Exploding head syndrome, loud noise, waking up with a bang

If you wake up during sleep with an intensely loud noise, it may be the “exploding head syndrome”. The sound intensity is so high that it wakes you up, as it were, and you are therefore anxious with palpitations. Because it keeps you awake, you can experience a lot of inconvenience. What does this condition mean, what are the typical symptoms and what can be done about it?

Exploding head syndrome

  • Description of the phenomenon
  • Consequences of the condition
  • Problems with the ears
  • Metal storage brain
  • Psychic backgrounds
  • Influence of fears
  • Tips for exploding head syndrome

Description of the phenomenon

The condition can affect anyone, but it seems to mainly affect a large group of people over the age of fifty. The person has just gone to sleep and is in a daze or may already be in a deep sleep. From one moment to the next, the person hears a loud, overpowering bang, such as a door slamming, a gunshot or an explosion. It ensures that the person is immediately awakened from sleep and shows complete alertness.

Consequences of the condition

The unexpected awakening from sleep makes the person extra vigilant. The noise was so present that one was rudely awakened from sleep. As a result, the adrenaline level – as in a dangerous circumstance – immediately increased. In other words, the person will have anxiety, focus on everything in the bedroom and have palpitations. You immediately sit upright in bed and are completely tense.

Problems with the ears

If we hear a loud bang that wakes us up, it seems to be related to the ears. The ear consists of an eardrum, which transmits sound to the ossicles through vibrations. These signals are further transmitted to the cochlea via the hammer and anvil. Overpressure can develop in the ear, for example because the Eustachian tube is closed for too long. If you then swallow in your sleep, that amount of air or water pressure is suddenly released, causing the eardrum to recoil. This should also cause earache or ringing and that does not seem to apply in most cases. In addition, it has also been suggested that there is a tear in the round window membrane in the inner ear. It is said to be accompanied by dizziness and deafness, which does not occur in most people with the phenomenon. What else could it be?

Metal storage brain

Hearing is an important part of our senses. Electrical signals are delivered to the nerves through the ears, which are interpreted by the brain. Axon and myelin are of great importance for this. It forms the highway for signals, where the axon forms the nerve path and the myelin ensures that it sends the signals in the right direction. Due to metals in food, such as aluminum from packaging material or pans in which it is prepared, the share of unwanted substances in the body increases. Metals are not used by the body, but are stored in, for example, the brain. This can create an unwanted balance with the myelin, causing incorrect signals to be sent. In other words, we may hear things that are not there.

Psychic backgrounds

The brain is a complex computer, bringing together images from the past and signals from the present. An unresolved past can have a major influence on how we behave. Due to shocking circumstances, we may have repressed events so that they no longer bother us. The problem is that it can start to fester unconsciously, causing psychological or physical problems to surface. Consider a post-traumatic stress disorder, in which a certain memory takes over during sleep or access to an image is hermetically denied. The psyche builds a barrier before it is shown within a dream. It can be a scary moment, in which the psyche performs a diversionary maneuver by sending an incorrect signal. This causes us to wake up with a start.

Influence of fears

Because you don’t know what is going on, you worry that it is serious. It may make you more tense and less likely to sleep well. It can also make you want to sleep less quickly or not at all. Naturally, this leads to more problems. Stress causes tension, which increases acidity. It causes you to develop aches and pains and other ailments. In addition, the fear can become worse if the phenomenon repeats, making palpitations, for example, more serious.

Tips for exploding head syndrome

Fears cause us to have more tension in the body and also to increase acidity. These have a very negative influence on our functioning. If you suffer from this syndrome, you should not dwell on it for too long. It occurs frequently and no specific medical cause can be identified. In other words, it will continue to happen and there is little you can do about it. Don’t worry, because it has no harmful effects. Just make sure you relax, keeping in mind that it can happen sometimes. By resigning yourself to it, you avoid conditions caused by fears. In addition, deacidification and detoxification of the body can have a beneficial effect. Also read the special body cleansing section.

The previous piece was written based on a series of assumptions based on stated sources. Because no scientific evidence has yet been found for the cause, the above should be read as an indication. It is important to relax and not be anxious if the phenomenon occurs again.

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