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Closed eye visualizations?

Postby Anyone » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:45 am

Last summer I had them on severe sleep deprivation. It felt like when I closed my eyes my body immediately skipped to dreaming, (or something.) It started with me laying with my eyes closed, (awake but relaxed), hungover and then I saw and heard my ceiling light crash to the floor. (It didn't, of course.) With my lovely judgment at the time, I thought it was cool. There were many more to follow during the period of no sleep. Now I'm just curious about them. Anyone ever experienced this?
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Re: Closed eye visualizations?

Postby CrackedGirl » Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:33 pm

I get them when very tired - or what sound similar to you - they are being awake but seeming to dream and are not the same as visual hallucinations. They have always been linked to sleep deprivation for me.

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Re: Closed eye visualizations?

Postby Dark_in_the_Light » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:33 am

Sounds like you're experiencing hypnagogic imagery. Some people have a lot of fun with it. Others get really freaked out. The closest I've come is thinking I'm hearing voices as I fall asleep even though I know there's no one else around me talking. I usually can't tell what they're saying.
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Re: Closed eye visualizations?

Postby sf_raven » Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:14 am

Every night when I close my eyes it does not get dark even though I am in an extremely dark room. It feels like there is a light on. The same thing happens when my eyes are open, but again in an extremely dark room. I wait for 10 minutes to make sure I am not seeing an afterimage.

4 or 5 times the light was extremely bright. With my eyes closed it felt like someone was shining a flashlight into my eyes.

I know that eyelids don't block all light, but as I said the room was always extremely dark.

I had this for 2.5 years. My memory got increasingly bad. After 20 years of taking a med to help me fall asleep, for 1 year I did not need to. Then over a short period of time I had to take more meds than before to fall asleep.

This went away for a couple of months. My memory got back to normal. Now once again the light has started & my memory is getting slightly worse.

I have Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and OCD.

I take lamotrigine, quetiapine, lorazepam, simvastatin & dexilant (similar to Prilosec)

I have a cornea condition though 3 cornea specialists have never heard of this.

It is not hypnagogic -- which would only happen for a short time between awake & asleep.
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