually falling asleep. This has occured nightly for the last 6 months now and does not seem to be going. I have also experienced almost stopping breathing, a panic then gjump out of bed to do anything to change my minds state. Another interesting point to make is that when dreaming they can be so vivid, for example I can almost control what I see touch and read in some dreams, I can go and read a page in a book on a subject I have know nothing about and take in the information, this was really getting to me so I began writing things down that I could hear such as voices etc and it was all weird - in English but didn't really make sence, I could go on but am conscious of sounding weird. Just thought I would write this as I have been meaning to do research on this topic for a while and it'snearly 1am in the morning and I cannot leep!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 10, 2007
    • 00:56 AM
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  • Exploding Head Syndrome?"Exploding head syndrome is a rare condition first reported by a British physician in 1988 that causes the sufferer to occasionally experience a tremendously loud noise as if from within his or her own head, usually described as an explosion or a roar. This usually occurs within an hour or two of falling asleep, but is not the result of a dream. Although perceived as tremendously loud, the noise is usually not accompanied by pain. Attacks appear to increase and decrease in frequency over time, with several attacks occurring in a space of days or weeks followed by months of remission. Sufferers often feel a sense of terror and anxiety after an attack, accompanied by elevated heart rate. Attacks are also often accompanied by perceived flashes of light or difficulty in breathing. The condition is also known as 'auditory sleep starts'. The noise may be accompanied by a perceived bright flash of light, and the light on its own is known as a 'visual sleep start'."
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 11, 2007
    • 02:52 AM
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  • I have had that experince as well. Thank you for all of the information. I had never connected the noise with the light flashes but they have both been recent. Now, I'll watch to see if they happen together. I'll also try to notice if zinc helps. I also have a zinc deficiency.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 03:45 AM
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  • Amazing to read these on this site. When I mentioned my "lightning flashes" to my husband, he just smiled and went on with his day. It's hard to talk about something so weird. When they first happened, I thought my room was "haunted" - how else to explain these strong light flashes in a dark room. Not reasonable, I know. Last night, after not experiencing one in a while, there it was. I closed my eyes and a bright CRACK of light awoke me just as I was about to fall asleep. This time I was sure it was in my head and not somewhere else in the room. Pretty scary. So I decided to google the words and find out if anyone else heard of this.Thanks for the information. Still not sure what this is but at least I don't feel crazy - like I imagined it all.
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  • I too have had the following when trying to sleep or sleeping:Bright red or white flash behind my eye lids when trying to got sleep. They are blinding.Booms and cracks as im waking up or trying to fall asleep.Sometimes i can hear a wierd tone like a constand EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE sound that changes pitch as i focus on it.I sometimes hear distant voices and sometimes music. I can never make out anything and the music seems so far away.Sometimes i begin to feel the chills then it turns into a feeling of being electrocuted along with a loud roaring sound like a waterfall. It is very unsettling and i tend to fight it but im paralyzed.So i spent some time researching it. Cross reference it with astral travel and hyponogic (i think thats how its spelled) sleep.
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  • Really great to read your experiences. I have had the same experience many times, and I got quite excited by what I thought was a strange connection between my hearing and my vision. It's only after reading your posts that I realize the sound is in my head...I never knew! I always thought it was someone dropping something or slamming a door, and the flash was a result of a surge of adrenaline? The Zinc thing is interesting too, although the experience is not menacing enough that I feel I need to "cure" it. Wanted to mention something else: I have had falling, jerking, and spinning, but on occasion I also get a very strange feeling that I call the "infinity feeling". I momentarily loose all sense of scale. I feel infinite space above me such that the distance between me and an object is infinite no matter how near or far the object (often the letter H)...very hard to describe. It used to be extremely uncomfortable like a bad fever, but now I savor it, and I can sometimes induce it. Eric 24
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  • I have also had both the lightning flashes and the strange loud sounds. The sounds that I hear or feel are best described as a electrical shock followed by a boom, but not painfull. I also have the flashes of light not necessarily accompanied by the noise sensations. I have been suffering from debilitating fatigue for several years, which has been on the increase in the past year. I also have optic nerve drusens, and glaucoma runs in my family. I was wondering if any of these conditions are related.Linda
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  • hypnagogic experience is real. however,i would need a great deal of convincing about astral travel(though it would save carbon emissions!)this is a fascinating thread thanks to every one!all i can offer is the observation that many aspects of what has been reported here,are reminiscent of two things ,first,migraine aura,and second the "nocturnal ***k "phenomenon,which is also observed,---when it is observed---,in hypnagogic territory.think about it,if the nervous system can produce a violent involuntary ***k in all the muscles ,why not a similar sudden neural discharge in the optic and auditory cortex?unless things become very much worse,it is probably best to think of these lights and noises as an essential part of your personal nervous economy.do not be alarmed,it is certainly not a nerve snapping!nerves die naturally, inevitably and above all, quietly every day,and in alarmingly large numbers.but there are plenty to spare,and it is best to set about training yourself for the best use of the diminishing numbers which remain!education is the thing,folks,for a healthy brain!
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  • When I am trying to fall asleep I noticed that with every little crack or noise I see a flash of light. I have had this off and on for years and thought it was normal. I told my husband about it and he said to check it out. Does anyone know why this happens?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 11:36 PM
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  • yea ok I've got the same thing! feels like snapping or small "sparks" in my head and wierd light hallucinations. so guess what, off I want to get a MRI they found a perfectly sized and shaped brain with more than adiquet blood flow (no probs at all). So I was asking around and it turns out the you can't really feel your brain like you feel you hand! ok you could itch right through the surface if you made it through the skull.! but there is a complex series of sinuses and small cavities inside your head where small gas bubbles can move around causing this snapping sound / sensations. Some of you may1 move the air,2 hear the snap 3 imagine spark (cause we think electrical with brain, really the brain is chemical and electrical/ like a nine volt go a head see how big a spark you can make and compair that sprk to the sound it produces. I dont think sparking happens large enough! )4 hallucinate light the mind is a very complex and full of instincts, perhaps it just playing tricks on you. try to slow down the thought process and see if you can seperate the the thought "spark" from the sound "snap"
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 21, 2007
    • 09:24 AM
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  • Wow!!! I thought for sure that when I typed "Loud snap noise inside head no pain" into the google search bar, I would find nothing. It's good to know that I did not just imagine it. It only has happened to me once...a loud snap, but no light flash that I can remember. The posts here were fascinating. I too have a constant eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee tone sound in my head as well, and it too does change frequency if I focus on it. There are a lot of posts here about this phenomenon, it would be interesting if we could get that British Doctor to do some more research using all of us as a test group to see if there may be other commonalities that we share that might explain what or why it is that we have this experience.
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  • Scrool down under the heading sleep starts...I guess we have a harmless parasomnia! ParasomniasThe term “parasomnia” refers to a wide variety of disruptive sleep-related events. These behaviors and experiences occur usually while sleeping, and most are often infrequent and mild. They may, however, happen often enough to become so bothersome that medical attention is required.The most common type of parasomnias are “disorders of arousal,” which include confusional arousals, sleepwalking (somnambulism), and sleep terrors. Experts believe the various types of arousal disorders are related and share some characteristics. These arousals occur when a person is in a mixed state of being both asleep and awake, and usually coming from the deepest stage of nondreaming sleep.This means the person is awake enough to act out complex behaviors but still asleep and not aware or able to remember these actions.Parasomnias are very common in young children and do not usually indicate significant psychiatric or psychological problems. Such disorders tend to run in families and might be made worse when a child is overly tired, has a fever, or is taking certain medications. They may occur during periods of stress and may increase and decrease with “good” and “bad” weeks.CONFUSIONAL AROUSALSConfusional arousals often occur in infants and toddlers, but may also be seen in adults.These episodes may begin with a person crying and thrashing around in bed. The individual may appear awake, confused and upset, yet resists attempts by others to comfort or console. It is also difficult to awaken a person having a parasomnia. The episodes may last up to half an hour and usually end with the person calming, waking briefly, and then only wanting to return to sleep.SLEEPWALKINGSleepwalking is commonly seen in older children. It ranges from simply getting up out of bed and walking around the room, to prolonged and complex actions, including going to another part of the house or yard. The sleepwalker may return to bed or awaken in the morning in a different part of the house. Sleepwalker might carry on conversations that are difficult to understand or make no sense at all. They are capable of carrying out complex behaviors such as rearranging the furniture (for no expainable purpose) and injuries during sleepwalking are uncommon. In most cases , no treatment is necessary. In children, the number of events tends to decrease with age.These events, however, can occasionally persist into adulthood or may even begin in adulthood.SLEEP-RELATED EATINGA rare type of sleepwalking is “sleep-related eating.” People with this disorder experience episodes of eating during sleep, without being aware of what they are doing. Sleep-related eating may occur often enough to result in a sinificant weight gain. Although it can affect all ages and both sexes, it is more common in young females.SLEEP TERRORSSleep terrors are the most extreme and dramatic form of arousal disorders and are the most distressing to witness. A sleep terror episode usually begins with a bloodcurdling scream or shout, and may produce signs that suggest extreme terror, such as dilated pupils, rapid breathing, racing heart, sweating, and extreme agitation. During a sleep terror, the person may bolt out of bed and run around the room or even out of the house. During a frenzied event the person can hurt themselves or others. As disturbing and frightening as sleep terrors are to an observer, individuals having them are usually totally unaware of what they are doing and do not remember the incident when they awaken. People who have sleep terrors do not recall vivid dream images, unlike people who have nightmares or bad dreams.Because disorders of arousal are less common in older people, adults suffering from these disorders should seek evaluation. In some cases these events are triggered by other conditions such as sleep apnea, heartburn, or periodic limb movements during sleep. A sleep specialist should evaluate the person’s behavior and medical history.In typical childhood occurences of arousal disorders, medical evaluation is rarely needed. However, you should contact your physician if a child experiences disturbed sleep that causes;1) potentially dangerous behavior that is violent or may result in injury2) extreme disturbances of other household members3) excessive sleepiness during the day. In these cases, formal evaluation at a sleep center is warranted.Using simple safety measures can prevent serious injury to those with arousal disorders. Clearing the bedroom of obstructions, securing the windows, sleeping on the first floor, and installing locks or alarms on windows and doors will add a degree of security for the individual and the family. In severe cases, medical intervention may be needed with prescription drugs, behavior modification through hypnosis or relaxation/mental imagery.Other ParasomniasHYOPNOGOGIC HALLUCINATIONS AND SLEEP PARALYSISThis phenomenon refers to dreaming while awake and usually occurs just before falling asleep. These dreams can be frightening because the setting reflects reality (i.e., occuring in the bedroom) and the content of the dream is often threatening.Sleep paralysis is the experience of waking up (usually form a dream) and feeling paralyzed, except for being able to breathe and move the eyes.Hypnogogic hallucinations and sleep paralysis may occur together. These conditions are common in people with narcolepsy but can also effect others, particularly people who are sleep-deprived. Although a pretty terrifying event, these events are not physically harmful.NOCTURNAL SEIZURESThese seizures, which occur only during sleep, can cause the victim to cry, scream,walk, run about, or curse. Like other seizures, these are usually treated with medication.RAPID EYE MOVEMENT (REM) BEHAVIORAL DISORDERAll body muscles (except those used in breathing) are normally paralyzed during REM sleep. In some people, usually older men, this paralysis is incomplete or absent, allowing the person to act out dreams. Such dream-related behavior may be violent and cause injury to the victim or bedpartner. Unlike those who experience sleep terrors, the victim will recall vivid dreams. REM sleep behavior disorder can be controlled with medication.SLEEP STARTSMost people have experience the common “motor” sleep start - a sudden, often violent, ***k of the entire body that occurs upon falling asleep. Other forms of sleep starts also occur just as sleep begins such as;visual sleep start - usually a sensation of blinding light coming from inside the eyes or headauditory sleep start - a loud snapping noise that seems to come from inside the headThe different types of sleep starts can be frightening, but these occurences are harmless.TEETH GRINDING (BRUXISM)Grinding teeth during sleep is a very common occurrence and little evidence suggests that teeth grinding is associated with any significant medical or psychological problems. However, severe bruxism may be associated with sleep disruption. A sleep study can determine the degree of disruption. In severe cases, mouth devices may help or reduce dental injury.RHYTHMIC-MOVEMENT DISORDERThis condiion is seen most frequently in young children but may also occur in adults. It takes the form of recurrent headbanging, headrolling, or bodyrocking. The individual also may moan or hum. These activities may occur just before falling asleep or during sleep. Medical or psychological problems are rarely associated with rhythmic-movement disorder. Behavior treatment may be effective in severe cases.SLEEP TALKING (SOMNILOQUY)Sleep talking is a normal phenomenon and is of no medical or psychological importance.*Information taken from ASDA patient info brochure.
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  • I too have had the following when trying to sleep or sleeping:Bright red or white flash behind my eye lids when trying to got sleep. They are blinding.Booms and cracks as im waking up or trying to fall asleep.Sometimes i can hear a wierd tone like a constand EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE sound that changes pitch as i focus on it.I sometimes hear distant voices and sometimes music. I can never make out anything and the music seems so far away.Sometimes i begin to feel the chills then it turns into a feeling of being electrocuted along with a loud roaring sound like a waterfall. It is very unsettling and i tend to fight it but im paralyzed.So i spent some time researching it. Cross reference it with astral travel and hyponogic (i think thats how its spelled) sleep.I have exactly the same symptoms. I find it very unsettling when it happens. There is a loud explosion in my head and I scream out and sometimes I bite my pillow. It feels like the world is ending if I can best describe it. Sometimes I am afraid to go to sleep. I do know that it happens when I am over tired. I will try the Zinc and see how it works.
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  • interesting to find this on the web, I too have experienced the cracking and has happened a number of times, worries me a little but then it doesn't happen for a while. I also suffer from excessive jerking almost every night, a fast buzzing rush to my head, I then ***k my head to almost like shake it of, it happens a good 4-8 times before eventually falling asleep. This has occured nightly for the last 6 months now and does not seem to be going. I have also experienced almost stopping breathing, a panic then gjump out of bed to do anything to change my minds state. Another interesting point to make is that when dreaming they can be so vivid, for example I can almost control what I see touch and read in some dreams, I can go and read a page in a book on a subject I have know nothing about and take in the information, this was really getting to me so I began writing things down that I could hear such as voices etc and it was all weird - in English but didn't really make sence, I could go on but am conscious of sounding weird.And of course, you can sometimes just through time and see the passt or the future. yep. I got it too.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 20, 2008
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  • Exploding Head Syndrome?"Exploding head syndrome is a rare condition first reported by a British physician in 1988 that causes the sufferer to occasionally experience a tremendously loud noise as if from within his or her own head, usually described as an explosion or a roar. For me, it's a quick "snap!" and I'm instantly awake and alert. It's as if I almost died, but I woke up before the flash of light reached me. This usually occurs within an hour or two of falling asleepFor me, it's usually AS I'M FALLING ASLEEP, but every once in a while it will wake me in the middle of the night. Sufferers often feel a sense of terror and anxiety after an attack, accompanied by elevated heart rate. Attacks are also often accompanied by perceived flashes of light or difficulty in breathing. don't forget the RINGING in the ears. What I'm noticing is that I have some kind of control over it. After the first flash wakes me, I can feel it coming on again, but if I open my eyes they can't get me. Just remember that they're cowards and are afraid to face you when you're awake.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 20, 2008
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