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You’re not asleep, but you’re not awake either. What’s the word for that mysterious feeling?

A hypnic jerk is someone you wouldn’t want to share a cab with, right? Actually, it is a feeling that many of us experience nightly.

In “Inception” the dream travelers move from dream to dream via a “kick,” which is like a hypnic jerk. Sleep starts, night starts, or hypnagogic jerks are also names for the feeling of an involuntary myoclonic twitch that happens just as we’re beginning to fall asleep. Myoclonus is when our muscles move suddenly, without any rhythm or pattern. (Find out if the word “inception” actually has anything to do with dreaming, right here.)

Hypnnic jerks happen during hypnagogia, which is a state that occurs between sleep and being fully awake. Some of history’s great thinkers and writers, including Aristotle, and in more recent times, Edgar Allan Poe, have pondered hypnagogia.

Hypnagogic is related to drowsiness, which we often feel profoundly when we are on the brink of sleep. The word drowsy comes from the Old English drusan or drusian, which means “sink” and “to become low, slow, or inactive.”

Interested in more thoughts on sleep and dreams? Read our post in which we discuss oneiromancy, the practice of predicting the future through the interpretation of dreams.

Had any dreams with words in them recently? Those are called hypnagogic images. Share them, and perhaps you can gain some insight from the collective wisdom of your fellow readers.

London, Feb 11 (ANI): The once-rumoured Facebook phone is all set to launch in the UK market. go to website facebook phone number

Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India) February 12, 2011 The website first created for Harvard students in 2004 eventually became a vast global community with 500 million members.

Now, a British mobile phone maker has collaborated with the social networking site to launch the first ‘Facebook phone’, reports the Daily Mail.

London-based INQ Mobile on Thursday revealed two new Android smartphones for the UK market that are designed expressly for 18-28 year-old Facebook users – the INQ Cloud Touch and the INQ Cloud Q.

Up until now, Facebook has consistently denied that it was making a phone.

Now the company has come clean about its plans.

Working closely with the team behind Facebook, INQ has given the home screen a visual feed that lets users quickly access updates, pictures, videos, and other Facebook content.

The phones provide quick links to all the popular Facebook features, including chat, messages, wall postings and notifications.

Facebook messages and instant online chat facilities are what today’s generation now uses for communication.

‘Writing on a (Facebook) wall is as easy as sending text messages,’ said INQ’s co-founder Ken Johnstone.

‘INQ has built an innovative and easy to use set of features that enable people to use common Facebook interactions such as viewing photos and videos, chat, message, and check-in to their favourite businesses all from the home screen,’ said Henri Moissinac, head of mobile business for Facebook, in a statement. go to website facebook phone number

Facebook Places is accessible directly from the home screen, giving people the ability to use the feature to check in at stores, restaurants, clubs, and other spots.

Facebook’s Events feature is also available to let people schedule events and sync them with Google Calendar.

And instead of requiring users to log onto each feature separately, the phones offer a single sign-on to access all of the Facebook features available, said INQ.

The Cloud Touch is powered by a Qualcomm 600MHz 7227 chipset and offers a 3.5-inch HGVA touch screen, 4MB of memory with an option to add more, and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera.

Also built into the phone are Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, GPS, an FM radio, an accelerometer, and a compass.

The cost of the phones has yet to be revealed but it is thought the price will be set low to attract teenagers.

INQ said the Cloud Touch would be on sale from April, with the Cloud Q launched in the third quarter.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Asian News International.

For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com

98 Comments

  1. Brittany -  July 11, 2014 - 3:29 am

    I guess you could say that I’m sleep deprived and you could say that I sleep to much. I don’t know if either of these have anything to do with what happened, but I would love to know. Last night I didn’t know what was happening and was very scared. I physically woke up and was “awake” but my mind felt like it was still sleeping. I couldn’t tell if I was awake or asleep. I was panicking and didn’t know what was going on with my body. Is there a name for this or any scientific name?

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  2. Tech and pen -  May 12, 2014 - 12:08 am

    Sometimes when I have trouble falling asleep, right when I am about to fall fully asleep I am still partially conscious, but the part of me that is asleep gives me a sort of mini dream, where I feel like I’m about to fall. then I wake up before I fall, right in that moment of panic. It’s really fascinating but it wakes me up again.

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    • Aaron -  May 17, 2014 - 5:13 pm

      Hi. its called Astral projection..go on youtube and look for spirit science. He has vids to explain it..but basicly i wish i could do that…i keep trying to sleep while concious. ur so lucky

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      • Dee -  August 13, 2014 - 8:46 pm

        You may want to read the following post as well:

        Dee – August 13, 2014 – 8:44 pm

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    • Dee -  August 13, 2014 - 8:46 pm

      You may want to read the following post as well:

      Dee – August 13, 2014 – 8:44 pm

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  3. DemiSherLokiWizard21 -  March 21, 2014 - 6:28 am

    Jessica,
    Just because some people talk about God does not mean that all Christians are like that! Please don’t be stereotypical.

    Also, I kinda wish I could have a lucid dream!

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  4. Queen P -  January 9, 2014 - 5:13 am

    I encounter all of these stages daily; I receive a great deal of wisdom this way. Typically it’s been accurate. I believe its a way for me to be unattached to emotions and logically analyze situations or things shared by others or simply those unspoken but very present words of the spirit. I welcome dreaming….

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  5. Kaitlyn -  September 7, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    Wow; I have experienced everything mentioned in this article. Most of my stories are about me being in hypnagogia. I experience a lot of this state, because I force myself to stay up past what my body can handle, due to school work. While in hypnagogia I’ve taking tests, studied foreign languages, and done various other things. Lately, I find that I am doing a spider solitaire game in my head nearly perfectly. (This happens frequently right before I fall asleep.) It really freaks me out. One time my brother told me to focus and I tried to use my hand to focus my face like a camera. xD

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  6. luvmonkey -  June 13, 2013 - 5:11 pm

    I had a dream where I was standing on the front porch of the house I lived in. I was close to the edge of the porch and stepped backwards a little, thinking I had more room. I felt my foot hit the edge of the porch and suddenly I was falling backwards. I braced myself, knowing that the fall wasn’t that long but anticipating that it would, at least, knock the wind out of me. I woke up bouncing on my bed like I’d just fallen onto it. I am relieved to find that it is a common occurence and that I wasn’t cracking up.

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  7. Sleep Answer -  April 25, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    Thanks for your excellent posting!
    I definitely enjoyed reading it, you could be a great article writer.
    Keep up with the great writing, have a nice day!

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  8. Allen -  November 14, 2012 - 2:16 am

    I might find the cure for hypnic jerks. My theory is extreme fear therefore we have this for a long time. Another theory is being stuck in the first stage sleep and then swapping from stage 2 diverting back to 1. I don’t know but I have this problem ,and I got it after watching some demonic videos and then I went to sleep all scared for only this to began to occur. I been having this problem for the past 5 months now. I don’t know it was because of the supplementation or the fear…

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  9. Jessica -  November 12, 2012 - 11:52 pm

    Johanna, The only people who are possessed by demons are the people who go around telling people they are possessed. Dreams are beautiful and Godly. If it was a good thing for you that’s amazing! I would love to experience a dream like yours!

    As for the people who are calling it possession. Perhaps you’re right. but if you’re not what an awful thing to be wrong about. If you’re wrong you’re spreading a terrible lie. That’s the thing about Christians, they go around shoving their crazy beliefs on people ignorantly, not knowing or caring if what they say is actually true like brain washed robots. How do you know it wasn’t a gift of the holy spirit? If anything it’s a gift. Go around cursing people, like the Salem witch trials, with darkness in you’re heart, if anyone has a demon its you. — Viorelas,, you’re comment: Extremely Creepy. Like I was all oh what a beautiful dream, then I read you’re comment, I was all woahh this person has some issues. make sure you shut all the doors to you’re mind so the demons don’t get you. wtf. Some people, I sweaaar.

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  10. Danielle -  November 7, 2012 - 2:48 am

    Hello my name is danielle and I need help. For the lastfew years I have been incountering breif dreams when I didn’t realize I fell asleep. During these dreams I am. Trying to wake up scream something to try and wake myself up. Everytime I am scared because I hear noises, see black shadows, or hear evil voices but not making it clear what has been said. I am dreaming but in my dream I am in the same position I was when I wake up. When I think I am calling for help I haven’t even moved in reality.

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    • Tech and pen -  May 12, 2014 - 12:03 am

      That sounds scary… :/

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    • Jace -  May 13, 2014 - 7:29 pm

      This sounds like something called wake induced lucid dreaming, it probably is if you couldn’t move when it was happening. But when going into the dream you start having hallucinations.

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    • Dee -  August 13, 2014 - 8:44 pm

      This could just be a dream. But when you say you are in the same position when you wake up (and other comments) suggest it might be something I’ve experienced. When I was 11, I ‘awoke’ in the middle of the night. I was looking up at the ceiling but could not make out the surface, It seemed grayed out and as if it was not solid (If that makes sense). I was (further) puzzled that when I looked towards my brother’s side of the room that I could not see him. While still laying down I looked outside our door and could see the light on, but everything seemed grayed out, like there was no color. I then rolled over on one side and could see my brother, but I was several feet above him on my side of the room.

      Here is the scary part. I then looked “down” below me and could see myself in my bed, asleep. At that point panic set in and it was like I was trying to dig my way through thick mucky air, trying to get to my brother (who is 1 year older) but I was getting nowhere. The harder I tried to move, the harder it was to move my ‘arms’. Then all of the sudden I was looking upwards towards the ceiling above my body and I could sense movement. It was almost like a dizzy feeling. A ‘moment’ later I opened my eyes, and I knew this because I could really see things (i.e. color). At the same time I sat up in bed, my heart was racing and I was breathing as fast as I could. It was almost as if I was holding my breath the entire time.

      I did not tell anyone of that experience until I was 31, but while still a kid (i.e. months later) I went to the school library and tried to ‘research’ the experience. I knew I found the right book as soon as I saw the cover. It had a man pictured in the foreground, with a body floating in the background. It was a book an astral projection. I read the book and was able to reproduce an experience indicated in the book where it feels like my whole body is vibrating. I could do this in the middle of the day after laying down for just 5 minutes. And I could doe it repeatedly. The book explains this is a result of the physical and spiritual selves being at different energy levels. But I was too scared to be able to relax enough so that the two selves separate, which is the state I was in as described in the opening paragraph. This is the step (relaxing to the point of separation) the book says is need to experience true astral projection.

      I eventually gave up on this until I was into my adult live, years after I turned 31. I was again able to reproduce the vibrations, but even then the memory of the original experience was bothering me. I believe I was afraid that I would not make it back to my body. Is that what happens when people die for no apparent reason? I could write a book about this but will instead close with some important (at least in my mind) points:

      1: I believe (and have read) that this experience is something that occurs when we are on the edge of falling to sleep. And that is the problem because more often than not we just slip into the deep sleep we are striving for.

      2: Even now, decades after telling someone about my experience, I can still reproduce the vibration state. However, I now have elevated blood pressure, which makes falling to sleep more difficult. I also have years of workplace discrimination weighing on me, which makes falling to sleep difficult. Sleeping became such a problem recently that I started taking Ambien. But all is not lost and I hope to renew my personal research into this issue. My goal is to loose weight (through exercise) and get my blood pressure back under control. This should also make the workplace less stressful. And I realize that whether a situation is good or bad, the one thing that is guaranteed is “change”.

      3: I ‘wake up’ with the exact symptoms you experience. I found that the more you struggle, the longer it will take to wake up. What I have learned to do is relax instead. Focus on trying to move a finger. If you are patient about it, you will either fall back asleep and wake up normally, or slowly wake from the experience. So the less you struggle against it, the easier it is to wake up. I do realize fear comes into play here, so you have to work on controlling you mind. I do so now, but not as much as before and my episodes are less frequent now.

      4: In the early days of the internet (around 1996 or so), I tried to find the book online that I had found when I was 11. I actually found (and since lost) the information. I also found (and since lost) a website on the subject. On the website, the author’s daughter was trying to discredit the author, who was in fact a doctor. But there are other books on the subject for anyone who is interested.

      5: There are many who will read this who will say I am a bit crazy, so let me add this. A little over a decade ago I was getting very poor medical care at a hospital in Rochester Minnesota. As part of that care I was asked to take home a device that measured blood oxygen levels while I slept. This was to determine if I suffered from sleep apnea, but it was really an exercise in wasting my time. When I later met with the doctor to discuss the results, after indicating the oxygen levels were all within the normal range he stated something to the effect of, “what about the vibrations?” I had not realized that I had gone through an ‘experience’ during the night I was on the machine. My response was, “what vibrations?” I wanted to see what he knew about the subject. But he instead dropped the subject. He then suggested I come back for an overnight stay in the hospital for a more involved study. Since they were not addressing the real medical issue I reported, I never went back. Another reason for not going back was, even if they gained valuable information on the vibrations from my overnight stay, it was information they were not likely to share with me.

      6: Although I do believe that this is something everyone experiences, most just simply fall to sleep and are oblivious to it. I felt that I was one of the special ones who believe in the existence of astral projection and would some day master it. Then a week or so ago I found the following book, “DMT: The Spirit Molecule”. I have not read it, but it is related the subject I am discussing here. The information suggests doctors have discovered a drug that induces the astral projection experience. I hope to get through the book in a month or so. But I believe they are trying to indicate the experience is really just a hallucination. However, when I was 11, waking up and seeing my brother’s body in the exact same position he was in during my ‘hallucination’ suggests otherwise. The hallucination effect would also not explain the vibrations, that I was able to reproduce repeatedly when I was a kid. And these are vibrations that likely have been recorded during thousands of overnight oximetry tests.

      7: There was a least one other reference to astral projection on this page. But it is like a lot of things, you will never believe it until you experience it for yourself.

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  11. Killa-King1 -  May 22, 2012 - 8:40 am

    I just hate having bad dreams because dreams are like bad signs- and it’s very scary i like dreams good because it will continue the creation! Also that it will keep going.

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    • Dee -  August 13, 2014 - 10:29 pm

      Waking to a bad dream normally mean you wake to a bad attitude. And then you have to get ready for work. One days I realize this I am able to attribute the bad attitude to the bad dream and the bad attitude is soon history. So when you sake with a bad attitude and you have no good reason for it, it might just be that you had a bad dream, and to date they have had no baring on what took place in the workplace.

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  12. Kenzie -  April 29, 2012 - 11:44 pm

    I used to have these jerks when I had Tourette’s but only when I was about to fall asleep and have been getting them again… I got rid of Tourette’s by not thinking about it but can it come back? I wander.

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  13. The Cheshire Cat -  April 28, 2012 - 1:28 pm

    I like dreams when I have them, and I wake up, laugh lightheartedly, and that’s it. Sometimes I have strange and funny dreams. I tell my friends, they tell me theirs, ha ha. But when I see dreams of other people’s on the computer, or am reading explanations of them, I get this eerie feeling….

    I had a strange dream with the Cheshire cat from Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland saying hi, then the setting changed and I was flying over a forest and who should I meet but the Cheshire cat flying in an airplane next to me. Then at the end there was a diploma that sid “You are the official scholar of Anarctica” and I was thinking how stupid that was…and I look at the bottom and guess whose signature?

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  14. Neal -  January 23, 2012 - 4:29 pm

    This page is further proof that the mind is much more powerful than we give it credit for. Most people use 10% of the brain that is in fact consciously usable. We’ve often heard 10% of the entire brain; but we use much less than that. It is possible, via health choices, mental exercise and so forth, to widen our perception and capabilities. Neurological misfunction can trick us into thinking someone/something else is in our head. Science provides evidence that this is most often related to a change which our bodies does not expect; not something foreign actually being there. My advice is this: If you feel a sudden change that you don’t like, seek medical help, eat better, drink lots of water, exercise regularly (mentally and physically) and/or get plenty of sleep. If the change is desirable, do what you want. But gaining medical or spiritual advice from someone who is not qualified to give that advice is foolish. Trial and error is the most reliable basis for finding cure. Don’t listen to someone who has not had ample experience in dealing with such things. You may end up hurting yourself at their whim. Don’t.

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  15. Adam -  January 22, 2012 - 10:05 pm

    If lucid dreaming and hypnagogia interests y’all, look up the pineal gland, the third eye, and DMT: The Spirit Molecule. You will not regret it ;)

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  16. my nm iz nt suzin -  January 21, 2012 - 4:38 am

    Lucid dreams are scary to me. Or maybe I’m not having a lucid dream. I know I’m dreaming, but I can’t move myself to wake up. Or maybe my home is haunted? Because there always feels like something or someone is present when it happens.

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    • Jace -  May 13, 2014 - 7:35 pm

      Probably just something called sleep paralysis.

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  17. Devin -  October 31, 2011 - 9:46 pm

    And ‘JC Nipp’, you claim to be annoyed by posts and articles ‘rife with spelling errors’, yet your comment is an incredible example of gramatical errors and a lack of comma usage and capitalization; so much to the point that your comment is almost incomprehensible.

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  18. Devin -  October 31, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Oftentimes I have dreams where I will be composing song lyrics, and as I am not a lyricist and don’t really have any inclination to be, these dreams are rather strange. In my dream I will fully believe myself to be awake, and I’ll think ‘I need to write this down so I do not forget, because this has happened before’. When I wake I am disappointed to find that in reality I had not been awake, and I can’t remember the lyrics for the life of me; though one time I could remember the gyst of what the song was about. Any thoughts? Or at least could somebody tell me that this is somewhat normal….? :)

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  19. Brian Eargle -  October 25, 2011 - 7:13 am

    The state between awake and asleep sounds much like the daytime side of sleep apnea, in which an awake person loses consciousness for a split second, but immediately returns to an “adrenalinized” wakefulness.

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  20. Olivia -  October 23, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    This has actually happened to me many times. i’ll be just about to fall asleep then I’ll have a sudden feeling that I tripped and am falling, and I’ll jerk awake.
    Weird!!!!

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  21. miku -  October 18, 2011 - 6:06 pm

    i had i dream i was falling and then i jerked as if i had fell it was pretty funny lol

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  22. SAGirl -  October 16, 2011 - 10:16 am

    Sometimes I will fall asleep reading a book, and in my dream I’m still reading the same book, only my dreams warp the plot, so I have to reread where I stopped to figure out when exactly I fell asleep.

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  23. Jc Nipp -  October 14, 2011 - 1:40 pm

    of course like your website however you have to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very bothersome to inform the reality on the other hand I’ll certainly come again again.

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  24. Michela -  September 24, 2011 - 11:07 am

    I read somewhere that dreams are random electrical signals going through your brain, and whenever they go through a connection between two brain cells, something related to that connection appears in your dream. For example, if an electrical signal goes through the connection that “bananas are yellow”, then a banana will appear in your dream. It would explain why dreams are so weird and why you dream about things that you think about a lot. I don’t know if this is true, does anyone have anything to say about this?

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  25. gary -  September 4, 2011 - 10:55 pm

    The way you feel at work around mid-afternoon.

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  26. Son of Thunder -  September 3, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    Pure NARCOLEPSY!!! You dream goats. That is what you are blogging about in your tripe. From what you’ve blogged above:

    All I see is confusion;
    in the midst of delusion,
    mundane and nothing more.

    Read the “Raven” and let EAP tittle your dreamy worlds.

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  27. NoNYABiZNips -  August 14, 2011 - 1:03 pm

    I Be leave in this stuff to bcuz sometime i go t sleep and im floating above my body watching my self sleep while i was floating on the ceiling! Its true and weird. And those leg jerks r realy scary:l & u other people r some real azes 4 leaving wat u did!

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  28. Rachel B. -  June 3, 2011 - 8:29 am

    It seems to me that in all of my dreams, I always end up killing some sort of authority figure. Is it just me, or does anyone else also have dreams like this. Also, I find that I also get brutally murdered in other’s dreams. Is it just me, Or does someone really not like me…?

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  29. Karen -  April 5, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    I sometimes dream that I trip and am going to bash into the ground or that I walk into a door and I will actually jerk or put my arms out to stop myself and end up waking myself up.
    It’s actually kind of scary to dream of tripping and falling on grass then waking up lying down on grass after you’ve fallen asleep there.

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  30. Astronom -  March 25, 2011 - 9:32 pm

    I find it disheartening that most of the people commenting on Dictionary.com’s HotWord blogs are ignoramuses.

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  31. Andrew -  February 25, 2011 - 7:45 pm

    I had a dream that everyone I knew was killed my a serial killer. They were invited to a party – and then I watched the room fill up with cyanide gass….I watched there faces as they died, and I couldn’t do anything. Then, it changed and I was on top of the vatican dome and all the people you see randomly anywhere were right behind me. A preist was next to me. Then, the preist looked at me and nodded and I was trying to stop him, but he just started walking towards the edge. The 4th psalm flashed through my mind and then everyone else started walking towards the edge…and then I woke up. But What does it mean!?!?!?!??!

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  32. Alex -  February 22, 2011 - 10:48 am

    I think dreams are one of, if not the, most interesting things about human minds. They have surprisingly large amounts of depth and detail, and often a plot better than some books I have read. I once dreamed that I was smoking a cigarette, something which I have never done. It was so realistic, that, I still have never even tried smoking, due to not liking it in the dream. I don’t understand how the mind can invent the feelings and senses in a dream with such ease, when consciously it is a lot harder to imagine things.

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  33. Constance -  January 20, 2011 - 7:29 am

    Well, this is one term I won’t be using to describe myself… even if it is true :)

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  34. Gargi -  January 15, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Even I am a hypnic jerk!
    lol

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  35. Cat -  January 10, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    I always dream, I have recently had sevreal visions, My sister is a minister. She tells me that I am speaking in tongues. This is not uncommn. I do have a family history of unusual happeings.

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  36. Noir Schist -  January 2, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    In your entry, “hypnagogia” is a word, yet when I want to add it to my favourites list it’s not, apparently. What’s up with that?

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  37. Rachel U. -  December 6, 2010 - 5:43 pm

    I had a dream last nite, which was put into two segments or chapters, since they do that sometimes, you know. Anyway, in the first chapter, I opened the newspaper and on the front page there was a clear glass jar, with a heart inside. <3 that heart not the one in a humans body. Creepy!
    In the 2nd chapter, I was in a tree so high that you could see the whole world, and I spat downwards while at the top, and called down to a friend of mine and asked whether I hit her. Unfortunately, I missed. <3 As strange as they may be, can any one find a meaning behind them? Or explain why dreams are sometimes put into chapters/segments?

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  38. BLah -  November 29, 2010 - 10:22 pm

    I don’t think god had anything to do with things in people’s dreams. I think it’s just called a dream.

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  39. Autumn -  November 29, 2010 - 6:45 pm

    Johanna, are you aware that God has been described as being what you described the man in your dream to be? :D

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  40. Kathryn Kearney -  November 29, 2010 - 1:36 pm

    @Joanna, your dream sounds kind of like a love story, where your lover is asking for your acceptance, which you then give. (“Alright. Then my answer is also yes, you have my permission to entire my mind as far as you’d like.”) It’s like your mind is a metaphor (I think that’s the right word…) for your heart.
    I find your dream really interesting. There’s loads of different ways to interpret what happened. I hope you found my interpretation useful :)

    -Kathryn

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  41. dalekia -  November 24, 2010 - 8:23 pm

    Ha ha! Lol. Go Bodi!

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  42. Bodi -  November 24, 2010 - 1:53 pm

    @ Yinka. You are using complete and utter conjecture when saying such juvenile and imaginary things as, “I’m afraid you may have opened yourself to demonic possession.” Or “God made you to use your head and not act solely on some ‘deeply rooted intuition’”. Forcing your beliefs upon people and insinuating that they are “possessed” is pure ignorance and just rude by nature. I could sit here and explain to you the fact that your beliefs are nothing more than fairy-tales written by ingenious liars and con-men through out the last two millennia but that would merely be stooping to your level, so, have a nice day.

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  43. Aleydis Sinclaire -  November 19, 2010 - 11:09 am

    Whoever writes these articles is fantastic; I’d originally come here to look up a word, but (as the writers intended, I’m certain) I got sidetracked into reading an article about euphony, and how people could see tastes, hear colors, and taste sounds…I don’t actually remember how much I read (I think there was actually another article between reading that one and THIS one) but the prose was so well-written that I was engrossed in reading it…and even the subsequent comments! This last one, however, was so good I felt compelled to comment on it…

    The actual COMMENT:
    @Johanna: That could actually be the conflict or plot for a novel …It reminded me a little of Twilight, but I think, if you developed that idea a little more, you could actually have a hell of an a original story on your hands… In fact, I may have to usurp it myself… (just kidding!)

    @Article Writer: I’ve always wondered what that state of consciousness was called…Thanks! lol

    @Waldo Pepper: Wow…haha

    –Fin– haha

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  44. Sara -  November 18, 2010 - 11:58 am

    You should make up the rest, or write a book about it. Or something:)

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  45. Joseph -  November 8, 2010 - 11:41 am

    When falling asleep, I used to scratch my face or forehead since childhood, even blooding, so the next day I look as if beaten up. Whenever I go to sleep, I always remember to wrap my hands in the cover sheet or hide it under the pillow to make sure i won’t hurt myself. Despite all precautions, I am having a fresh scar right on my forehead, the latest scratch hurt me so bad that I woke and put some ointment on the wound. It’ll take days to heal. And as usual, people don’t believe my story. They say, oh, sure, we know what happened! But you believe me, don’t you?

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  46. louis paiz -  November 8, 2010 - 9:49 am

    i once had a dream and it was that i was declamming a poem and it was like this fame is compared with a river that borned in the up mighty hills as a little drop of water and grow as a mithty river when goes into the sea.and the name that i woke-up with in my lips was agfaganesh.i did not what it menas but i was very please and stiil iam when repeted. thanks

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  47. saskia -  November 7, 2010 - 1:49 pm

    i think thats really cool, i have always had hipnagogia but i never knew what it was, and i always thought i was the only one with it…now i know im not an oddball!

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  48. Cyberquill -  November 7, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    Hypnagogic jerk? Hypnic jerk? Hypnnic jerk? Which is it?

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  49. Wienerschnitzel -  October 25, 2010 - 3:18 am

    Johanna’s dream was great, and lucid.

    You all should read “The Art of Dreaming” by Carlos Castaneda… A real practical guide to some real intense lucid dreaming exercises anyone can do. They take lots of practice and discipline, but they are real and you can experience them.

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  50. vera -  October 24, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    state in between sleep and wakefulness: reverie?

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  51. K -  October 24, 2010 - 10:18 am

    Your definition of hypnagogia: “a state that occurs between sleep and being fully awake” does not match the definition at the link you provide: “the drowsy period between wakefulness and sleep”.

    The dictionary says it happens as we go to sleep, your casual description claims it happens as we wake up.

    Sounds like your writer needs to wake up!

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  52. Jenna -  October 24, 2010 - 7:58 am

    When I was young, despite living in Ohio were few storms materizlized, I had many dreams of tornado events, the only mild disruption in my happy 1950′s childhood. In one, I was running into an abandoned house as the funnel approached and although I tried to pull myself down the basement stairs, my feet started lifting up behind me and over my head. The funnel passed and I was safe, but a horrible feeling of near death and total panic stayed with me for decades whenever I thought of that dream.

    Years later, when I saw the movie Twister, I cried in shock and
    felt the same extreme fear and terror as the stars strapped themselves
    to a well head and the were pulled upward by the direct hit of the
    tornado.

    So how could a child experience exactly the feelings and have the
    lasting terror of such a unique situation?

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  53. Richard erea -  October 24, 2010 - 7:26 am

    How about ,what is lucid dreaming?

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  54. Jank -  October 24, 2010 - 1:09 am

    Hypnagogic state while entering sleep and hypnopompic state when emerging from it. In sleep studies, one does something such as holding an arm up, bent at the elbow. When it falls, it wakes the person. That way, one can learn to remain in the hypnagogic state, a place of visual weirdness.

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  55. Bradley -  October 23, 2010 - 5:27 pm

    Yep. That place just as soon as our present awareness, say a memory, or, the current state of satisfaction by an experience becomes dreaming. It’s so cool. That daytime being conscious but not really paying attention to anything is really cool. It feels like flying.

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  56. Marziedoates -  October 23, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    I enjoyed this blog very much, I found it to be very informative and thought provoking.

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  57. Dan -  September 27, 2010 - 1:43 pm

    I always thought the feeling before falling into REM was called Sleep Paralysis where the persons entire body become paralyzed (this happens so when one IS dreaming, your sleeping body doesn’t move as drastically when you’re running or doing any intense activity in the dream). I know, however, some people don’t even get the opportunity to feel sleep paralysis because they have already passed the Hypnagogia stage, and by then you’re consciousness is far far away preparing for dream land… lol.

    Anyways, if there isn’t an article about sleep paralysis, I recommend someone write one. This is the technique I use to become lucid in my dreams. Oneironaugts are very aware of sleep paralysis (most, like me, use this to become lucid in their dreams too).

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  58. Waldo Pepper -  September 7, 2010 - 11:59 am

    Remember, if you grab Freddy Krueger in your dreams and hold on to him whilst you awaken, you bring him into the waking world.

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  59. GrayKat -  September 6, 2010 - 12:54 am

    I need neither narrow-minded pseudo-gods nor sanctimonious twits telling me what to do with my dream conversations. The only true demons live in the minds of those numbed by falsehoods.

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  60. yag tap -  September 5, 2010 - 5:48 pm

    This all sounds so similar to an explanation of Alzheimers!

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  61. errihu -  August 9, 2010 - 8:48 pm

    Well, I wouldn’t put too much stock in dreams, but for Johanna, I would say if it’s so concerned about consent, it’s probably not inimicable. Inimicable things would most likely barge right in, whether you want them to or not.

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  62. STU -  August 3, 2010 - 7:42 pm

    the worst part is where you kick the seat of the person in front of you!!

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  63. anyways... -  August 2, 2010 - 11:32 am

    Interesting article. I find dreams and anything related to them to be a vast portal to a strange universe of which little is known. Honestly, I hate dreams. Their strange aura and the depressing, life-absorbing abilities are quite a turn-off. But I can’t live without them. I just hate how strange they are.

    I like that I finally know the term for this. Hypnic jerk. My Dad is one. And I hate awaking in class suddenly to embarass myself :)

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  64. Artemisia -  July 31, 2010 - 11:27 am

    Yinka: so quick to call dream visitor a demon? Hmm. It’s how our human brains label images. One night I rubbed medicinal cream into aching wrists, feeling self-pity. Later I dreamed I was doing the same thing and a very tall feminine figure appeared wrapped in dazzling light and asked me “Are you having a problem?” Stunned I could only say “No, not really.” She said “Very well” and was gone…to the next person asking for relief of greater pain? Not a demon, but an angel…a spirit my human brain interpreted through visual labels derived from experience of art. Intense prayer in times of trouble brings dreams of comfort via familiar images. Truly, we are never alone. You, on the other hand, would burn me, along with Anna and Joanna, as a witch.

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  65. Tracie -  July 30, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    This may or may not be true…but I have heard that hypnic jerks happen when your body is so relaxed, your brain is unsure whether or not you are dead, so it sends out an electrical impulse through your body to see if it gets a response. The jerk lets your brain know that you are still alive.

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  66. Grace -  July 30, 2010 - 10:09 am

    “Hypnagogic state”–good to know the word for this! A more beautiful-sounding word for this, though, in my opinion, comes from the South Sami language of Norway: “Adjagas”–between sleep and wakefulness. ;-)

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  67. LearieHolt -  July 30, 2010 - 9:40 am

    I’m glad I saw this post, I’ve always wondered why sometimes as I drift into sleep I suddenly jerk out of it. I’ve been so emabarassed on several occassion in public, esp in class.

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  68. THE OBVIOUS -  July 29, 2010 - 4:18 pm

    It’s how I feel reading this lousy blog. BORING! But the losers who comment are such a trainwreck I can’t quite look away.

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  69. rrorty -  July 29, 2010 - 3:30 pm

    To yinka and mercurio:

    As beautiful and poetic as your interpreations of Anna’s and Joanna’s dreams are, I am rather esceptic of taking them as important or literal truths-specially in the case of the purpoted demonic possesio-. Recent scientific discoveries tell us that dreams are most likely an evolutionary tool we developed in order to cope with problems that require prolonged, deep, and undisrubed thought, in order to make sense of them. For example if you need to make a very important life decision, solve a very diffucult equation or figure out an ending for your short story, your mind will be working out a solution even while you sleep. Asides from this, dreams also seemed necessary for the solidificaiton of new memories. In other words if you don’t sleep well before an exam you probably won’t be as succesful

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  70. John -  July 28, 2010 - 10:08 pm

    I love the information given here it is of much value.

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  71. eddi -  July 28, 2010 - 9:42 pm

    yes

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  72. Mercurious -  July 28, 2010 - 1:20 pm

    Anna wrote: I had a dream last night that I was reading a monologue out loud, or a poem, and I said something about how “I was learning how our bodies worked with our souls as souvenirs”. I woke up and wrote it down, but I wish I remembered the whole monologue. Any thoughts?”
    .
    Anna, you are the ultimate judge of meaning in your dreams but try this on and see if it resonates with you. –Souvenirs are things we often collect when we are away from our home, on journeys of some kind. In this dream, the soul is recognizing it is journeying in a far land, and that the body is something it has ‘collected’ as a token of its stay here in a material body. You were reading a poem or monologue because it is the soul having a conversation with itself; there is not ‘another’ outside it to hold this conversation with, the soul encompasses the ALL so of course we talk to ourselves. It is also poetic in that the wisdom of all this is imaginative/intuitive/subjective, not something empirical that can be proven to another. So you were the soul conversing with itself as part of the ALL, recognizing its estrangement from its true Home, and seeing it as part of an ongoing process of learning and getting familiar with these ideas so foreign to us in waking life.–Hope that helps!

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  73. Rachelle -  July 28, 2010 - 9:34 am

    Yinka, if that were to be the case, she would only be demonically possessed in her dream, which isn’t reality (I think?)…if it’s anything spiritually related, she was probably given a gift by God or something. I saw “Inception” and it was pretty interesting, I want to see it again…I’m in a philosophy class, so now the concepts of reality and dreams are even more fascinating.

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  74. yinka -  July 28, 2010 - 9:05 am

    (SORRY I CORRECTED SOME ERRORS IN MY PREVIOUS COMMENT TO MAKE READABLE)
    johanna, i’m afraid u may have opened urself to demonic possession. God made u to use your head and not act solely on some “deeply rooted intuition”. The only other means of direction God left 4 his children is Holy spirit. The experience narrated by u has no resemblance with the workings of the Holy spirit as narrated in the book of Acts of the Apostles. Pls read through d book of Act & pls seek help

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  75. yinka -  July 28, 2010 - 9:01 am

    johanna, i’m afraid u may have opened urself to demonic possession. God made u to use your head and not act solely on some “deeply rooted intuition”. The only other means of direction God left 4 his children and his Holy spirit. The experience narrated by u has no resemblance with the workings of the Holy spirit as narrated in the book of Acts of the Apostles. Pls read through d book of Act & pls seek help

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  76. Sharif Khan -  July 28, 2010 - 6:23 am

    Sounds more like a lucky fly to me. :)

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  77. Jeff -  July 28, 2010 - 5:32 am

    I tried looking up hypnagogia on dictionary.com and it claimed no such word exists. Hmmm….

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  78. neda wajinal hyeerr -  July 28, 2010 - 3:21 am

    I just got a fly in my eye and when I took it out it was alive so I laid it on my desk and it just flew away

    I wonder if that was mere hypnagogia?

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  79. johanna -  July 28, 2010 - 3:12 am

    I recently had a dream in which a clear telepathic conversation took place that has not faded in my memory… a man over ten feet tall and glowing with ethereal light asked me without moving his mouth, “Are you aware that you have opened yourself so that I can hear all of your thoughts? Are you aware that I can hear your thoughts right now, even as we speak?”
    I answered, also without opening my mouth, “I am aware that I have asked for this.”
    Then he said, “I will proceed no further into your mind until you give me your conscious consent. My intention in entering your thoughts is to aid you in understanding them.”
    I asked, “Do you love me? Can I trust you?”
    “Yes.”
    “Alright. Then my answer is also yes, you have my permission to entire my mind as far as you’d like.”

    The dream ended there. Since then my waking thoughts have taken on a new feeling… I no longer have the sense that I am digging through a dense jungle of distractions in my mind to come to understandings; calculation and deduction are no longer useful tools. Rather, thoughts arise which are anchored by deeply rooted intuition which knows what it knows without the need for logic and has not failed me once.

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  80. adam -  July 28, 2010 - 2:19 am

    WOW im a jerk and a hypnic one

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  81. Viorelas -  July 28, 2010 - 1:04 am

    Well, oineromancy as all the occult is dangerous. Want any guests in your body and mind? Do it. But devils are not very good guests, because they tend not to leave, but live when they get open doors.

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  83. Alan Turner -  July 28, 2010 - 12:35 am

    Christy, at the top of the page there is a word called ‘previous’. You put the cursor on it and left click and you will find yourself on whatever page you want. A bit like being in a dream.

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  84. Christy -  July 28, 2010 - 12:20 am

    I wish that there is a way that I could go back and review your past “HOT WORD” from a few days back as I never got the chance to do so and I find it very useful, entertaining and informative.

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  85. Alan Turner -  July 27, 2010 - 11:42 pm

    Driving home from work and suddenly you’re home is called ‘driving without due care and attention’

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  86. Robert -  July 27, 2010 - 9:46 pm

    Maybe you’re daydreaming, or in a form of hypnosis. Like driving home from work when you’re not really paying attention to how you got home, but suddenly you’re home.

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  87. Moon -  July 27, 2010 - 9:23 pm

    So the word for that situation is dream?

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  88. superDYOSA -  July 27, 2010 - 8:22 pm

    so, this means i’m a hypnic jerk… now, i know the term. thanks! =)

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  89. Anna -  July 27, 2010 - 7:53 pm

    I had a dream last night that I was reading a monologue out loud, or a poem, and I said something about how “I was learning how our bodies worked with our souls as souveniers”. I woke up and wrote it down, but I wish I remembered the whole monologue. Any thoughts?

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