While wrapping up a recent office visit with a Sleep Evaluation doctor, I asked one last question.
I told him that on occasion I will be sound asleep and will awake suddenly (and rather violently) after hearing a very extra loud noise, quite like a gunshot had gone off in my room, right near my head or in my bed. But there is nothing there – no falling walls, no armed robbery, no truck backfiring in my bed, no gongs, no nothing.
”Have you heard of this?“ I asked. His eyes raised with excitement.
”OH!“, he said, ”You have EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME!“ I immediately laughed and thought he was teasing me, but he confidently confirmed that this syndrome is in fact a real thing. When he told me it was very rare, I became a little bit happy. Something that is rare, yet benign, is perfect!
Needless to say, I immediately googled EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME. This is what I learned:
The syndrome was first reported by a British physician in 1988. Characterized by an exploding noise in the head, EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME awakens the individual after about two hours of sleep. The sound is easily distinguishable from a dream. There is no pain involved, only anxiety after the attack, perhaps shortness of breath or rapid heartbeat. This syndrome may or may not be seen in one's family history, and many of the sufferers experience migraine or epilepsy in their lives as well. Thus far there is no medical explanation for the syndrome. Some have suggested that it may be related to the middle ear and others have considered it might be a minor seizure in the temporal lobe, effecting the nerve cells used for hearing.
Interestingly, some who experience ”Kundalini“ events have reported the same symptom. These have included crackling noises at the base of the neck or unexplained headaches. Their teachers ask that they be cautious about attributing these symptoms to rising kundalini energy, because you know, it could very well be EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME, or like, neuralgia or something.
Please note that EHS does not, in fact, cause the head to explode.
Also, I think whenever anyone writes EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME anywhere, they should always use all capitals.
Oh, and Steven has it too. We are both excited about our rare syndrome. Next week, just for fun, we can talk about SPONTANEOUS HUMAN COMBUSTION.