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Exploding head syndrome

Don’t worry, it’s not about a horror movie. Exploding head syndrome is a moderate psychological condition. Wikipedia article says:

Exploding head syndrome is a rare condition 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.

Usually, it’s described as a loud bang, a clash of cymbals or a bomb exploding. The problem is that most of the patients can’t even realize they have exploding head syndrome and won’t go to doctor. But on the other hand, currently there isn’t any efficient treatment. Reducing stress may help; Clomipramine has been used in three patients, who experienced immediate relief from this condition.

It is also important to know if there is something else that is causing the imagined sound. Instead of being exploding head syndrome, it may be a result of one of the following:

  • Another sleep disorder
  • A medical condition
  • Medication use
  • A mental health disorder
  • Substance abuse

So what can help? If this condition doesn’t disappear, try to help your doctor. Fill out a sleep diary for two weeks so you can ease the work of you doctor as it’ll be possible to retroactively examine your sleeping patterns.

By the way, it can also be connected to migraine as a publication says:

A 26-year-old patient is described with a unique migraine aura. She described an 8-year history of episodes occurring 1 to 2 times yearly of exploding head syndrome followed by sleep paralysis followed by a migraine headache. She also had identical headaches without aura about once per week.

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  1. Allison Wright #

    I have been experiencing this EHS (exploding head syndrome) a few times and yes it does feel like a firework or electricity charge running up my body and ending in my head with a loud crash! I know its going to happen. My partner has been experiencing the same thing sometimes at the same time, he gets white flashes too. We have sometimes been sleep deprived due to overdoing it at the weekend. It hasnt happened for the last few days. I was just so relieved to read that we are not the only ones and that there is some sort of explanation, i dont want to take any medication for it and now i know i feel better that it is not serious, but it does make you wander what is going on in your head. Thanks for clearing that up
    Allison 36, UK

    March 8, 2007
    • Anonymous #

      Do you use an electric blanket

      October 19, 2011
      • Anonymous #

        An electric blanket? That’s awesome! Yep, just get more rest and drink water. Your brain is prob dehydrated.

        March 4, 2013
      • I have had several experiences of ‘exploding head’ – had one in the small hours today and thought it was my CH boil -to (which lives in the airing cupboard in my bedroom) deciding to give up the ghost – thankfully it was not, but I did have to get the boiler going by turning on the hot tap in the bathroom.. Today’s noise was the loudest and most frightening.

        February 22, 2014
      • Diane McCurdy #

        why can’t new posts be at the beginning instead of the end…..awkward to have to scroll through every time…

        February 22, 2014
    • joel #

      Ms. Allison, I too experience a shocking type effect. most of the time ithere is a white light by itself. maybe two or three times per year.

      January 5, 2013
    • Hi Alison and All

      Before we all decide that we are psychic maybe we should

      a. reduce any medication
      b. reduce alcohol
      c. remove electric blankets
      d. get more rest
      e. remove stress

      Why don’t we pick one that each of us find easy to do and then post the results.

      I don’t drink a great deal, but i do smoke i do have an electric blanket, . The only major change in my life is i do not sleep well and i do have a lot of stress at the moment. I do take co-codamol for a damaged knee.

      I have this issue about 2-3 times a month in Jan , recently followed by a feeling of floating .

      My main changes are
      1. lack of sleep (work)
      2. stress(work)

      I don’t have any other pre symptoms, but do have a almost unnoticeable tingle in my right ear after the explosion, mine is like a train rushing through my head (half a second)

      February 2, 2013
      • Sunny Florida #

        My sister had the bang sounds that would wake her from a sound sleep. She was getting too dehydrated from being a medical physician doing too much time out nights responding to on-call emergencies. When she quit the call nights and worked only days, her problems stopped. Over-worked is synonymous with over-dry. She continues use of electric blankets in Massachusetts. Troubled people should monitor color of urinary output. Too gold is too dehydrated.

        March 11, 2013
      • Hi Sunny Florida

        From your sisters description, lack of sleep and dehydration.

        I have just had shingles, a side effect was sleep and rest and my head banging has now stopped.

        All other factors have remained generally constant.

        Dehydration could also be a key factor.

        Thanks for the reply

        March 12, 2013
      • june #

        I am glad that I am not the only person who is having these terrible explosions. I honestly feel as though I am going to die. They are so powerful and so very frightening. I gave up drinking and smoking but it never made any difference.

        I have recently been using an electric blanket but I have been having these explosions for about 4 years. I also take a lot drugs prescribed by my doctor for different ailments but have been taking them for years. I can only pinpoint one conclusion, stress and lack of sleep.

        When I am under a lot of stress which causes lack of sleep I seem to have them every time I go to sleep, which at the moment is ever day.

        I have continually told my doctor but to no avail. No matter which doctor I have seen they seem to ignore what I have said. I just get blank looks.

        June

        March 14, 2014
  2. chris mallyon #

    what a relief to find other people with this experience. i thought i was nuts at waking 3-4 times a night with a loud noise in my head.
    it does make you wander whats going on in your head.
    i read it could be so many things causing it, ive give up looking the cause.
    ive seen coloured orbs, and shapes, not white ones though like most people report, could this be due to me being psychic?
    any thoughts on that most welcome.

    chris 32, uk

    March 9, 2007
    • Chris so glad to see you asked the question…could this be due to your psychic ability? I was wondering the same thing or if it is due to being a sensitive…pick up more electrical and vibration than most ordinary people..

      August 19, 2010
    • Hi Chris, I have had head explosions and more often what seems like electrical arcing in my head. I have also seen orbs. I am a hypnotist and spend a lot of time every day inducing trance. Sometimes I wake up feeling as if I have been messed with. Yes.. I know how that sounds. I have wondered if that had something to do with it. I am surd glad to know I am not alone with this.

      July 25, 2013
  3. Chris, Michael Breus is your man at http://www.theinsomniablog.com
    :)

    March 9, 2007
  4. Gina Christie #

    How many of the people experiencing exploding head syndrome are located or work near power lines? I am wondering if my living near a power station has anything to do with this occurence.

    March 27, 2007
    • Shirley Setterbo #

      I do live very near a huge power line, and I never had this happen until I moved here. I think you may be onto something.

      December 5, 2011
      • Lola #

        I don’t live near a power line and have experienced EHS twice.

        January 2, 2012
  5. I couldn’t find any relevant article about it in Pubmed…

    March 27, 2007
  6. Fortescue #

    how just darn interesting. I have had this phenomenon since I was about 17 years old. I have never heard of anyone else suffering from it, so you can imagine that I’ve never told anyone.

    It never actually bothered me, I always just assumed it was some random firing of an errant neuron or two, rather than an aural hallucination. Similar to the imagery you see on your “inner screen” in hypnagogic sleep.

    Thanks very much for the explanation. How fascinating. Shall we start an Association of American Head Exploders? hahahahaha.

    April 17, 2007
    • bumpin #

      I too have had these trains and airplanes crashing through my head for a long, long time. Sometimes they are so intense that i think I’m having little strokes or a tumor growing in my head. I’m glad (and also sorry) to hear others explain the same condition. But I guess just knowing I’m not the only one does not offer much consolation, since no one can really say what causes it…

      December 26, 2011
  7. Dear Fortescue, don’t laugh, it’s not a bad idea. You could find many people suffering from this syndrome… :)

    April 18, 2007
  8. chris mallyon #

    a few months on, and the problem has dissapeared. but looking back, i do recall, i was taking A.L.A (alpha lipoic acid) at the time.
    i wonder if this compound contributed to the effects.

    June 20, 2007
  9. Dakota Sun #

    Stress and/or extreme fatigue seems to be the most common thread here. I don’t live near any power lines/stations and I am not psychic, but I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and I take meds for anxiety and blood pressure. I have also been working long late hours recently to meet a most challenging deadline. I usually wake with a start, heart racing, looking at my husband to ask, “Did you hear that?!” I am happy to learn that its not life-threatening, I am not the only one going thru this and that I’m not crazy.

    My experience is best described this way–the flash is like the flash you see when you turn on the light switch and the [filament in the] light bulb blows and the pop sound is a sudden, loud, “WHOP!”
    I also have a visual description: a thick, bright, white, severely “zig-zaggy” lightning bolt with a trumpet (formed from the same electricity of the lightning) on the ends. Its positioned horizontally in my head, behind my eyes with the trumpets poised to blare a sudden, super-charged blast of sound thru my ears outward!

    July 4, 2007
    • Kathey #

      We have very similar cases. I too have been diagnosed with sleep apnea (severe) and insomnia. I take meds for blood pressure and I was taking meds for anxiety. It was 2 weeks ago that I took my last anxiety pill and that’s when the mild electrical sensations began, followed by the exploding head syndrome sensations at night when I was trying to go to sleep without the aid of a sleeping pill (which is rare). I’m feeling something all day but it’s very mild as I said. I’m having my fourth sleep study in about a week just as a precaution. I sympothize with you! I am a woman of Faith and I truly believe God is going to deliver me from this. The onset was with meds and I believe I can overcome it without them. My doctor wanted to put me back on anxiety meds and I refuse! Hope his helps a little. We have to relax and enjoy life. We are not crazy!

      March 23, 2010
      • Anonymous #

        i have the same electrical feelings coming yo my head. i call them signals.i have found through trial and error with different medications that phenergen(promithazine) whick is mostly used for stomack nausea has made a world of difference tnd really weakened those signals.it is a very safe drug.i also have voices in my head and suffer from anxiety disorder.i take medication for it and it makes a world of difference. i am no doctor but if the anxiety meds work,take them.we are only here for a certain amount of time and living with anxiety is no comfortable way to live.thank you for your story and also for taking the time for reading my reply. dont forget everyday is a beautiful thAng.

        December 6, 2013
    • Anonymous #

      you could not have said it better!

      September 12, 2011
    • Anonymous #

      Very good explanation…exactly what I experience. It always seems to be set-off by a small sound in the room before I’ve entered a deep sleep.

      February 20, 2014
  10. Meese Webb #

    I am so happy to find that I am not the only one who has had this. I’m 44, female, and I am going through several major surgeries. One night between surgeries my daughter was sleeping with me when I awoke to a “gun shot” noise…. I immediate jumped and it woke my daughter – asking if she heard that. She assured me there was no noise… not being able to return to sleep, I started getting a headache. Within 3 hours I was extremely nausua’s and felt like I had a migraine. Glad to know it’s not serious!

    July 9, 2007
    • Anonymous #

      I would suggest that you see your doctor. I have the same symptoms and my doctor suggested it might be clapping headaches, which are dangerous. An MRI would be required to exclude clapping headaches.

      March 14, 2011
      • Anonymous #

        I have had this for almost 3 years now and the best way to describe it is a fluorescent light being hit over your head while hearing an explosion. No pain…just the anxiety of it happening. Sounds almost like a balloon popping in your head.

        September 12, 2011
    • joel #

      i have a question, please. Do you find the explosion and the jumping is involuntary ? I mean, mutually exclusive? i get a explosion or crash sound, but not always with a jerking response.

      January 5, 2013
  11. It could have been really strange. :)

    I’m glad if the article helped you…

    July 9, 2007
  12. maliboo #

    This happens to me also, the description of the light bulb is near but it is an EXTREMELY intense BANG!! I am a 55 yr old retired female and certainly overdo the mental stimulation as am addicted to my PC.I am also suffering a lot of stress but it has happened over the last few years. I also put it down to a few synapses colliding on a very overcrowded highway. Its reassuring to know its not harmful!

    July 26, 2007
  13. Not harmful, but can be very disturbing…

    Have you ever told your doctor about it?

    July 26, 2007
  14. RockyJ #

    I just came across Exploding Head Syndrome while recently researching this affliction that I have been experiencing for about 15 years! Boy, am I relieved to learn I’m not alone and there is explanation even though its a very poor one. I am diagnosed with chronic PTSD (multiple rape survivor) and always thought it was related, but I usually never experienced a flashback during a one of these episodes. Countless of doctors never came up with EHS either! It basically happens just before I fall sleep, a VERY loud roaring noise and BIG BANG with a white flash that causes my eyes to abruptly open. The only thing is during & afterwards my body becomes completely frozen in fear. I’ve told doctors its like every cell in my body is on high alert and full of fear. I’ve had them up to 5-8 times a night, about 3-4 times per week then suddenly they would stop. Then I could go several months or longer before I have another one. Lately, I only have them 1-2 times a night before I fall asleep and they aren’t near as common as they have been in the past, maybe once a week or a few times a month. I truly believe anxiety is what triggers them. I wish they would do more research on what causes them and what really is going on in your brain. Thank you all for sharing!

    August 8, 2007
    • i’ve had 2, months apart from each other. i can’t even imagine how it is to have one a day. i got them during deep meditation (i see others having them just before going to sleeep) on both ocasions i was kind of asking for answears from the future. Once i’ve tried to see if my relation will work with the girl i wanted to marry. i got such a bad vibration and i could saw the “bad” differences betwen us clearly like i was a third person analyzing. i’ve got creeped out. did not want to find out more… after a short time i was back to my meditation triyng to clean myself of the fear and bad emotions and BANG there was the first one. i’m also comming to the conclusion that anxiety triggers them. in the past i was thinking that future-reading may cause them. that was my opinion on that.

      March 30, 2014
  15. RockyJ #

    PS LOL I love this! Association of American Head Exploders?
    TOO FUNNY! I wonder if people would claim they had EHS, just so they could join?

    Rockyj

    August 8, 2007
  16. I’m glad it helped you! :)

    August 8, 2007
  17. Jake #

    Hmm… im glad im not crazy. ive heard a wide variety of noises, but i must say the most interesting one sounded like someone had dropped a giant droplet of water in my head. i guess we are the special ones in the world now arent we.

    August 10, 2007
  18. Tom #

    I’ve had EHS since I was a child. My symptoms have decreased over time to now the event is very rare. I feel for those who experience this with any frequency whereas it is not painful it is very unsettling and typically caused me to bolt up in bed and wonder if WWIII had just started (because of the loud explosion).

    August 16, 2007
  19. Lesley #

    I have to say, this explains my symptoms to a tee.
    For years i have suffered EHS and could never explain to my doctor what was wrong for him to be able to diagnose me.
    I seem to have many leading up to my menstrual cycle or if i’ve been up very late. I have even have EHS after looking at flashing lights (i have had a test for epilepsy and i don’t have that) another cause i have noticed is the night after i have had a good drink i seem to get it.
    Last night i had about 12 in a row (usually only have one/two) and this has lead me to look up my symptoms on the net.
    For the most part i can go months without having any but stress is my main factor.
    Thank goodness i have found whats wrong.

    September 12, 2007
  20. Lesley #

    I forgot to add, for people that suffer them as bad as myself – to a degree where by they become very frightening i have had perscribed to me Valium for anxiety and i have never ever had one episode of EHS while on them.
    I hope this helps

    September 12, 2007
  21. Kelly #

    I just happened on this web site- I am laughing because I have this for sure- and never knew what it was. It is unsettling- right before I am sleep mode- and wakes me up with a start! Sounds to me like a big Church or sports organ that rips through my head- feels like an electric jolt. Only happens occasionally but surprises you nonetheless.
    Glad I am not alone!

    September 18, 2007
  22. Simon New Zealand #

    I just told my wife I found a website that seems to explain what I’ve been talking to her about tonight. We’ve just had a really good laugh about it and we love the name! She’s gonna dine out on this one…
    I suffer from this – only very occasionally, like a gunshot going off in my head at night and flash of light, although I can be less certain of the ‘accompanying’ flash. I also suffer from some kind of seizures in the night and I’ve been trying to find information on these as they are more frequent. I’m sure that sometimes the ‘bang’ and the seizures are coincidental. Feel it welling up inside me, think I’m going to have heart attack, remain sort of paralysed for 15-30 seconds, heart racing, can’t speak to raise the alarm! Maybe happens once or twice a month.
    I’m a normal healthy person!

    September 24, 2007
  23. Simon New Zealand #

    Further research has lead me to ‘sleep paralysis’ and ‘hypnagogia’. Both describe to some extent my sleep ‘disorders’. I’d be interested to read if any other EHS people have similar experiences. Have enough now to have a chat with Doc! Thanks for the info.

    September 24, 2007
  24. I’m so glad you found it useful! :)

    September 24, 2007
  25. Roxanne in Colorado #

    I have narcolepsy, a relatively mild case. But these explosions worried me more than anything I’ve experienced. They are SO LOUD, often with bright light and a sense of “yikes!” I’d get up and take a little aspirin, as I was afraid it was some kind of stroke. I saw a specialist last week. “Oh”, he said, “EHS” – “Exploding Head Syndrome” – I thought he was making fun of me and laughed with him, until he showed me the page in his book of rare disorders. This has to be the silliest “disorder” I’ve ever heard of. Thanks so much for this website – Exploding Heads unite!!!

    October 1, 2007
  26. Christian NYC #

    I have had “EHS” it seems like, the last 16 years. Started when I was 18. I remember it started in the twilight zone of beeing awake and falling in to sleep. I heard a sound (Ssschhhhhhh) from a long distance coming closer and then a explotion in my head and then disepearing out of the other ear. Since then I`ve had it 2-3 times a week, and for the last 10 years 5-6 days a week, and in periods opp to 3 times a night 7 days a week. One thing I`ve found out these years with this condition is falling a sleep on my back is a guarantee exploding head, and I`ve also noticed my breathing drops (sometimes stops breathing for seconds(noticed by others) when sleeping on my back. Could lack of oxigen trigger this as well???

    October 16, 2007
    • Carrie #

      This is crazy. I get the same exact thing!! Usually when I try to fall back asleep is when it happens. And I hear the exact noise you do! This wooshing sound in the distance in one ear, and then it gets really loud and then quieter as it passes over to the other ear, sort of like standing next to a highway and the sound that cars make when they woosh past you. I get all paralyzed and can’t make any sounds. One time I had it, it involved a full body seizure, which was pretty frightening.

      I’m 18, I don’t appear to have any medical conditions and this only started this year. Good to know it isn’t harmful.

      February 6, 2011
    • bumpin #

      I wonder if the sound is really there. Perhaps we all hear it at the same time. Maybe there is something going on that only The Exploding heads are attuned to….

      December 26, 2011
      • Now, that would be the strangest thing ever! Only the selected few, hearing the actual noises from outer space in real time….

        January 9, 2013
  27. Christian, the sleep doctor could answer your question.

    http://www.theinsomniablog.com/

    October 16, 2007
  28. DF #

    I just experienced this thing about 5 times an hour ago, while I was half asleep. I tried to check out was causes it.
    To me it seems to happen when my thoughts become very very vivid and random (due to falling asleep) and also when I am feeling very relaxed. It almost felt like the explosions were meant to awake me from wandering to far in my thoughts.
    The incidents were mild, and sounded like extreme synth effects, very electronic.
    Then I woke up enough to start wondering how many braincells i destroyed, and searched the net. I finally found this site.
    To me, EHS does feel pretty dangerous. I mean, if something is exploding in your brain, it can`t be good.

    October 19, 2007
  29. ArtzyPantz #

    Wow i cannot believe someone else has something similar to what i experience. I have this thing that happens just before falling to sleep, and i somehow know when they are about to begin, where it sounds like a wave of electricity in my head, which i can also feel, and ends with a loud zap or sometimes bang. Also at times the same thing will occur where it starts at the bottom of my feet and travels up my body and ends in my head with a loud banging zapping sound. This is has occured almost every night for the last 7 years.
    Sometimes frightening and other times not. With the whole body waves i had the loudest & strongest feeling waves and zapping bangs with white light at the zap/bang part. Those are the most frightening. At times i have awoken in the night from hearing a loud bang, which is very frightening. One time i awoke on the couch to the sound of my front door knob being jiggled and jerked around, extremely frightened, i got up and went to the door and opened it, with no one on the other side and realized that i had forgotten to lock the door as usual. If some one had been on the other side trying to get in they would have simply opened the door as it was unlocked. I wondered to myself if my mind was telling me to get up and lock the door by making me hear the door handle jiggling and jerking around. Or maybe i am just straight crazy, who knows.
    I have lived in 4 different houses in the past 7 years and it has continued thru all of them, so i am under the impression there is no electrical problems in my home causing this to happen.
    One thing i do know is 12 years ago i began having mild seizures and underwent testing where they found a cavernous hemangioma tumor in the front lobe of my brain. I went to another doctor across the state for a second opinion, and turns out this is a mass of blood vessels which are tangled and twisted together and is inoperable. It does how ever leave me with an elevated stroke risk and anurism risk. Seizures subsided after 1 1/2 years of the tests but i have long thought maybe this had something to do with the electric waves & zap/bang thing i go thru. I never wake up feeling refreshed or well rested as others claim they do, i honestly cannot tell you what that would feel like. I always feel tired and worn out even when i wake up. I have always been a person who can sleep 12 to 16 hours a day, even tho i am lucky to get 5 to 6 hours sleep as an adult. I have always suffered from nightmares since i can remember and still do at the age of 39. I always have headaches and / or what feels like muscle tension pain all over my head/skull. I have not a clue as to how the human body electrical system works, nor the nervous system, and have wondered if something in those systems in my body are out of balance. I have always been a very tense person and was born premature c-section 2 days before the 6th month of pregnancy back in 1968 weighing in at 1 pound. I am sure their is a logical explaination to this problem, perhaps not fully discovered yet by some doctor some where.
    Perhaps our body is sending the mind signals for healing or repair work. All i know is i am alive and that is a good thing.
    So should anyone of you come up with a doctor who has studied this and has a great explaination don’t for get to come back here and inform the rest of us.

    October 28, 2007
  30. It’s so great to see that you can find here people dealing with the same problem as you. It makes me really glad!

    October 28, 2007
  31. ArtzyPantz #

    Bertalan Mesko…..Thank you……I am glad also because before i stumble across this web page i wondered many a time if i were just plain crazy.
    Not that i am glad that others have this issue also, but that i am not crazy.
    Yes it does help even if there are no answers to a specific problem.
    Who knows, maybe together we may find the answer to this condition.
    Blessings!

    October 29, 2007
  32. BaNG #

    Hello all. (Sorry, my English is very poor…)
    I wake up just the big noise, without any other body experience. Then I look around, to see, not some real thing blowed up. When everything ok, I going back to sleep. 1-2 times a year, maybe something really give the noise… :D

    November 16, 2007
  33. Max #

    Hello,

    Here’s my view on this. In spite of the fact that certain doctors and psychiatrists are on an neverending quest for discovering new and dramatic mental disorder conditions, EHS is no “syndrome” (which would imply that someone is beginning to go nuts). It is a perfectly normal experience associated with a transition between the waking and sleeping states – it’s one of the signs of entering the hypnagogic state or else, shifting one’s brainwaves from alpha to theta cycle. EVERYBODY experiences this shift when going to sleep, on their way to the delta state of mind (the actual sleep). The thing is that the majority of people lose their awareness of self (conciousness) when entering the deeper states of mind and usuallly experience theta and delta while uncouncious and therefore unaware of what’s happening to them. On certain occasions, when one is excited about something, under stress or simply doing a lot of thinking while in bed at night, one may retain self awareness as the braing enters the theta region and thus experience all those weird sensations like: sleep paralysis (a genuinely normal condition linked to the fact that the brain switches off the body’s motoric functions for the sleeping period so that we don’t run around the room when we’re dreaming of running), loud bangs or other distracting and sometimes scary noises as well as visual hallucinations (one’s attention is dissolving making the brain mix the external sensory inputs with the internal, imaginary ones), the sensation of falling, the sensation of conversing with oneself as if one was actually two persons (shrinks usually erroneously associate this state with the prelude to schizofrenia), etc. All this may happen also as a result of sleep deprivation, when upon going to bed, the body and brain transit into sleeping state before one fully loses self awareness. People practicing deep meditation and lucid dreaming experience all those strange events on a regular basis while crossing the barrier of the waking and sleeping worlds – they’re totally harmless (afterall they’re merely a product of one’s own mind) and the sooner one learns to ignore them and to treat them only as a roadsign that you’re actually there, the better. I’ve been indulging myself in these practices for nearly a decade now and those things are as natural to me as breathing. Earlier, when in a hypnagogic state I also used to have tactile hallucinations resulting in the feeling that someone was touching me but that’s just what they were – HALLUCINATIONS – and they quickly passed away as soon as I crossed the barrier and conciously entered delta and began dreaming. If one discovers oneself in bed paralysed and hallucinating just relax – nothing is going to hurt you and it’s all PERFECTLY NORMAL, you’re not going mad. Fear only magnifies the negative experience while relaxation induces positive effects.

    For those interested, I have recently turned 30 and am a happy man with beautiful wife and kids and a succesfull business. Insinuating that I’m mentally ill, schizophrenic or whatever else, just because I experience these things would be just as true as saying that I come from Mars. Forget the doctors and psychiatrists advice on this, they usually don’t know what they’re talking about. Do some internet research on facilities conducting research on brain, brainwaves and the sleep phenomenon and you’ll see that I’m right.

    Regards

    November 24, 2007
    • Marco Fernando #

      Exactly what I thought it must have been. I’ve been doing some audiobook tutorials like Genius Formula, Brainsync and some other ones now and then. My recent one (only have had 2 that I can recall: light bulb going out effect) was immediately during the fascination I was having and feeling concious during a dream I started having minutes after laying down. I’ve become more and more concious during my dreams. In this case it was funny because the dream would scare me but I knew it was only a dream so I was allowing my heartbeat to relax when suddenly, POP, I felt like I was ejected from the movie (:

      I think I’m on the right path which is what Max seems to be practicing. I’m 34, live in Mexico and live a relatively laid back lifestyle. Oh and by the way. I was also reading a book on Einstein hours earlier, jajajaj. I think its simply neurons colliding (:

      March 25, 2010
    • Anonymous #

      Thank you.

      May 23, 2012
    • Arvand Kaveh #

      Dear all

      First of all I need to say that I am delighted to hear it’s a physiycal condition that unluckily some people have to deal with it. Here is my experience about this. I am 28 yrs old and it all started when I was a child. I can say that I have experienced very different kinds of this in different levels. Once I was sleeping among my family, surrounded by nearly 12 people, I was dreaming a nightmare, could not move, react, open my eyes, breath or anything. I knew I was dreaming I knew I just need to wake up, but it was impossible. When I finally woke up I screamed the loudest scream possible, but most shockingly no one around me noticed. No one woke up and I asked everyone the next day and it was like I never screamed. But I was awake when screamed because I want bent over my kneees and…. well… unbelievably enough this was the severest one in my childhood.

      I used to have such nightmares 1-4 times per year. Until last night and tonite that I am getting very bad ones. it changed, it is like a wave of electricity rushing from my neck to my ears and brain as waves, then the frequency of the waves gets higher and higher until I scream and wake up. It is so scary that makes me drop tears. I do not dare to go back to sleep. It can also happen with open eyes. It’s the worst when I lay on my back I have to tell you in the past few days I have not slept so well and did a lot of physical activities. I am a master student looking for a thesis topic and full of stress from everywhere. My only hope is that this things are a result of extreme anxiety and fatigue.

      I hope researchers take a deeper look into this phenomena and come up with solid solutions for us to have sweet dreams once again.

      Reading most of your comments I cannot decide if that is a good idea to see a Doctor or not. On the other hand I kinda think if all refuse to see doctors then how would doctors collect more and more information about this and eventually realize that it needs some more elaborated research? What I say is about the circle of patient, diagnosis, research, therapy (cure), Money, more research, better results and etc……

      I really hope that all of you guys have less flashesh, kabooms, helpless endeavors and more sweet dreams ahead. Please let me know if anyone of you came up with a solution.

      Cheers,

      Arvand

      July 25, 2013
  34. Omar #

    thanks guys, i’ve only had this once recently. I quickly shifted my head off my pillow to look towards a noise i heard. then, when my head was half way around i had a short seizure (like an electric shok in my head) and my eyes were fluttering and rolling. wierd! i heard sirens getting louder when this happend too. didn’t notice a flash. do you all get siezures too?

    December 5, 2007
    • KABOOM #

      I have had this same thing happen maybe 5 times before, and 2 of those involved a seizure, and one time it was my whole body .

      February 6, 2011
  35. steve #

    I am a long-time meditator and have had ennumerable experiences in the dream/waking interval. The explanation by Max (No. 35, 11/27/07) is the correct explanation. Beautifully written, clear and accurate.

    December 15, 2007
  36. AdamInOregon #

    Wow, I vaguely remember a few previous experiences ( usually my verbal train of thought or music Im thinking of becomes an auditory hallucination just before I fall asleep) but just this morning, trying to sleep off a hangover, I remember leaving a rather wild dream (no recollection) to a half-wake state lucidly trying to get back to the dream and hearing a hallucinatory 2nd person voice say somthing like; Beware I am coming! My lucid mind for just a second thought (not said) I didnt say that, or think that, I dont think….

    then BLAM, I litterally head what sounded like a rifle shot or an amplified baseball hitting a bat crack.

    Ive heard similar (smaller) sounds before waking before (doorbell, knock, car horn) but this was the loudest, and it was as if some alternate/alien part of my brain was talking to my lucid concious right before….creepy

    Sorry for the long post (and bad grammer; broken keyboard), I just wanted to get it off my chest.

    December 22, 2007
  37. Patrick #

    I’m so glad to have found this thread. It’s a major asset towards explanation of some recent phenomena I experience on that threshold between awake and sleep. I meditate quite a bit, like some others who posted above. I’m pretty sure this kind of practice adds to the occurance of these weird things.

    I have also taught myself how to nod of in aircraft, busses, trains, and the like. I close my eyes and start concentrating on regular “swooshy” feelings in my head, those that accompany drifting in and out of sleep under such non-bedroom circumstances. I try and make each wave synchronous with my breath. Invariably, the swoosh will take place of its own accord and if I’m lucky i’ll nod of to some kind of power-nap-sleep, but even a session of those waves will be refreshing. Unless they start getting aggressive (hard to find the right words) and harsher. In the extreme they will feel almost electric: beginning with a swoosh and ending agressively and abruptly. Anyhow, I think that practicing this too much has also let the phenomena creep into my normal sleep. This happenend recently after Christmas and I had been going through a lot of work and stress before. Many of the last nights have been horrid as a result, with both the horrid kind of swooshes as well as lots of jerky sleep starts, and I hope that I can balance things again. It’s beginning to make me scared of falling asleep. Ah well, it is a huge comfort to know that this kind of stuff happens to others!

    I love Max’s and Steves’ (35 and 37) posts.

    January 3, 2008
  38. sean #

    hi, my father hear like hear beating in his head and green light going from right eyes to the left and wake up he sacred go to sleep and could hear even sometimes when he is awake.
    No blood pressure and the entire test were ok.
    The sound he hears is not to loud but like the banging with the heart beating reteam.
    Is it the ehs or not i do not know….

    January 12, 2008
  39. ThoughtItWasAliens #

    god… i thought i was having and aneurysm, thank god.

    still scares the crap of me though, sudden POP and what feels like a jolt of electricity. i had epilepsy growing up but was one of the few that outgrew it. wife thought i was nutz…

    thanks for the site.

    January 30, 2008
  40. ashlea #

    I am so relieved to know that others experience this. I have had EHS on and off for at least two decades, usually as I’m falling asleep. It’s the most tremendous bang, like a bomb explosion during the war, that causes me to wake up with a violent jump, sometimes almost falling off the bed. I have no pain associated with it, see no brilliant light or anything – just the loud bang. I was scared I was having a heart attack, maybe, or that my heart may have skipped a beat and caused this. I have not been on any medications whatsoever other than very briefly after a surgery four years ago.

    February 3, 2008
  41. Alice #

    I am wondering if this is what I have. Just started two nights ago. I awakened with a violent feeling that I had been hit in the head (right in the front of my head above my eyes). It wasn’t a dream, I’m sure of that. Then it happened again, same feeling, one more time that night. Last night it happened only once. Same feeling. Like maybe I’m moving forward and run directly into something with my head. I checked out my body and everything functioned fine. Very scary. I am not on any new medication. I’m a 66 year old female with the normal amount of stress in my life. Scary!

    February 6, 2008
  42. Marti - PA #

    So I am not going crazy! Wheeeewwww. It had my anxiety going high and each night it’s like – ok, when is it going to happen again. Before I knew it 3 hrs could be attempted to try to fall asleep only because I feared the bang was something serious. After reading this blog the more I worried about falling asleep w/o the “bang” the more it seemed to happen. I am a frequent migraine sufferer and never noticed it as an aura prior to a migraine coming on. Stress can deprive us all of sleep and I understand fully blog # 35 and #37 above. Well here it is another 12:45 am night and I am still up and after having these episodes for 7 years that seemed to come in ‘flares’ I think I am gonna be able to fall asleep like a baby tonight or at least tomorrow night and know that it’s not a medical condition to be concerned with but my yellow light that stress level needs to be reduced. I am also dx’d with fibromyalgia and b/c that also has sleep issues I wonder if the two could also be connected. Well, my novel has to come to an end, warming up my bed with my electric blanket and gonna jump in and hopefully sleep soundly! Thanks to whomever started this blog!

    February 8, 2008
  43. daniel #

    As I read some of these comments. I noticed that my situations is slightly diffrent. yes I have the lighting and thunder. and it all ways just for I go to sleep. but i have no migrans .I do get head aches from time to time. I’m 28 male who get’s this 3 or four times a year. It happend the other night .no pain just a slap in the frontel obe a rattel clash sound in my ears.no meds not tomuch stress? I guess it just somthing that happens.
    anyway I not worried about it. it ‘s probley somthing in the line of that falling feeling.

    February 20, 2008
  44. sally #

    I have had this happen a few times now and I must admit it’s a relief to know I’m not the only one. I suffer from narcolepsy with hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations. I’m also a migraine sufferer and experience migraine auras which are not always followed by a headache. This is not something I’ve heard of before and hopefully it won’t be so scary the next time!

    February 27, 2008
  45. Joanne #

    I have been having these electrical zap feelings just when I am about to fall asleep for about 1 year. I am also experiencing tinnitus and vertigo when awake, so wonder if it has anything to do with that. I mentioned it to my ENT dr. and he didn’t say anything about it. I thought I was crazy too. I have been taking an antidepressant for about 10 years…and I’m starting to think the drug might have something to do with it.
    Anyone have any comments?

    February 28, 2008
    • I have been having these zap noises in my head just as I start to fall asleep, it is very scary and the more I try not to think about it the more I get them. But I too suffer from severe tinnitus and wondered if the two are connected. I told my ENT clinic about them but they did not know anything but I have had two MRI scans which thankfully were ok. My doctor will not give me anything like Vallium and he will not give me sleeping pills, so each night I dread going to bed. Does anyone else get EHS and suffers tinnitus

      March 1, 2012
      • These zapping sounds started for me about 2 months ago. There is definitely a connection to tinnitus. Mine is not severe and I hardly notice it even in the quiet of night. However, when these noises started, I started listening which made me more aware of the tinnitus. In the beginning, I would try to do what I could to keep the noises from happening. For example, I found I could tell when it was about to happen, and if I moved the position of my head, it would stop. But you can’t fall asleep if you are constantly moving your head. I did find if I put music on softly and focused on that rather than on the tinnitus, it was helpful.
        Now that I know it is harmless, (like others I was thankful to find this site the night of the first occurance) I just let it happen recognizing it will stop and I will get to sleep. I have even tried to experiment and make observations. Friday, I went to hear my brother’s band. This is not something I do often because they rarely play in this area. I stayed up later than is normal, and the tinnitus was definitelly louder on Saturday. Around 5pm I was sitting in a recliner reading the paper, and the EHS occurances began. I was tired, but I was totally awake and reading. When I would listen to the tinnitus, there was no doubt that it led to an occurance. (Listening to the tinnitus does not lead to the occurances, if I am not in the middle of an episode.)
        Other things I wondered about and noticed- 1. Is the jerking a startle response or part of the phenomena? It seemed to be both. I can actually feel the vibrations in my head and sometime down my arms to my hands with the louder noises. I think that the jerking that occurs in this case is part of the phenomenon. 2. Did I need to move my head to get it to stop? Sometimes. I can get stuck in a continuing electrical arcing if I don’t move my head. 3. About 90% of the time I hear the electrical arcing in my right ear, but sometimes in my left ear I hear a crack like a gunshot.
        Now that I am just letting it happen, I find that if I have multiple occurances as I am falling asleep, I have interesting, multisensory lucid dreams. The upside I guess.

        April 29, 2012
  46. Kirsten #

    What I have been experiencing for about 12 years now (I am a woman, just shy of 42) is neither noisy nor related to sleep, but I would like to tell about it nonetheless. I haven’t been able to link it to anything specific, except that, in some (but not all) cases it happens when I forgot to take my antidepressant (usually within six hours of the time at which I should have taken it). It feels as if my brain suddenly contracts and expands three times in a row (each pair, contration and expansion, lasting less than half a second). This is accompanied by a sound in my head and ears, which I can describe only as the sound that comes from those funfair balloons into which they put little grains of something: when you shake such a balloon, it makes a tch-tch-tch sound. At the same time, my brain feels nauseous (I realise that this sounds ridiculous, but that’s what it feels like). In some cases, it feels as if the brain very rapidly turns around in my head (imagine an axle through the brain running from the nose to the back of the head, and the brain sitting loosely on that axle; when this happens, it “turns” very rapidly “around that axle”. The cycle of three rapid contract-expand sensations, together with the tch-tch-tch sound and the “brain nausea”, repeats itself two or three times in the space of a minute or so; thereafter, it comes back maybe twice or three times in the next half-hour. It sometimes happens when I am walking (or otherwise occupied, awake), and sometimes when I am lying in bed, whether waiting for sleep, or reading, or whatever. Only very recently did I finally get a look of recognition from a doctor, a neurologist, to whom I told it; before, all the doctors to whom I tried to explain what it felt like, just looked at me with blank expressions. The neurologist told me that the medical profession was aware of this type of thing in some people’s brains, but that nobody knew what it was about.
    Anyone else out there who experiences this?

    March 13, 2008
  47. Kirsten #

    One thing I forgot to make clear is that the feeling of my brain “turning around in my head” is not ongoing, and not a spinning, either: the brain “rotates” around this imaginary axle only once, very quickly, in each occurrence.

    March 13, 2008
  48. Terry O'Neill #

    I first experience EHS, 40 years ago and I still experience EHS. Back 40 years ago I would be jolted awake from a sound sleep with a hissing sound which would rapidly increase in volume and then abruptly end with a blast sound like across between a gun shot and a sonic boom. I would awake in fear and tremble a bit. Slowly I would overcome the fear and go on. The severity, frequency and the associated fears have greatly diminished over the years, so as of today they are more of an unsettling annoyance, rather than a disruptive event like they were in the past.

    Yes, stress makes it worse, and stress can help trigger an EHS, but stress is not the cause. And although certain medication may cause or prevent it, I believe that the cause is the result of the brain having experienced a traumatic event. And it is the brain’s sensitivity (conscious or unconscious) to that event that (triggers) causes the brain to feel imminent danger and it uses sound to alert (awake) the conscious mind. Why sound? Because we can hear when asleep (that is why alarms clocks work) and because we are born with a fear of loud noises. EHS is the brain’s way of telling us (right or wrong) that it has sensed imminent danger and to wake up immediately. Furthermore, while we sleep we can also feel. So in addition to the sound the strongest EHS will simultaneously cause the body to move (sit up, look around, etc).

    March 18, 2008
  49. Amy #

    This is SO interesting…

    I’ve experienced this every once in a while since I was in my early teens. For me, it’s an electronic sort of ‘whoosh!’ followed by a crazy-loud ‘bang!’ and a white-heat field of light. It’s disconcerting, but I”m mostly already asleep, and fall back into my sleepy head without much difficulty. I also get semi-conscious falling dreams pretty frequently, and sleep paralysis now and again, and the occasional tactile or olfactory or visual hallucination as I pass from wakefulness to sleep.

    I’d always imagined that this was a universal phenonemon, and I’d wager that it’s pretty common, but we don’t often chat about these inherently personal experiences with the folks on the elevator.

    That said, I’ve never thought of this experience as ‘an affliction’, or something I ‘suffer from’, or even ‘a problem’, as it’s been characterized in this thread. It wakes me up for a few minutes a couple of times a month, and I’ve always though it was just kind of cool… all the stuff my head can do, including, evidently, explode. Maybe I’ve read too much Huxley and Castenada, but not every oddness is pathology. You know, I am large and multitudinous, and it’s nice to hear from those who share one my not-singularities.

    My six cents…..

    This is FUN… my brain takes me to places I’m not completely cognizent of sometimes, and

    March 18, 2008
  50. Melena #

    I had this last night again, hence the internet search because its really getting me down.. thank goodness Ive found this, makes me feel tons better.
    Last night, I was sound asleep when I heard a really loud explosion x 3 (its always in 3’s) but this time was different to others as after each ‘explosion’ I heard the word ‘mum’ after .. ie BANG ‘mum’ BANG ‘mum’ (doesnt this sound crazy?) I wondered what the hell was going on, so after the third BANG I dived out of bed to investigate, totally in a tizz and tripped over the dog who was sleeping soundly on the landing – obviously totally oblivious to what I had heard. Everyone else was totally comatose. I know deep down that its in my head, but I was still hoping one day that someone else hears it too just to prove that Im not crazy. The noise is similar to someone smacking my windows with the palms of their hands as hard as they could, to the point just before the window breaks. Its terrifying. Today, the top of my scalp is really tender as if I have been wearing a really tight pony tail.

    The other strange this is……

    During the day, I sometimes get a strange electric shock reaction at the base of my skull if I were to hear a ligitimate bang – such as a plate banging on the side or similar.
    I do suffer migranes and excrutiating shooting pains in my head (usually temples) on a fairly regular basis. This can feel like someone is sticking a knitting needle through my skull and literally stops me in my tracks – someone mentioned Bipolar earlier, I wondered if this is possibly connected as 4 of my brothers and sister have it plus my father did who eventually took his own life.

    March 20, 2008
  51. jakeB #

    Really good read. This has happened to me several times in the past, but the family doctor’s best guess was to tell me to take sleeping pills. I never bothered because the occurrences were always far apart. Just as I’m falling asleep, when it has happened, there hasn’t been any bang. Its as if the fastest moving object imaginable has flown directly through my fore head. I hear a woosh sound like a jet engine but not that loud and I always jump up instinctively to avoid it A few times I have thrown myself into the air and off of the bed. I did notice, though, I am more prone to this happening when I’m up many hours past when I usually go to sleep.
    I used to use a sleep deprevation technique for lucid dreaming, and that point where I would slip over is definitely the same point where this occurs.

    March 21, 2008
  52. Gabrielle #

    I first experienced this a few weeks ago. I was woken up at 5.55am by a loud bang in the middle of my head, as though someone had shot me in the head. My heart raced for a while. Then this morning I was woken up by an equally loud noise in my head, but this time it was the sound of a ferocious dog bark and again my heart raced for a while. I have no stress and sleep well for around 7 or 8 hours. The only thing that has changed in my life is that I’ve started trying to project my mind/use a guided meditation type CD and to stir my pineal gland. There could be some connection. All very interesting, although a bit unsettling to be woken so abruptly.

    May 31, 2008
  53. Pete G #

    Hi there. I have had these symptoms for as long as I can remember. I think most of my adult life. I am male/50. Its a definate BANG, like an electric explosion. Have you ever heard a transformed on a telephone pole explode? Its like that. Electric explosion and a huge white flash and I awake iimdiately. I am not afraid of it anymore as I have grown accustomed to it. It only happens once every few months. It is refreshing to know that others experience this as well. I also beleive as some others have posted that this is normal and can be attributed to the different cycles of sleep. Our sleep cycles must be slightly off kilter and we are semi-concious when these episodes occur thus can remember and experience them the way we do. I think its kinda cool! But it fstill freaks me out to this day when it happens.

    June 5, 2008
  54. Luna Landa #

    All my life I have heard electrical zap sounds about an inch above both ears varying in intesity at bedtime or AM.
    Since dealing herbally with my ADD it never happens – unless I forget to take my tinctures.

    June 11, 2008
  55. Debbie Major #

    I just went to bed tonight and had heard this loud pop and a rather large flash of light like a light bulb bursting. I woke my husband to see what it was. He didn’t hear anything since he was asleep. I thought someone had shot something through the window. I checked out the house and then I became very concerned that it might be in my head. My father died almost 20 years ago from an Aneurysm so of course I started to panic. I happened upon this site and feel a little relieved that it has happened to others. Should I mention this to my doctor or just wait to see if it happens again? I am so clueless. It is 2:54 in the morning and I have been so scared to go to bed and try to sleep for fear that it is an aneurysm. I appreciate having someone to talk to about this.

    June 16, 2008
  56. Crystal Williams #

    I had this happen to me a lot when I was a teenager. At the time, I was into smoking marijuana and would be out late, come home around 12 or so, and go to my room and crash. A couple of hours later, I would hear a loud explosion in my head and it was enough to wake me up out of a deep sleep. It would sound like a loud gunshot each time. Once it happened 3 times in one night and I seriously thought someone had fired a gun into my brain, but of course I awoke and I was still alive. This went on for a few years afterwards, but I haven’t had anymore episodes of it since (I am now 47). I often wondered if it was maybe the marijuana that contributed to it?

    July 2, 2008
  57. I get these as well..I may have skipped over it but did any one have any input on the “psycic” theory. Like is it some sort of built in warning system we share?? Either connected to our own body or even someone else close to you? I haven’t made the connection but haven’t been looking for it either.

    August 9, 2008
  58. Here’s good news..Wapikinetta Encyclopedia says the condition has been researched and is NOT related to epileptic seizers. Made my day!!! Provides good trusted info. if looking for answers as I am.

    August 9, 2008
  59. nicola #

    ive been suffering frm this for years, bt last nite i woke up with the bang in my head as if it had exploded bt also i felt my heart was goin to explode, i couldnt sleep in fear for my life, and because everytime i seem to drift off i could feel the explosions about to happen…. its comfortig to know thta im not alone, my friend also used to suffer frm this, it usually happens ( ithink?? i must monitor wen happens) after drinking to much alcohol, a few days after…

    August 12, 2008
  60. Willy, The Netherlands #

    I am a 47 year old woman (Willy is a name for women in the Netherlands). I am really happy I found this page! I have been suffering from EHS for many years now and in Dutch there is hardly any information to be found! After reading all of the above, it feels comforting that I am NOT actually going to die, although it does feel like that when it happens. I have EHS before falling asleep. Sometimes 6, 7 times on a row. I have this for about 8 years now, but only for about the last 2 years I have this “paralising”feeling in my body after an EHS-attaque. Thank you all for your comments, I feel much better now! PS Excuse my English….

    August 19, 2008
  61. Lorna #

    Is it still EHS if it never happens when I’m sleeping. I’ve started suffering from this for the past six months or so, but my worry is that it only happens when I’m awake and alert, like when when I’m walking or driving or doing any other thing except sleeping! When It happens, fo those few seconds, I feel like i’m gonna fall over or if i’m driving, I feel like I loose control for a moment or so!
    My doctor suspected anemia and prescribed me some iron vitamins, even though my blood results didn’t show any abnormalities. It didn’t do the trick. I’m really worried abut this…

    September 15, 2008
  62. Ben Kelf #

    ive had this before at around waking up point altho i was half asleep at the time.
    altho i managed to isolate he cause as i was consious enough to notice what i was doing. I tapped a metal bar on my bed but the sound was sumhow amplifed to intense levels, sounded just like a bang.
    im guessing EHS is just a misfire/surge(like a power surge) of information from the eardrum to the brain that makes it seem loud.

    September 25, 2008
  63. brendaz #

    Another person here, glad to find out about this…I’ve been having these symptoms for a few yrs..but thankfully have a friend who ALSO has them..I told her it was like a door banged shut just as I was on the verge of sleep..she amazed me by saying she has these sounds in her head but it sounds like a gunshot..and I realized that was a more apt description.
    Lately, I have a different thing, with what seems like neurons firing off in my brain and an explosive feeling in my head. A few members of my family have a form of Epilepsy, with seizures occurring ONLY in the first stage of sleep..I’ve wondered if maybe that was relevant.
    I’ve asked several doctors abt this and they have never heard of it!

    September 29, 2008
  64. James #

    EHS ?
    I just rescently have been experiencing this and,thought it was from pain meds. or from my spine injury then neck fusion and constant headaches. My doctor said possibly a brain tumor and suggested I get a $ 3000 MRI or it could be related to the constant tone I hear in my left ear?

    October 14, 2008
  65. mark #

    ….thank goodness, I am not the only one, … not nuts, not dying, just a physical condition….my experience sounds like a very loud clap in my head which instantly wakes me up.

    October 31, 2008
  66. Melody #

    I have been having this for over 11 months. Its what everyone os describing and its occasional. I am relieved to know I am not the only one. Its a big bang loud noise inside my head like a Gun shot as if the head would explode and the aftermath is a striking aroud the neck or face like a lighting stroke, headache and neck pain after. I dont like it and I wil never do. Mine starts at midnight when I am about to pray or in the middle of prayer. Not at any other times. I thot something was trying to prevent me. Sometimes in the head I feel the head is brething, I can feel this when my head is on the pillow, I would adjust the head but it continues.
    Sometimes too its like the sound of rushing stream that ‘pru pru pru’ sound of a nice cool stream in a quiet town. To me its all bizarre and I am not finding it funny.
    There should be a treatment somewhere since a lot of people have it now! What could be trigerrring such a loud bang. I feel the bang effect after on my head.

    November 19, 2008
  67. Oriole Thornton #

    About 6 months ago I started waking in the night with a loud pinging and flashing sensation across the back of my eyes from ear to ear. This started early morning as I was waking and progressed on and off to all through the night. I have seen 3 doctors a total of 5 times and have been given everything from antibiotics, nose drops, had my ears syringed, have been given mopisturising drops for my eyes (by an optician, who disgnosed dry eye sockets), been given antihystamines and sleeping tablets, (which I have refused to take),I was diagnosed, (by a lady in the local health food shop), that the “pinging” in my head was caused by a lack of magnesium, I have been taking magnesium tablets at night for 3 months….. all this to no avail. I have had an overnight “sleep study test” which has diagnosed me as having severe sleep apnea, and I actually stopped breathing a total of 39 times during the night. I have been assured by the “sleep specialist” that my EHS has nothing to do with the sleep apnea, in fact he had never even heard of “Exploding head syndrome” and along with the other doctors I have seen, think I am quite mad!! Thank god I have found this web site and realise that others are sharing my fear of going to sleep at night…I am also experiencing severe neck problems and pain during the day now too, as I am propping myself up with many pillows to stop me lying flat so I am now taking painkillers a couple of times a day…could this be stress I wonder? whatever is causing this, it has me now dreading going to bed at night and I just lay there and wait for the “pings” to happen…I do watch a lot of TV when I first go to bed to try and make me tired enough to fall asleep….I have managed to lose over 20 kilos in weight over the last 12 months, I was 128 kilos, and have now beaten the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes given to me last year. Did all this have anything to do with the onset of EHS I wonder?? Perhaps its one of life’s mysteries never to be solved.

    November 23, 2008
  68. Woodek #

    I seem to get this in cycles. It doesnt happen every day but once or twice a year. I thought it was from extreme fatigue but I have proven that not to always be the case. Right now I have some slight ringing in my ears and can tell if I try to sleep right now, Im going to experience the explosions.

    I get these “explosions” when I start to drift off the sleep, and it wakes me suddenly. Mine actually sound like a guitar being plugged into and amp that is turned way up. Not musical, but like a very loud electrical BANG that lasts only a second but my heart and body “shock” for a few seconds after this noise.

    Glad Im not the only one that hears this and also that it isn’t serious, (other than loosing some sleep).

    November 23, 2008
  69. Oriole Thornton #

    sorry I forgot to mention that I am 68 years old and grandmother to 5 , one of which is intellectually disabled. I “baby sit” 4 days out of 7. My daughter (45) has breast cancer and my husband (77) has undergone quadruple heart bi-pass surgery and is awaiting both knee replacements. As he can hardly walk, I have to do all the lawns etc as he refuses to pay for them to be done..At night, trying to drift off to sleep the “pings” start….stress related or what? They are worse now as I am waking in the morning so I have to jump out of bed sometimes around 4 am.. They are also worse if I am sleeping on my right side… Great to know I can chat to someone about all this.

    November 24, 2008
  70. Debbie #

    I am happy I found this!! I had one or two episodes a couple of years back. Now I have been having them every night since March 2008 I will be 42 in a week. My episodes vary from the bang, to the electrical noise. I also experience an adrenaline rush feeling and my heart would beat really fast and flashes of light. I called my doctor and told him about my heart rate. I had blood tests and an echo cardiogram. My tests came back excellent. I did not tell him about the noises. I do have bad sinus problems. Lately my ears feel really congested and when I lay down it feels like there is fluid running out of my ears, I also had an ENT look at my ears and he said they are ok? so I am wondering if it has anything to do with my eustation tubes/middle ear. I am also under alot of stress, single mom of a child with behavior problems plus I lost my job. Anyway I was getting really stressed thinking I have a brain tumor, heart problems, seizures or some other kind of major health problem. I am happy that I am not the only one experiencing this, not happy that we have to go through it!!! As soon as I get health insurance again I am going back to the ENT to have them check my middle ear. Thanks to everyone who posted.

    November 30, 2008
  71. Oriole Thornton #

    If anyone is interested, I received the official results of the “overnight Sleep Study” I did at home a month ago. I asked that this test be done because of the “pinging and flashing in my head”. The sleep specialist I saw today with my results told me I had Mild Sleep Apnea and if I continued to lose weight, as I have been doing, the sleep apnea would go away and I wouldn’t need to wear a mask at night. I asked him what he knew about “Exploding Head Syndrome” (EHS),. and he looked at me blankly and asked where on earth I had heard that one. I then gave him a couple of pages I had printed off from this website and he, (this specialist who charges $155 for a 1/2 hour appointment), was speechless. After a few Ahms, and Ahas, he decided that what I have been experiencing was officially called ‘HYPNAGOGIC HALLUCINATIOS” . He said there is no known cure,and no medication could be prescribed….in other words…live with it. I still think he is certain I was making it all up. I looked up his diagnosis on a web site and it is a completely different condition. I do not see spirits or strange people in my bedroom, or feel someone is holding me down on the bed. I get an explosion and flashing light in my head while I am drifting off to sleep, sometimes during the night, and always as I am waking in the morning, and thats that. Thank goodness for this website and to know that others are having this damn annoying problem, if anyone comes up with a cure…please, please, let us know. I can’t begin to imagine living with this for the rest of my life, even though it looks like I may have to. Good Luck All.

    December 3, 2008
  72. Kay #

    My experience with exploding head sydrome occurred during a time of high stress, I think two instances. RIGHT before falling asleep I heard what sounded like a huge chest or cabinet falling over and hitting the ground – everyone in the house was already sleeping and settled. It startled me and caused me to inquire about what it could have possibly been. After the first instance I looked it up and found out what it was. It hasn’t happened since, thank gosh.

    December 10, 2008
  73. JAN #

    I JUST HAD THE BANG AND WOKE UP. AFTER 4 YEARS OF IT I GRAPPED MY LAPTOP TO FIND OUT I HAVE EHS AND AM NO LONGER WORRIED ABOUT HAVING A BRAIN TUMOR.
    THANKS A MILLION GUYS AND GOODNIGHT.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS,
    HAPPY BANGS AND FLASHES TO YOU ALL !!!

    December 23, 2008
  74. I have been having this for over 11 months. Its what everyone os describing and its occasional. I am relieved to know I am not the only one. Its a big bang loud noise inside my head like a Gun shot as if the head would explode and the aftermath is a striking aroud the neck or face like a lighting stroke, headache and neck pain after. I dont like it and I wil never do. Mine starts at midnight when I am about to pray or in the middle of prayer. Not at any other times. I thot something was trying to prevent me. Sometimes in the head I feel the head is brething, I can feel this when my head is on the pillow, I would adjust the head but it continues.
    Sometimes too its like the sound of rushing stream that ‘pru pru pru’ sound of a nice cool stream in a quiet town. To me its all bizarre and I am not finding it funny.
    There should be a treatment somewhere since a lot of people have it now! What could be trigerrring such a loud bang. I feel the bang effect after on my head.

    agreed

    December 24, 2008
  75. Jackie #

    I have had this for several months, about twice per week. I describe it as sounding like two rapid gun shotsounds in my head, normally preceded by a rushing stream sensastion. I wonder if there is a correlation to taking ‘nytol’ which is a medication to assist sleep sold over the counter at the chemist? My EHS has occurred when I take this, but not exlusively. Has anyone also had a nose bleed? Feeling dizzey? happy New Year to all

    December 30, 2008
    • Mary #

      I took nytol last night and had this happen to me for the first time in my life…it felt like an electrical explosion in my head and then I found EHS on Wiki….that is funny about the nytol…I wonder if it is a trigger

      March 12, 2012
      • Anonymous #

        I’m currently lay awake after my second on tonight. Precisely What you said. I hear a bank like a fuse going off, and a feeling of an electric shock at the same time. It Sounds like it’s coming from the corner of my room, but there is nothing there at all. First time it happened once last night, and twice tonight.

        The electric shock feeling is unbalance and makes me not want to go back to sleep.

        Danny

        May 7, 2013
  76. Hester #

    @Brendaz..I too have a family member with epileptie and myself i suffer from Exploding sounds of elictrical wires too….it;s like being aware of and able to hear all the neurons running through your head who are doing something ….i find it horrible and scary to no end and being pulled out of the body is the wackiest part…

    I must say that i am really happy i see there are more people who have this but it concerns me more that there still isn;t found a proper origin …and any shrink who wants to put this under the category of mental illness with psychological origin ….*you can shuff it!* cause it;s a biological thing… only it happens to involve the brain …grrr

    January 1, 2009
  77. Christin #

    I also suffer fromthis condition, however, it sounds like a loud 747 rushing through my head, as soon as it happen’s I get sleep paralysis immediately, then I try to fight it so I can wake myself back up, which is usually impossible. I have learned, it goes away much faster and easier when I subcomb to it, I just make myself relax (in my sleep) try not to fight it and it goes away. It only happen’s why I sleep on my back, so I sleep on my stomach now, but occasionally wake up on my back (turning in sleep). Last night I stopped breathing to the point when it felt like my lips and nostrils were superglued together and I couldn’t get a breath no matter what and I said to myself, this is it, I’m going to die, it lasted so long I felt like I was going to pass out in my sleep, then suddenly a pop and I woke immediately, and refused to go back to sleep. I saw a Dr. once about the loud noise many years ago and he said it was (circle of willis) those are veins and arteries that are at te base of your brain and you may be lying on them cutting off circulation…I sometimes think it is a neck problem (spinal stenosis, etc) they really need to do more research on this, I don’t want to go back to sleep!!!!!!

    January 4, 2009
  78. Grace #

    does anybody have a spiritual explanation for this?

    January 10, 2009
  79. pedro #

    I have my explosions while I am dreaming. Does anybody else experience this. Last night I was dreaming that I had a steel base ball bat in my hand and I had dropped it into a substance like silver mercury which in my dream caused some kind of electrical reaction. I picked the base ball bat back up and looked at it closely. The bat seemed to be having a small electrical storm in and around the surface of it. In the dream I thought id better let go of the bat because the electrical storm was seemingly to get bigger and bigger. I dropped the bat once again and as it hit the ground it exploded and this is when I had my head bang/ explosion thingy also there was a huge flash of the brightest white light. As usual I woke up straight after. The funny thing about this explosion I had a taste of metallic in my mouth when I awoke. I understand how the brain can do amazing things as I suffer from panic/anxiety attacks. I have come to live with the symptoms of this problem. Im sure I am having what we have all described in this forum EHS. I am 40 year old male and the explosions started not to long after I had my first anxiety attack maybe a year or so after. Im tired of fighting these feelings that I can not control I know these problems will not kill me so I just accept them and I find that this helps me with this announce in my life. Ok hope everyone can get some sleep sometime and try not to worry to much about things we can not change easier said than done I know. Thanks all…………………….

    January 17, 2009
  80. vince #

    wow, i had this happen to me earlier today as i was falling asleep, my woman was sleeping next to me when i jumped trying to figure out where the gunfire was coming from and realized it was all in my head. The family just kind of looked at me like i was nuts or something,when i was telling them about it.It’s good to know i’m not the only one.

    January 24, 2009
  81. stranger #

    Thank God it wasn’t me only.
    For the last 5 months or so I had 3 episode of what’s called EHS.
    When I am asleep a very loud noise and electric shock inside my brain with white flash that last for a second or so .
    I am 51 years old .

    January 28, 2009
  82. mno #

    It is certainly comforting to learn that I am not the only one experiencing this. I have had three episode- each episode escalating in loudness and colour vibrance. The third one was so extreme that it was like a meterological “Big Bang” – I was convinced a neuron had shorted in my head!

    January 28, 2009
  83. may #

    I am so pleased to have discovered this page. At last I can share my experience with someone. I explained the problem to my GPs several times but I don’t think they understood what I described. So I don’t bother them anymore with this problem. It always happened whilst I was trying to sleep, it started with a sensation on some part of my head, it could be at the back of the throat, inside my mouth, or on the back of my head. The sensation travelled to top of my head then I could ‘see’ with my eyes closed, horizontal zig-zag black and white lines in a quick flash. For a few seconds afterwards, the sensation of explosion remained then gradually subsided and I fell asleep. I have been experiencing this for nearly 30 years, I am 58 years old. The last time I experienced was last night and the width of the zig-zag lines was slightly wider than the past.

    I personally feel it could be related to the heart, and/or blood pressure. Since the doctors don’t seem to have come across my problem from other patients, I resign to the fact that I just have to live with it. I am so relieved to learn that I am not alone.

    January 31, 2009
  84. Lee G #

    Im 32 and have been experiencing EHS ( ya gotta love the name for this condition.!) for 5 or so years. I have always wondered if there is some serious damage occuring because of the intensity of my episodes. Unlike most of your descriptions, i dont experience a loud “bang” or other noises but an intense pressure that starts around my temples and then (roughly where i start to wake) the intensity increases stronger and stronger toward the middle of my head untill it feels like my brain is going to pop.! (It really does, and is soooo intense!) It doesnt scare me though because i always work through it and once it eases, i go straight back to sleep. I had no idea what it was untill i found this page so thanks for the reassuring comments, i now feel more comfortable living with EHS.! =)

    February 3, 2009
  85. OS #

    I find relief to know that I am not the only sufferer of such experiences! I am a 28 year old male and I have been a sufferer for about five years, since I had my first panic attack, I also have generalized anxiety and depression and I am obese, I do believe that i have sleep apnea but have no insurance, hence the undiagnosis. Several times I have tried to explain the feelings and experience associated with EHS to my mother after an experience only to get a puzzled look of, you must of really lost it. (LOL) But now I have found others who can understand and recognize my uncomfortable state. I often describe it as, what is would feel like to have electrical shock therapy of the brain, a loud (((((ZAP))))) and light blue flash of lightening before my eyes all in a split second, and leaves me panicked with a racing heart and eyes wide open, I often flinch and my entire body jolts as well, I don”t know if this is because of the intense panic (shock) or if it is also a neurological effect of EHS, I jump out of my skin and my legs kick and arms flop, i thought for a while i was having a mini seizure, but know that a seizure last longer than a fraction of second, I was left with the conclusion for years that maybe the look my mom was giving me was the look of confirmation and not question. Does anyone else experience the flinch or sudden physical jolt?

    February 11, 2009
  86. Donny #

    My EHS experiences began back in 1978 when I was a teen. The sensation would start in the back of the head and continue to move on through to the front with the sound of high-pitched thunder and was always accompanied by an electrical-like feeling. After two years of this, it culminated with a full blown hallucination (like staring at my own heart) and the EHS sounds finally stopped. Since then I’ve only had one repeat of a major EHS sound (November, 1998) which was also followed by a “flying dream” like hallucination (this one was in the mountains–so cool). And I have only had small spurts of “thunder” since then.

    But I have to say that as experiences go, these pre-dreaming hallucinations were quite illuminating, though decades apart and the EHS sound-sensations were never painful. I am convinced that there is a simple neurological mechanism that explains it all, though I’ll be darned if I know what triggers it.

    February 15, 2009
  87. Gloria #

    As others have said, I was relieved to find this website and to learn that that many others experience EHS. As best as I can remember, my first explosion was 12 years ago while sitting at my computer. I’ve had about 7 others over the years, but the majority of mine are while awake and at the computer. I can recall two during my sleep, and my family doctor thought it was a sleep apnea, so we let it go at that.

    It is terrifying, and I also worried that I may have had a stroke, but when everything goes back to normal so quickly, it’s a relief. My heart also races faster than I can ever recall it racing at any time. I just assumed it was because the experience is so frightening.

    Just before Christmas this year I was in the mall shopping when I had a huge explosion in my head, and my vision blurred to the point of only seeing shadows of black and white. It only lasted a few seconds, but that sent me to my family doctor, who thought the blurred vision may be tied to hypoglycemia (I’ve never been diagnosed with that, however). Then a couple of weeks later, I awoke one morning and opened my eyes to see everything in the room an electric green color, and the black socks on my feet, electric blue.

    Went to a neurologist (I am lucky to have found a wonderful and wise doctor), and he mentioned EHS as a first guess (before tests). I looked for info on the web and found this site and others, and felt such a relief in learning that nothing serious is happening.

    I have never used drugs, never smoked, and don’t drink, but I have had significant radiation to my head (back and front) from the ears down which has caused some problems with feeling discomfort/pressure at the base of my neck (not a headache). And, the EHS incidents started after the radiation. So possibly some head trauma is involved in what causes these incidents.

    May God bless everyone here, and also those out there who are suffering without knowing they’ll be okay.

    February 19, 2009
  88. Anders #

    Although I have had the occasional gunshot experience, most of the time I just hear the phone ring or somone calling my name. Quite often I hear a voice saying one or two sentences, gramatically correct and coherrent. Nothing that has ever worried or frightened me.

    February 20, 2009
  89. bob #

    hello my name is bob. i have been reading your messages on exploding head. i am 58 years old and on anziety meds. i get a feelin that fikreworks is going on in my head. my finger tips and toungu go picky numb for a split second.the noise is on my left side of my head.it sound like static in my ears and a crash in my head. is this something all you people are experiancing. thank you bob

    February 22, 2009
  90. Anonymous #

    What about just a loud ringing sound while awake with almost none of the other symptoms? It doesn’t occur while I sleep, but is loud enough to make me cringe and wonder what’s happening. EHS sounds like the closest thing, and yet it seems to only apply to sleeping.

    March 4, 2009
  91. Anonymous #

    It also just occurs randomly. Sometimes it can be 5 times a week, or maybe once in two years.

    March 4, 2009
  92. Anonymous #

    Hi, its Willy from the Netherlands again. My doctor has prescribed me Ritrovil. I have now tried it twice and slept like a baby! Hope it will continue to help but so far I am extremely happy! Maybe a tip?

    March 30, 2009
  93. ameba #

    Bizzaro indeed. I thought someone was shooting me in my sleep when I first experienced this. I thought I was alone in experiencing this until just today when I saw it here. I basically thought I was insane so I never mentioned it to anyone. I really just thought it was a very realistic bad dream, but does the “noise” come first or the act in the dream sequence. I can never figure that one out. or say you hear a real loaud noise in your sleep. How does your mind interject the noise into the setting of your dream so realistically and choreographically? It really amazes me. It’s also funny howmuch time I spend responding to this stuff because my life is so dull and no one at work talks or pays attention to me- really sad for me I guess, but I get to go home to a nice wife and two kids that love me, so screw them I guess.

    March 31, 2009
  94. Anonymous #

    Sorry, the name is Rivotril, Clonazepam and it really works!!!!!!!!!!!! I tak 1 mg appox. half an hour before I go to bed and haven’t had any attaques since!

    April 7, 2009
  95. Anonymous #

    I just heard the term “exploding hear syndrome” for the first time today. I have been experiencing this for about 10 years. Had never heard of anyone else with this condition. I experience a loud noise in my head and sometimes associated with a flash of light; at least once it was a blue light other times I have seen white dots on a black background.

    I tried to explain this to my doctor but she had never heard of it. I also went to an Ear, Nose, Throat guy some years ago. He said it was nothing to worry about. It always happens to me when I’m between being a wake and asleep. The ENT just said your brain does funny things in the intermediate stage between wakefulness and sleep.

    About a year ago I had the idea of putting on a CD by my bed when going to bed. Since I am a Christian, I have CDs of my pastor’s sermons as well as CDs by Joyce Meyer, a Christina speaker, and others. Interestingly enough, I have done this for months and have never had an occurrence of EHS while the CD is on. I always fall asleep well before the CD is finished without any symptoms. I have not tried a music CD. I suspect it might work as well.

    May 5, 2009
  96. Karen #

    I did not think I would find anything on the computer about this sensation I have been experiencing at night. While I am on my back sleeping, my whole body jerks violently and I see a flash of light (while the eyes are closed). I don’t always experience the loud sound, however, I believe I have in the past but not so recently. I was beginning to wonder if I was not breathing for a period of time and that this was possibly like near death experience. I have not talked to a doctor about this, but probably will the next chance I get. I suffer from anxiety attacks, and depression at times. The doctor said I might have an imbalance of the chemicals in my brain causing the strange anxiety attacks that I experience. Anyway, these posts have helped me realize that this very well could be my problem. Yes, we have a name for it, but what the heck is causing it? If I am close to death at each episode, I have figured out if I don’t then wake up, I look forwar to seeing the Lord. And what a way to go. At least this happens so quickly, you can’t avoid or stop the inevitable.

    May 11, 2009
  97. Nat #

    OMY GOODNESSS i cannot believe other people actually have this! I just started getting these symptoms about 2 months ago and it’s been one of the worse things in my life. I am already an insomniac, but now, I am very scared to go to sleep, even if i am near passing out :(
    Does this ever get better or go away?

    May 18, 2009
  98. Hester #

    Hello,
    Last night i had it again..three times and had real difficulty waking myself out of it. The scary thing is, i really thought i was about to die of a stroke or a seizure…really really scared that the vessels might pop, the noise was like electricity running full power through my brain like a short-circuit error i had to breath very loud to hear myself and try to wake up…simply horrible.

    Thing i like to say is that this time, the condition i found myself in was.
    one of vatigue…menstrual period about to arrive…and slight muscle pain in the neck. So that might have helped to the extreme this time.
    Just want it to stop…!

    May 19, 2009
  99. Marilyn #

    I am so relieved to have found so many people with the same problem. It happened to me about a week ago. I was sleeping, having a dream (driving my car, having a feeling that something was fallling on top of my car) all of a sudden this LOUD BANG happened. It didnt feel like part of my dream, it was in my head (back, a little to the right of the middle of my head). I was so scared, I thought something had popped inside my head. I hesitated going to the doctor for fear of looking like I was crazy. A few nights later a similar thing occurred. It wasnt a loud bang, more of a cap gun sound. No lights flasing, no aura. Just the sound. I do suffer from migrains, as a few of you have said. I cant believe a visit to google with the words loud bang in head, led me to this site. Thank goodness, its nice to know Im not crazy & others have or are having the same experience. I just hope it never happens again.

    May 20, 2009
    • Cheryl S. #

      Thank you Marilyn for your comments. I’m glad you’re not crazy!! Maybe you should take a relaxing vacation in Ft. Lauderdale for some fun in the sun!

      May 27, 2009
  100. I have flashing on my peripheral vision, sharp pains at the base of my skull, temporary dyslexia, abdominal pressure, convulsion, auditory and scent hallucinations and groin pain. Does this sound like anything anyone might have? The mind is so complex, I have even experienced knocking on all four walls of my room at the same time, sparks emanating from a wall mirror and the feeling of someone trying to push me down a flight of stairs! “Thank you” for having this open forum for people to get answers to bizarre events they can’t explain!!

    May 22, 2009
  101. ginnie #

    i have no sound. bombs, burining oil like explosions lightning strikes, all kinds of explosions but no no noise. it has been happening for about 1 year. scares me so death. am afraid to go to sleep. two times when the electric like thing has gone through my whole body a light socket in another room has gone out. what is wrong?

    July 27, 2009
  102. ginnie #

    i have no sound. bombs, burning oil like explosions, lightning strikes. all kinds of explosions but no noise. it has been happening for about one year. scares me to death. am often afraid to go to sleep/ two time the electric like explosione has gon throug my whole body and a light socket in another room has gone out. it is the new kind of like socket that will auto go off.

    July 27, 2009
  103. amy #

    When I am just about to fall asleep I hear this loud noise in my head that sounds like someone has just pulled a needle off a record player that is on really loud. It use to scare me but now I realize others have this problem. I was afraid to tell anyone but now I am going to mention it to my doctor. I also get migraines once in a while. I was going to start taking medication for the migraines so maybe this will help.

    July 30, 2009
  104. David #

    I had the sound of explosions in my head; but for only three mornings in a row when I was eleven-years-old. I was in a foster home, and my life there was very stressful. On the first morning it started, I heard a person’s voice, and then I heard another voice and then another and another until there were thousands of voices in my head, this took only a few seconds, and then there was a very loud explosion in my head, and the voices stopped, then it would start over again within a few seconds of hearing the explosion. This happened to me three mornings in a row, and each morning it happened three times. It hasn’t happened to me since, but years later when I was a teenager, I began to have spells where when after falling asleep on my back, I would awake paralized; during the paralasis I would feel waves of pain which would flow thrugh my body, and I still have had these sensations, but not for a year now. The pain can only be described as an electrical current which flows thrugh my entire body. I can bring myself out from the paralasis and pain, if I force myself to move a toe or finger, but the longer I wait the stronger the electrical force becomes. It has been something that I haven’t gotten used to. I have wondered what would happen if I were to let it take its course, but I haven’t had the guts to try as of yet. It has even happened while I have laid on my right side, but not as often. Several year ago I had one of those attacks, and I forced myself out of it, but it became so strong that it took over me again and again, I had to force myself to get out from my bed before I could actually stop it. I am a psychic person, and I can see people’s auras as well as my own, I can also heal people thru massage. I have also had many psychic visions through out my life. I have also studied and have experianced astro projection. I will tell you one thing which I have learned through my psychic experiances; if you begin something which involves things which are of a psychic nature, like astral projection, or anything else, you have opened a door, that you will not be able to close; it snowballs, until you are completely caught up in it. I have had many of the experiances many of you have had. One thing I have learned from studying psychic phanomana, is to ask your higher self for guidence; your higher self will always give you an answer to your question. You can call your higher self God, spirit, life, or whatever you like, but after asking the question, look for your answer. It might be in a newspaper, something you might hear someone say, a bumper sticker, license plate. I promise that you will have the answer to your question. It has always worked for me.

    August 10, 2009
  105. Hester #

    David…no offence but why haven´t you asked your higher self for guidence yet then about this syndrome? or why haven´t you got any answers for it then?…I think it is pretty awefull to categorise this exploding head syndrome into the branche of psychicness and god-experiences…it makes it harder for scientist to understand or even take serious…as i believe this is a fysical condition caused by some unknown fysical (probably mixed with behaviour) condition and that has yet to be looked into…and above all, be taken serious, because who know it might be a dangerous thing.

    August 17, 2009
  106. Gene W #

    Wow. After reading all of the people that have EHS, it doesn’t seem so uncommon.
    I’ve had it for years mostly when just falling asleep. In fact, it seems that my mind falling asleep is the trigger for these explosions. Not really scary, but defiantly unnerving when trying to get to sleep. Sometimes i worry about falling asleep because I wonder when the sound will occur. Fatigue defiantly seems to be one of the triggers..

    August 19, 2009
  107. Nate D. #

    It is definitely good to know I’m not the only one. I thought it was a sign of a stroke or something. I’ve only had them a few times in my life it just started recently. I’m 23 male, and am on anti depressant, which i’m not sure if it effects it. For me it is a large explosion, like a nuclear bomb going off in the distance. It is the strangest sensation. It’s not like my ears hear it, it’s like my brain hears it…if that makes any sense. After a little research I believe it really isn’t a syndrom at all and just the entering and exiting of the dream world. It happened right before i was coming out of my sleep as if the bomb was a result of me coming out and not the cause of me waking up. It didn’t startle me at all, as I’m usually too tired and lazy to care. lol. At first I didn’t really recognize them as actual happenings, just like people forget dreams once they wake up….but after having a really loud one recently, I knew something was up. I do tend to stay up late when I’m tired, I wonder if that can be a cause as I’m exhausted when I sleep. Either way I hope more research is done.

    October 29, 2009
  108. Deborah Strazdas #

    Shortly after falling asleep, I experience a loud buzzing in my head as if a million bees were inside my skull. This is followed by a sound like that of a heavy iron door crashing open. I then feel my soul leaving my body, rising from the feet first. As my head leaves my body there is a final popping noise. I look at myself lying in my bed, but my body doesn’t look like me. Everything is dark and grey as if I can’t see clearly. I am floating face down. I explore my surroundings from this new angle. The carpet, the couple lying in the bed, the top of my piano. As I begin to sense that I am out of my body, I start to feel like I am out of conrol. At first I am up around the top of the room, bumping into the ceiling and the walls. After a while, I realize I can pass right through them. Suddenly, I am outside, looking down at houses, city lights, treetops, etc. The neighbors dogs can see me and bark frantically. Occasionally, other people have seen me as well, and are frightened. I find myself moving quickly toward places I love. Toward Texas and Colorado, seeking loved ones that I have lost contact with. Other times, I feel like I am being pulled forward or backward into a spiral that I cannot control. I have found myself far up in the sky , unable to see the earth, nothing but stars all around. I become afraid. I feel like if I go any further, the cord that binds me to my body will break, and I will be lost. I have encountered “others” while in this state that seemed malevolent, even grabbing at me. I call on Jesus to help me, and they exploded into nothingness. Panic overwhelms me at the thought of being all alone and unable to get back. I also realize that I don’t see any light except the light of the stars. At this point I am suddenly spiralling backward, like I am being pulled, totally helpless. The momentum is so great that the sound of the wind in my ears is deafening. My next concious thought is waking up with my heart racing, covered in sweat.

    November 4, 2009
  109. Davy_35m #

    What started off as a relief in having found a site offering a reason for the unfolding symptoms which have disturbed my sleep on and off for the past couple of years, has degenerated into psychical ravings of some truly crazy mixed up kids. My ‘buzzes’ are undoubtedly EHS, electrical tingling in hands/arms/feet etc are actually quite pleasant at times but can empathise with 107’s David’s feeling of being carried away somewhere and being afraid to go with it. Wonder what would happen or if I really have any control other than being able to wake up? Anyway, I’m rambling. More recently however, I’ve been pretty stressed with work and characteristic buzzes have been replaced with jolts and worse still, waking up in a sweat utterly panicked. Happy I can link everything now though. Can’t say I’ve heard any explosions, thankfully! I’m an ex soldier and would have slapped a self diagnosed PTSD sticker on that one’s ass:-) Anyone noticed that apart from the obvious relief of finding other people have the same symptoms and theres a name for this, We’re all, for the most part, talking about this with a strange fondness? Wierd. Almost looking forward to going to sleep in the morning (Now an A&E nurse) as I know what mad-mind-mess awaits me…(the buzz please let it be the buzz) Yeah, stress/drink/and more recently, special alone time just before sleep brings it on. If it is electrical in some way, I bet a good ol fashiones ‘One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ course of ECT would soon fix our wagons!;-)) feel free to email, especially if you’re sleep deprived good lookin and female and need to while away some awake time x david-leitch@hotmail.co.uk

    November 18, 2009
    • Ain't that some sh*t! #

      I have experienced this scary nightime malidy for more that 5 yrs. Sometimes it sounds like an explosion, a bomb exploding. Sometimes it feels electrical, almost like a buzz. And on occasion (very rarely) I will notice a flash of light accompanying the explosion. This is very frightening to say the least. It immediately wakes you with a start from a sound sleep. There is never any pain involved and i am able to fall back to sleep immediately. I have recently made a huge discovery. I was thinking that any time i was on vacation for the last three years, this literally never happens. So, I thought…what am i doing at home that i am not on vacation? I briefly heard recently of the horrors of using aspartame (artificial sweetner). I drink every day glasses of a generic form of Crystal Light (contains aspartame). So, it dawned on me that i NEVER drink anything diet on vacation (mostly water) and wine etc…LOL. Anyway, for the last week I have not touched anything that contained this chemical, just cranberry juice etc…and low and behold. NO explosions!!! Last night i performed a little experiment. I drank two glasses of diet lemonade that contains aspartame. and Son of a u-know-t. FOUR expisodes of explosions last night. CRAZY. I wouldn’t drink another drop of that crud if you paid me.

      December 9, 2009
  110. Mary Varga #

    My family physicians states that I am the only one in his practice with firecrackers going off. I describe it as as a loud niose, yes, there appears to be light. He even suggested that I see another neurologist.
    The neurologist ( I am keeping) has a MRI booked for early Jan.Stress anxiety and depression have contibuted to my “firecrackers”.
    Before retiring I even had them at work.

    November 21, 2009
  111. gail #

    Mary, I too have suffered with EHS for the last 2+ years since I was pregnant with my youngest child, I have heard loud shouting, loud whispers, explosion like a loud ZZZZZZ as if it was an electrical current going through my head, followed immediately by a flash of white light across my eyes. I asked my Gp about it, and told her I had researched it on the internet, she said she had never heard of it, I mentioned it to my neurologist, who I see for my daily migraines, but he said it wasn’t a neurological condition and needed to go back to my Gp for a referral, he did say he knew what it was. Does your neurologist say that it could be a neurological condition? Im going to go back to my Gp to discuss it further, when I can get in for an appointment!! I’d be interested to hear what your neurologist thinks, im having a Ct scan tommorow, I wonder if anything could be seen on there.
    take care all xxxx

    November 23, 2009
  112. Carla #

    Wow! I can’t believe I can finally put a name on this strange phenomenon I’ve been experiencing on & off since the late 70’s! To date, I do not hear any loud noise(s) nor see a bright flash of light… My experience is “electrical”. It happens either when I’m about to enter actual sleep, or when I’m about to wake up… It’s starts as a low current-like noise that I can actually hear, but then it sounds & feels like someone suddenly ‘turning up the power’… like an electric surge. At that moment I usually change my head position, which “stops” that surge, but then another one comes. They are usually multiple, 3 to 5 in a row. I wonder now that if I didn’t stop them (by changing positions/sitting up) if I would hear a loud noise & see a bright flash like others have described. There is never any pain, nor do I feel momentarily ‘paralyzed’. I think it’s also worth noting that while I do take a beta blocker for my heart (inderal), the EHS started a decade before I took anything… even vitamins. Also, I am a 4 year pre-veterinary student and after taking Vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology, I agree with Max (#35) that this is definitely a nervous system phenomenon, not cardio/vascular. Also remember that the nervous system works via electric impulses. When you’re about to sleep (or wake up), neurons do ‘fire off’ in preparation for these stages. Thanks everyone for sharing & I hope this helps! -Carla

    November 28, 2009
  113. Hester #

    Hello, I had this EHS again a few weeks ago and last night more severe…I was in bed about dozing of to sleep and the cracking sounds began to wake me up inside…it got louder and louder and kept going at a certain volume. This time it felt more like my brain was being pulled with the electrical signals going one way out and while i tried to force myself to wake out of it i found myself being pulled the other way out of my body again…

    I try to relax but the firing of neurons would not stop, it was as if my headscontent started to be downloaded on somewhere and i just had to wait for it to finish…

    I have to say i was tired once again which seems to trigger this state but it is quite scary and horrible anyway especially since i am always afraid that a connection may snap with my body and i cannot get back…and die…Horrible bleh.

    December 3, 2009
  114. sandi #

    i am wondering what happenned to clint richie from one life to live, and lisa pognot from loving……

    December 4, 2009
  115. Andre #

    I had this again last night and started looking on the internet when I came across this thread. “I am normal ;) “…..

    THE Problem is: I just had a hip replacement, and when I got the green flash and electric shock (like someone zapped me with a taser) my leg jolted, causing extreme pain in the muscles around the operated area of the new hip joint.

    I crapped myself. Although I know I have sleep apnea, and I am extremely tired as I have not been sleeping good lately this one was by far the worst and most powerfull event I’ve had, and now accompanied by pain from the opp. I’ve had this for about the last 10 years or so.

    I suppose I will have to go and see the doctor today for some pain meds and perhaps something to relax me and get me to sleep (safely).

    Thank for the thread and info everyone.

    EHS sufferer,
    Andre

    December 31, 2009
  116. Tom #

    Yes! Good to know im not the only one…
    I have experience sleep paralysis about three times which is actually terrifying…
    I have experiecened this head pop thing twice now each time due to lack of sleep. not fightening like sleep paralysis which is really very creepy… but it still makes me jump awake…
    Happy to hear its not too serious.
    Sweet dreams

    January 2, 2010
  117. Steven #

    Took this from…24. Simon New Zealand – September 24, 2007
    Since my case is very simlar to his, but slightly different.

    I suffer from this – only very occasionally, like a gunshot going off in my head at night and flash of light, although I can be less certain of the ‘accompanying’ flash. I also suffer from some kind of seizures in the night and I’ve been trying to find information on these as they are more frequent. I’m sure that sometimes the ‘bang’ and the seizures are coincidental. I remain sort of paralyzed while my seizure ensues until i eventually am able to open my eyes where I then am awake. It’s weird becuase I’m aware that I’m seizing but cant open my eyes; and when I do, I’m awake and fine. My girlfriend saw it happen once and told me it looked like a seizure.

    Maybe happens once or twice a month. I’m 23 and male. It started about a year ago, I am a healthy, i go to school and work overnights so my sleep schedule is very messed which might be a factor in this.

    Does anyone else suffer anything similar to this? What do you guys think? Any input would be appreciated, thanks.

    January 4, 2010
  118. Syd #

    Wow, and I thought it was just a totally mental dream or something…

    I’m a little confused/worried still… this happened to me a few years ago, when I was probably about 13 or so, during hypnagogia. The thing is, I was conscious, but dreaming this crazy and messed up dream… something about some massive object or creature and I had to do move around it and do tasks or something… clearly an actual dream, but I was still awake somehow? Like, totally aware and I could look around my room and everything, but still see the dream… and whenever the thing moved or I messed up, BANG. Exploding Head Syndrome..? There was no “electrical” feeling or zap. Just these huuuuuge bangs that I couldn’t stop or fuuuully wake up from, and they actually kinda hurt my head.. I’m healthy and active, and this is the only time something as obvious as this has happened, but I’m confused and very curious… I am however very stressed and sleep deprived due to extra-cirriculars and homework, so that ties in with the Exploding Head Syndrome thing.. Does anybody have any idea what might have happened? Because it was the scariest thing ever and it’s bothered me enough for me to still be freaked out by it ever since.. =\ Thanks!!

    January 5, 2010
    • stephen sierzega #

      lol i cant help but to imagine a boss from a zelda game….. but in all seriousness i get what your saying, it never happens to me unless I come out of a dream or just about to reach actual sleep and not a state of lucidity before sleep. It may be that your senses are reacting to an external world while your brain is projecting to you your dream as well as reality, its like your eyes are taking in reality, but when it gets to your brain, it attaches the dream to it, and then projects them to you so you see it as a whole real experience. its pretty creepy cause it feels so real, but I think if you practice, or we practice, we can do some pretty cool things with it… im just glad no one has ever been walking around the room or looking at me in real life while this is happening, cause i couldnt imagine what i would see if someone I knew was all shaking and demon like…

      Just try to concentrate on knowing that its happening, and opening your eyes which is the most important. it always works for me

      October 9, 2010
  119. Shell #

    I have been recently diagnosed with EHS. My symptoms are not the norm. I do occasionally get the noise, but I get a painful shock in my head. It then reverberates into my chest. My arms, hands, legs and feet then feel numbness and tingling. I have been put on sleep meds, but they make me extremely nauseated. Now I just started .5 mg of Klonopin, but it hasn’t helped. Is anyone else having the pain with it. I’ve had it almost 4 years now non stop. I was taking Lyrica before I was finally diagnosed with it. I’m so tired. Anyone have any ideas if it could be vitamin deficeincy or hormones?

    January 18, 2010
    • Barbara #

      I was so relieved to come across this site! I suffer from tinnitus, but the past year I’ve been experiencing EHS. The episodes seem to happen just before I go to sleep, but I’ve also been awakened from them. I have them in awake states as well. Many times a jolt to my heart will accompany the event..like a shot of adrenaline. Very scary, but so glad to hear the “thing” has a name. After reading the replies, the common thread seems to be stress or some disruptive sleep patterns. Since the death of my father, July ’08, I’ve been under “stress maximus.” It’s not uncommon for me to go two to three nghts in a row with no sleep…it’s ridiculous, but I can’t seem to pull myself out of this destructive state of mind. I suspected this EHS was related to the stress, but after reading everyone’s experiences, I think there’s no doubt.

      January 23, 2010
  120. Lizzy #

    I wake up to an actual cell phone ringing in my head. It happens just before I am about to awake. Could be aspartame or to much sugar before bed. I drank a gulp of diet Coke last night and had 4 cell phone episodes. I was drinking Diet Coke alot last year to stay away from high sugar levels. Apartame is bad stuff when you become sensative to it. This could be the link to this global condition. Spread the word!!

    January 25, 2010
  121. Lizzy #

    Sugar is the culprit!! Did not eat anything sweet (refined sugar) all day. Did have a banana with dinner which was a bowl of non-sweetened cereal. My wife and I eat our big meal at lunch. Keeps the weight off and increases the sex drive in the evening. Anyway, did not have any ring tones last night and slept like a baby. May not work right away for people that do not excersize in the evnening because you do not burn the accumilated sugar off as fast. Also found a new sugar substitute that is all natural that taste better than Stivia. Slept like a baby and got up early and beat my employees to work! Found out they ate a long breakfast! Heads a rolling but mine is quiet!!!

    January 26, 2010
    • Janie #

      Glad I discovered this site. Several years ago, just as I was about to fall to sleep, there was a loud explosion and an electrical shock in my head. It scared me so bad that I was afraid to go to sleep. As long as my eyes stayed open, nothing happened, so I tried to stay awake. It usually only happens just as I am about to fall to sleep. I though I had a brain tumor or something else and didn’t think anyone else would understand so I kept it to myself. I don’t have any disorders that I know of or any sleep problems usually. I have not been able to trace the cause to any particular reason, but am glad to know that I am not the only one having this problem. Thanks for the web site.

      February 6, 2010
  122. Diana #

    My husband found this explanation while listening to a radio talk show about cataplexy. EHS explains alot ,especially the analogy to a light bulb “Pop” I also have sleep paralysis with this where I cannot move my head or speak or open my eyes. Quite frightening. Seems to happen in clusters ,five or six then months before it happens again.My physician seemed perplexed as to what was happening, ordered an MRI which showed a sinus infection.
    does anyone else have the paralysis that accompanies mine?

    March 7, 2010
    • Kathey #

      I had the paralysis one afternoon about 2 years ago. I was taking a nap and I started to have a bad dream. It was horrifying so I wanted to come out of it. I couldn’t open my eyes, or move or scream. I was conscious but could not come out. It was horrible. I began to pray and ask God to release me and sure enough He did. I never told anyone because I felt it was a dream or nightmare. I haven’t had it since and hope I never will again. I feel there is an explanation for all of this. Until we know exactly what is happening to us. There is nothing to do but try to eat healthy, drink plenty of water and stay off the meds as much as possible. I stay busy with things that keep me laughing. I pray and I read my bible and I know God will get me through this. Hope this helps to ease a little worry. God bless us all!!!!

      March 24, 2010
  123. Jun #

    I am 23 and have been suffering from exploding head syndrome for 3 years. It always happened when I was just about to fall into sleep and lose consciousness. Then suddenly, I heard buzzing sound that appeared to originate from within the head. The sound started softly and becoming louder and louder. At the time when the sound was the loudest, I could feel intense throbbing pain at the back of my head. Then the intensity of the sound gradually subsided. Then the whole process of the growing and subsiding of the sound and pain occured once more time before I could force myself to wake up.

    The frequency of occurance is unpredicted. Sometimes it happens in cluster for several days and stops for several weeks or months before happening again once or twice.

    Although most people experienced this symptom due to stress or extreme fatigue, but for my case, it could also happen when I was in a relaxed and stressless condition before sleep.

    March 24, 2010
  124. Greatest title ever for a blog. Exploding Head Syndrome!
    Maybe the name of my next band.

    March 24, 2010
  125. Marillyn #

    Thought I was getting messages sent from aliens or something. It’s a weird zap or whoosh sound that started about a week ago and last night for the first time I’m almost asleep and heard a loud bang. I have a theory; I had a sinus infection bout 2 months ago. About three months ago, whenever I went to bed I made all these weird, whistles, rattles etc when I exhaled. This started when I went to bed but now does it during the day too. I occasionally get a bad sinus headache which even affects the sinuses that go to some of my teeth. Took antibiotics and a steroid nasal spray. Didn’t help too much. A few days ago my right inner ear started to hurt. By the way, my right nostril is always more stuffed up than my left. I don’t hear well when people talk to me; have to ask them to repeat themselves quite a few times. Can hear far away noises fine; I believe this has to do with the fact that I may have sinusitis. Also, I have very little energy; seem to lay down a lot; Anyway, short story, I am going to an otolarynologist (Ear, nose and throat doctor) next week. My daughter just went to one and was diagnosed with a deviated septum. She snores a lot, has nasal congestion, low energy and other symptoms. My father had sinus problems as well. When Chronic fatigue syndrome came out, the doctors noticed that a lot of the people who had it also had an acute sinus infection or chronic sinusitis; when they were treated for sinusitis, their CFS went away.

    April 21, 2010
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    July 6, 2010
  127. Diane in California #

    I heard a bonk, saw a flashing light on a red background and woke up gasping for breath…I thought oh, this is how you die…I love all you who have shared experiences……but no one seems to have a clue why it happens or how to stop it……I don’t mind the pops…but the apnea is terrifying…….keep sharing…….will check out the ear thing and also the aspartame connection….

    August 5, 2010
  128. stephen sierzega #

    This is my take on EHS — I have been expirementing with recreating EHS and have done it with success many times. Recently I have been forcing my body into a lucid dream before going to sleep, and when i actually start dreaming, I have been able to tell myself to open my eyes, which I do, but in turn I almost ALWAYS get sleep paralysis. When i force myself out of this dream I usually start to mildly hallucinate, like things shaking/vibrating, or things floating or blinking like my alarm clock, or what was really creepy, a “life size” bugs bunny coat rack blinking its eyes that i have from when i was a kid. What follows is usually a rush of panic/adrenaline/fear and what sounds to be screaming noises that goes from very amplified but quiet to obnoxiously loud. I have been able to wake myself before the noises get too loud but it does not work all the time, and sometimes it feels longer. some research I have done on it suggests that it is your stimulation senses waking before REM or the function of your brain that stops you from moving while sleeping finishes. So you can see everything around you but you are projecting a dream state into your sorroundings. I am no longer scared of this, and it has never happened to me randomly during the night as far as I can recall, only when falling or coming out of sleep. It still happens when I am not trying to induce it, but It almost always happens when I am, and still startles me. This usually happens when im laying on my right side. I am not stressed and completely relaxed, and it seems to happen more after a night of drinking. If you experience it where you wake up with sleep paralysis like I do, then if you force yourself to open your eyes it doesnt last more than 2-3 seconds for me, just enough to realize what is happening. Do not try to move your body, it wont work. just try to concentrate on opening your eyes and it will all go away.

    October 9, 2010
    • stephen sierzega #

      BTW i had EHS before trying to expirement with it. I recently just got curious on how to control it or induce it

      October 9, 2010
  129. stephen sierzega #

    ALSO ive had instances where I feel like im drifting/falling/or moving as a whole in general. This is the worst because you naturally want to fight it

    October 9, 2010
  130. Diane in California #

    All you doctors out there……WHY does it happen and how can it be avoided? I don’t want to induce it …it is too scary……I still hear the noises occasionally….I always look down at the cats on my bed and if their ears aren’t up listening I know the noise is in my head…

    October 9, 2010
  131. omg this is freaky stuff! I am sure I have had a dream about having this once

    October 11, 2010
  132. xana #

    somebody please help i wake up every night but heres the thing i dont realy wake up and i cant move i looked it up and it is sleep paraliysis but its only supposed to last five minutes but mine last one to two hours and sometimes i ear loud explosions or just nothing i wake up about four times a week with it im afraid to sleep and im fourteen so idk what to do

    October 25, 2010
  133. xana #

    o and also my nerve doctor cant describe or explain why i get this so i fugrued some peoples on the internet whould help me k thts all:/

    October 25, 2010
  134. xana #

    im female also

    October 25, 2010
  135. jessica #

    im 23 and have experienced something similar to this for weeks now at my new home. last night was rather intense, i was sleeping and heard my bedroom door close loudly! i immediately woke up and nothing and no one was there. this is the second night i hear what i think is my door. i couldnt fall back asleep because it just became a reoccuring nightmare… could it be EHS? i just need some sort of clarification that this could be it rather than me taking it to the extreme and thinking its some sort of paranormal experience! and it always occurs around 1-2 AM.

    November 9, 2010
  136. Many thanks regarding the awsome article. I am going to keep an observation on your site, i allready saved it to own list :)

    December 29, 2010
  137. Eileen #

    I never get these while asleep – always before sleep.
    My EHS feels like a noisy electrical zap going all through my body. A sharp noise can also trigger them. They started 12 years ago and were just in my head. Over the years they have grown.
    I have panic attacks, anxiety and Alice in Wonderland syndrome (AIWS) which is related to migraine.

    January 13, 2011
  138. OMG. I hadn’t heard of this before.

    March 2, 2011
  139. jan #

    I started experiencing these (similar to #140. Eileen)
    I take effexor 37 mg and then I don’t get them. If I stop taking it, they come back.
    I’m in the process of nutrient therapy, so I’ll see where that goes.
    I’m taking High EPH Omega 3. And I also add calcium and D.
    I’m going to look into St. Johns wort and 5HTP. But carefully.
    Do research on Omega and give it a try. You have nothing to lose.
    I’m trying to support my brain health as much as possible
    and hopefully can do without my effexor eventually.

    March 3, 2011
  140. Lisa #

    I’m not alone and this is such a relief!!! I think we need a Facebook page. I’ve had this off and on for about 15 years – just had one last night and I’m still out of sorts from it. I awaken terrified with my heart pounding from the sound of an enormous BANG in my head. When this happens I wake up clutching my face – often as I awaken I think “I am dead”. Unlike other people though, I do experience a physical sensation on my face – nose and mouth area – like someone has lightly slapped my face.

    March 4, 2011
  141. Mary Miller #

    I am so glad to hear what is going on in my head, I had my first gunshot sounding explosion about a week ago in the early morn. & then again this morning while sleeping an identical explosion that woke me up! So scsry, so we will see when it happens again! I had migrains when I was young but not so much lately! Glad to hear I am not alone! I have had a dull headache most of today.

    March 9, 2011
  142. Anti snoring when i have found out doesn’t just suddenly occur, I have usually snored loudly, had tonsils as well as adenoids removed when I was 19, and had problems in those days and I wasn’t fat as I am these days, The doctor, rest specialist asserted I’ve serious sleep apnea, he or she was worried about me personally, needed to say I had been also, With regard to Three 1/2 years I doctored and no you could evaluate which had been wrong beside me, When you get truly bad, when i was, you awaken continuously throughout the night to urinate after which start bed wetting, I had been informed i was incontinent and given vesica meds that swelled me up just like a go up, My ankles swelled as well as my personal legs had been beginning to swell and I ‘m not really a sodium user, That was when the urologist explained I’d congestive coronary heart failing, We said I was simply within the coronary heart institute a week ago plus they stated absolutely nothing was incorrect with my coronary heart, I had been lucky…with further investigation by myself I discovered another gyne-urologist as well as following he study my personal history stated you’ve sleep apnea, I was delivered for testing as well as yes I did, I felt really poor when I had been finally identified as well as am really thankful for the BIPAP machine I’m on, I had been diagnosed with diabetes and have lost weight and told I can reverse that, I might have some storage problems when i stop breathing 120 times in Six hours, I am going with regard to testing on which, So my personal advice to anyone available, get checked by a sleep professional who are able to deal with you and adhere to what you are told to complete, because this situation will get even worse you should definitely handled and you will actually die from the lack of air to your brain, The doctor stated he or she wished he or she could have handled me Ten years earlier, I see what he means now whenever he made which declaration, Care for yourself and insist upon screening, it is painless and it may just save your valuable existence!.

    March 28, 2011
  143. NB #

    I am so happy that I have found this page. I just woke up to my second EHS experience and was so scared that I had to do some research. About 2 months ago I was sleeping and woke up to a HUGE bang. The noise was like a bomb being dropped on the roof of my house,the noise was seriously loud and extremely disturbing. I also experienced a shake.I asked my mum what that noise was and was everything ok…and she looked at me like i was mad and thought i was dreaming…so i thought that too. I just thought I had a nightmare. Then just now it happened again…the EXACT same noise, shake and scared feeling. I asked my sister what the noise was….and she said there was absolutely no noise what so ever. I was so so so so sure of the noise and sensation this time and i thought there was something seriously wrong with me and my brain!!!I was out very late last night and drank lots of alcohol…could be a contributing factor. I am just so happy that I am safe and not on my own! 100 percent normal yeh??

    April 10, 2011
  144. Lara #

    Really interesting to read all of these comments- I am 27 female, have a PFO of the heart (non serious) and lots of odd occurances in the past – I have a sleep/awake paraylsis about 4 times a year when I Know Im awake but cant move, also black out when do somersaults, dizzy in lifts etc- today had a scary episode while looking after my son, thought the house was struck by lightening or something had exploded, I grabbed my head/ears but my son continued laughing and after the second the world seemed normal again. Really scary – I wish there was a doctor or neurologist who would look into ‘odd’ cases like myself!! Thank you for your posts I feel a bit better now but hope it doesn’t continue : ( x

    May 13, 2011
  145. I have heard of exploding head syndrome for the first time… I totally agree that by reducing stress level, the syndrome can be soothed.

    May 14, 2011
  146. head exploder #

    haha i have experienced the same thing like 3 weeks ago.i googled it,and felt much better when i realised this isnt anything serious.The nights after i was afraid to sleep ! haha, head exploders rule :3

    June 1, 2011
  147. Annie without a gun. #

    Another member of the EHC is happy to make your acquaintances.

    I, too, was afraid it was the onset of a stroke.

    The ‘rifle-shots, ‘ loud, short,bangs, or another fast noise (i cannot describe )really began to scare me. They have been happening for about a month or two. Not every night, but at least 2-3 times a week.
    Scare the bejaysus out of me when they happen.

    I am so grateful for everyone’s stories and experiences, I am sure I will feel much calmer when they happen again.
    Thanks for all the information. x

    June 29, 2011
  148. Dean Cameron #

    This happened to me two nights ago. it sound like 3 incredibly loud bangs on a door. it was exactly 3 am. I have been a sensitive for many years and regularly study hypnosis, meditation, lucid dreaming and recently spatial projection. these three loud bangs scared the crap out of me too. the next morning i asked my mom and brother. they said they heard nothing/didnt wake up anytime in the night. just today i was catching up on cnn.com and see an article written by a doctor describing “exploding head syndrome”. wierd timing to read all this two days after this happened. i am now a proud member of the association of exploding head syndrome.

    August 16, 2011
  149. Anonymous #

    I’ve had this only recently, in the last month or so. It happens some nights, When it does, it’s every few minutes (three or four times). Its like a loud bang from inside the center of my brain. I did have a tia ( temporary interruption of blood supply to my brain) last week, in the middle of the night when I was driving to work. I completely lost my eyesight for about 10 minutes. It’s scary stuff, and I’ve wondered if the loud bangs in my head and the tia were connected.

    August 30, 2011
  150. Zach #

    About 5 years back i was diagnosed with ptsd and throughout the years i was put on various potent anti-depressants and anxiety medications. i have had this Exploding Head Syndrome for over 2 years and it started right around when i was quitting some of my medications. now i’m off all of my medications and i have 1-3 “explosion/zapping” attacks almost every night when i’m about to fall asleep; And it makes me wonder if, for some of us, this condition is caused by the medication given to help us sleep, like a long-term withdrawal condition. i would have to say look over all of your medications and make sure they are ABSOLUTELY necessary.

    September 11, 2011
    • Anonymous #

      Hi Zach, I was diagnosed with having an acute reaction to stress in 2002, this went untreated and I have recently been diagnosed with chronic ptsd. I have had ehs for several years, exploding sounds, broken glass, symbols, crunching sounds etc. I have heard PTSD can damage youre brain and ehs may be connected. I may have an MRI scan?

      August 17, 2013
  151. fi #

    I have had EHS and tinnitus since i had an operation last year. I am drifting off to sleep and wake up with a huge ‘gunshot’ noise in my head – my heart is racing and my eyes are gritty and painful. Some nights this will happen only a few times and other nights i get banging noises in my head most of the night. My doctor sent me for an MRI scan but that was normal. Does anyone know how to deal with it. thank you.

    September 16, 2011
  152. Clomipramine has shown itself to be effective to treat exploding head syndrome. There are certain reported side effects such headaches, confusion, agitation, insomnia, nightmares, increased anxiety, seizures, fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, and in some rare instances hypomania or induction of schizophrenia and extrapyramidal side effects such as pseudoparkinsonism, dyskinesia, rarely tardive dyskinesia).

    September 19, 2011
  153. SusieD #

    I seem to have had this since I’ve found out I’ve had angina, I get it quite often, and last night I was on my way to a lovely sleep, and I got a really bad one that it made my lips tingle, I also had 2 more and thumpy headaches, dizziness, fatigue. i find it quite debilating – pleased to hear I’m not alone! Thought I was going crazy

    October 1, 2011
  154. Anonymous #

    I,like most posting here have experienced this for about 10 years now.I’m not quite willing to accept that this is necessarily a “harmless” phenomena.Maybe there is truly something more to this,symptomatic of what exactly is my question.I would be very curious if this experience might have anything to do with an actual physical component such as shunting of blood,venous abnormalities,skeletal issues,nerve compression,???Is there any one with conditions like hypertension?neck injuries,blood vessel,vein or artery disorders or malformations,???Maybe this is a symptom of something yet to be diagnosed.I have recently been diagnosed with an unusual blood vessel disorder,have a pulmonary shunting due to malformations,liver issues,upper GI bleeding,and high blood pressure and still trying to figure out all the consequences after being not well for over 10 years.I also had neck trauma injury,dental issues and atypical hearing loss.I also have tinnitus.I’m sure there are many more people with this experience,its not something alot of people will discuss with their doctor because it sounds so crazy and if you do say anything about this you get the sense that after you leave the office the latest notation in your chart screams pyschotic!

    October 2, 2011
    • Justine #

      I’ve spent years reading peoples comments on EHS and neck injuries seem to be a common thread. I started getting them after whiplash from a car accident. I think a combination of anxiety, too much or too little sleep and neck trauma can produce them. Unfortunately the science/technology isn’t there yet, prob not in our lifetime. We just need to be grateful it isn’t fatal (Some people have had it for over 50 years!) I’m personally just careful not to get too much or too little sleep, I avoid caffeine and medication and I’m careful not to put my neck out. I can go a year without one then suddenly I over do it physically, sleep in and have caffeine in the arvo and without a doubt that night I’ll experience one, ahh!!

      October 7, 2011
  155. I’ll have to share this with my friend. He’s been having this sort of problem

    October 8, 2011
  156. jo #

    Hi , I was woken by a*bang* ten mins ago after being asleep for an hour and half , laying in bed few mins wondering if buglers had broke in , or something had blown up ! . Plucked up the courage and came down with phone in hand for the 999 call if needed lol . Absoluty nothing wrong down here . Searched and found this site …… my head is ok it seems ! Thankyou .

    October 17, 2011
  157. steph #

    Wow! I’m so glad I found this site I thought I was the only one! I usually have my explosion or gun shot when i’ve been asleep a while. I can dream 3 or 4 times a night but the ‘noise’ comes at the end of a dream and when i’m really relaxed, aware i’m relaxing and then ‘BANG!’ I literally sit up in bed and my heart is going ten to the dozen! They started about 6 months ago but now I know its not life threatening I can relax. I was worried the explosions would give me a heart attack! They are very frightening and dont half shock me.

    November 1, 2011
  158. Linda #

    I do not sleep well because of pain caused by multiple illnesses.I am always exhausted and to get three consecutive hours of sleep is the norm. Was so tired this evening that I went to bed at 9pm. Woke up about half an hour ago after a massive bang shook me awake. Thought someone had broken my window and I was terrified. checked out the house,as I was convinced someone must have broken in.I live on my own and take lots of medication including morphine.But I do recall having a similar experience a few years ago. I immediately went onto the internet and did not expect to find anything about it. I was gobsmacked to find this site. Makes me feel less frightened.

    November 15, 2011
  159. N.B. #

    I have had this condition for a decade following surgery for a brain bleed/aneurysm. From loud bangs to random noises of furniture being dropped or cutlery on a table doors slamming voices and/or loud bangs; I am startled awake and when i close my eyes i see a flickering dot that in seconds settles down and disappears. I am pretty sure I am awoken anywhere from two to five or more times a night tho if the disturbance is mild, its forgotten. If its intense and multiple in a row, Sleep is elusive.

    November 16, 2011
  160. Hi , I was woken by a*bang* ten mins ago after being asleep for an hour and half , laying in bed few mins wondering if buglers had broke in , or something had blown up ! . Plucked up the courage and came down with phone in hand for the 999 call if needed lol . Absoluty nothing wrong down here . Searched and found this site …… my head is ok it seems ! Thankyou .

    December 13, 2011
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    December 16, 2011
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  164. Early this morning around 4:00 AM I was slowly awakening suddenly I saw a flash of brilliant light, then a loud explosion like one of those M80’s but louder. I jumped up yelling to my spouse did you hear that loud explosion someone must have lit dynamite. Since we do have someone in our neighborhood that has lit such devices over the years I naturally thought it. But then suddenly I realize how could I see a flash of bright light from the front of the home when our room does not face the front. The light was really bright and seemingly went out small to a large spread something you’d see I’d think in a shot gun explosion at night. None of our neighbors house lights were on then I really began to wonder. I’m thinking some of the explosions I have heard might have come from my head.

    What do I have in common with the people here? I am very, very psychic so much that I know when a major natural disaster is about to take place. I also dream about them it’s like being there when I do experiencing the situation then it happens. We have under ground utilities here no transformers etc. Electrical energy i OFTEN touch light switches and they blow out immediately the bulbs. I’ve actually seen a blue flash when that happens re; my finger tips. I go through on average two to three bulbs a month due to it in some fixtures. I have been under stress this past few weeks. But it happens with or without stress I’m looking for common connections.

    January 4, 2012
  165. Anonymous #

    It’s almost one year that I suffer once in 2 months or so from this episose: Suddenly I feel uncomfortable with the view in front of me and I need to close my eyes and for few seconds I feel like black visions hit me inside my brain and in the mean time I sweat, but there is no pain. It feels like I am dying. Most of the time it happens in stresful days or events. And I have difficulties to sleep because my brain cannot stop thinking. Does anyone knows this experience?

    January 17, 2012
  166. Greg #

    I’ve had this for years. Had no clue what was happening. Like others it seems to happen right about the time I finally relax and start to fall asleep. What I have noticed more than anything is it happens more when I’m laying on my back than any other position. Strange. I have read some articles that called it “apportation”. The experience of going thru a vortex to another plane and returning…..not sure of that …but the article did explain the same symptons as EHD and that lead to my search and this site. Anyhow I know now it happens to other people so I can atleast talk to someone about it without them thinking I’m a nut.

    February 22, 2012
    • Anonymous #

      Thank you so much for your comment Greg. It is a relief because so far nobody told me the same symptoms. I still keep having these symptoms and it is hell….only the people who suffer this believe this…my mind cannot stop thinking and at the time I go to bed black cirucits hit me first in the eyes and after its like they go thorugh my brain…i sweat so much and I feel im dying…i m going through a break up with my boyfriend after a 13 years lasting relationship and i think this may be a reason…don’t know…i dont have even the strength to talk to him…its after few years of fights and disagreements with himt hat i came to the conclsuino that he doesnt udnerstand what i say to him…but he is a good person inside and this makes me feel so terribly bad…strange how we deal with this like teenagers whilst we are adults…please, if you had any treatemnt let me know…my life is like hell…i enjoy nothing any more…thanks again

      April 10, 2012
  167. Anonymous #

    Hi my name is warren and i have had a simaliar exsperance. Last night i tryed to go to sleep but every time i felt my mind sliping away into a dream state i was rudly interubted by a low to high ring/swish sound, usaly i open my eyes and move around befor the ring/swish gets too loud to wake my mind back up. Here is the scary part if i dont move around befor the swish gets to the high high point i become paralyzed, fallowed by sounds, and demoic voices. Panic sets in and i feel this fight or flit respon fighting to wake up. my head starts shaking and my neck spasmous jerking my head side to side where i finaly come too, knowing that its not over cuz im still awake. i tell my self im not crazy and my mind is just firing nerons ackwardly. trying to get sleep i know everything is ok. knowing the demoic voices came from my fear of the dark and closing my eyes. Thats why i sleep with a timer on the tv. i didnt sleep last night to soay the least, al stay awake all day today and later when im really tired my mind will slip in to a dream state so fast al finaly get some rest. and no i wasnt hearing people from anther relm but it was my mind was playing tricks on me. Thanks for listening to my story and if anybody can give me some feed back or simialr exsperiances it would be apreshated.

    February 28, 2012
  168. maximus #

    hello . can any one tell me if you have ever heard the loud bang out of just one ear while awake. because that is what i have just gone through. it was very strange and scary . thank you

    March 11, 2012
  169. mary #

    Mary. remember friends if your going through fear and attacks on the mind . as a christian woman i have gone through all sorts and the devil attacks the mind . if you want healing and to be set free then ask Jesus to come in and set you free. as it is written in the bible the devil is a liar and attacks the mind . look it up if you want the truth to help you and set you free. and stress is a cause for many problems . we have to learn to chill out more. fear is not from god.so when it attacks you all again remember ask Jesus to give you his peace and cover you with his blood. many of you will not care less about this statement .but for the ones who do i hope it helps. and guys i to have been through what you have gone through and am here to day with the truth to set you free. much love to you all xxxxxxxx

    March 11, 2012
  170. Mary #

    This is not a demonic attack…it is definitely a physical problem of some kind…I know that for sure…..I had a loud electrical sound and an explosion that I seemed to think was an electrical exlplosion I was then paralyzed for a period of time…couldn’t talk or move but I was a wake the whole time…..it was at night after staying up too late and playing pack man for hours….so I was thinking it was a seizure….I still think it is some kind of seizure disorder…..it is definitely not spiritual or psychic …..sorry people

    March 12, 2012
  171. Boom in the head #

    I have EHS occur once every few months while falling asleep. It sounds like a huge boom noise in my head accompanied by an electric jolt. Similar to a crack of thunder but in my head. It leaves me startled but unharmed and I fall asleep soon afterwards. It seems to happen when I am very tired mentally. On a couple of occasions it felt like my entire body was zapped with an energy burst. It felt like I shot 3 feet above my bed while horizontal. Certainly a weird feeling. I believe many people jolt a bit while falling asleep. I used to and still get that jolt. But I also get a jolt that feels amplified 20X. Anyway, it does not seem to be much of a hindrance to my life enjoyment.

    March 14, 2012
  172. well…this happens to me while I am awake! Been doing so for like 20 yrs!I also have had some ESP things happen during these times :c)

    Any one have any info plzz respond.

    March 24, 2012
  173. AP #

    I had this for the first time last night. Im 28yr old male in great physical health but under a decent amount of stress for the last year, which was triggered by a few things. My fathers death, my uncles death and the fact that I was living in Tokyo during Earthquakes/Tsunamis. I left Tokyo and no longer live in fear of earthquakes but that had some lasting effect on my psyche. I also have a high stress career and have been concerned about sleep apnea (since I have dreams about holding my breath while sleeping). 4 months before this incident I had been complaining of some “brain fog” or lack of mental clarity. A doctor prescribed me Paxil to help with this. After taking 1 pill I experienced my first panic attack and discontinued usage– but still felt “brain fog”. That lack of mental clarity has continued for 3 months and I left Japan in the meantime (unrelated to any stressors, I just had to leave for work). The day before the EHS symptom occurred I had some pain in my jaw when chewing. The symptom of EHS for me could best be described as an electric arching sound (like a tesla coil) in one ear. I occurred during the transition from being awake to sleep as my mind was slipping into some vivid imagination. It woke me up, as it was very sudden, but I was unable to move for a few seconds. My fiance said that I made a squeeking sound, like air deflating from a ball. . and then woke up and asked her if she heard the same sound. I slept well the rest of the night after that incident, but I had some more vivid and colorful dreams than usual and I remember quite a lot of them. I woke up this morning and the feeling of “brain fog” I had been having was greatly reduced, Im wondering if this has anything to do with the EHS.

    March 27, 2012
    • Anonymous #

      I had completely the same symptoms and yes thats EHS. So, listen, could you answer me some questions for my interview? i writing a paper about EHS. my email m.celmina@gmail.com

      May 17, 2012
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    April 29, 2012
  175. leahbf #

    What a relief to find this website! Two nights ago I experienced my version of this: The way I described it is that it felt like a rubber band snapping in the middle of my head, there was this loud pinging sound but it felt like it was coming from the inside of my brain! There was the sensation of vibrating or reverberating inside my head but it only lasted for a split second and then it was over.

    But it was actually terrifying, of course I thought yikes is this a stroke or something? It was like a neuron or synapse or something exploded; I was praying it wasn’t a blood vessel exploding and I was going to have a brain aneurysm and drop dead! It happened just as I was settling in to fall asleep for the night.

    I also get very frequent sinus headaches and have sinus issues/sinusitis for 20 years! Feel great relief after finding this site!

    May 14, 2012
  176. Anonymous #

    Hello! i`m looking for people who suffers form this wierd syndrome or who had this expirience at least once. if it`s you or you know someone who had it, i`d appreciate some help with answering questions about EHS. This is kind of an emergency!! Any information will be helpful!
    my email address is m.celmina@gmail.com

    May 16, 2012
  177. Colin Marcoe #

    I have a very specific buzzing in my head, but it’s in the mornings when I’m in the process of waking up. Only sometimes it’s about 2 hours earlier when I still want to sleep or later coming out of sleep but not aware, is when the EHS starts. Mine is a quick “buzzing” sound. Like a “game show buzzer” when someone gets a wrong answer. It’s very quick and very annoying. It startles me awake with a slight rush in my chest. I will fall back asleep and it happens again…maybe 3 or 4 more times. And sometimes it’s a burst of “static”. When I open my eyes, it’s over. But it results in me thinking, “well, screw this…” and I get out of bed short of needed sleep. Anyone else have only in the mornings?

    June 11, 2012
    • Anonymous #

      i have had EHS in the morning also during the process of waking up. I also had EHS at night when just falling alseep. I have experienced both.

      June 12, 2012
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  179. Icing #

    I’m always shocked how often things are called “rare” conditions, but they’re actually quite common. I mean, look at all the comments here! It’s only “rare” if doctors haven’t looked at many examples of it. And probably since most people don’t mention it to their doctor, it will forever be classified as rare. Anyway…

    I’ve had this for several months, at least. I’m a 24 y.o. female. Since I was very little, I’d often hear voices when I was hovering between sleeping and waking. Later, I got the full-body jerks, then this. The first two are sort of annoying, because they wake you up, but this is a lot worse. It’s like having a nightmare.

    For me, it’s often in one ear, a somewhat loud hammering or pounding sound that seems to whoosh by. Like it moved past your ear. Waking up in the dark to that sensation is extremely frightening. You think something moved right by you.

    I get an attack usually once every week or two, but occasionally it might be one night after another. And the first attack of the night is usually followed by another 2 or 3. I’ve learned to just stay up all night after the first one, with the light on. I hate nightmares. I hate being scared to fall asleep. It’s ironic that they say this condition could be brought on by lack of sleep. But if I get an attack, lack of sleep I’ll surely get.

    I don’t really have any conditions, except maybe mild tinnitus and occasional mild vertigo. I don’t take any sort of meds, or alcohol. Stress, I have a lot of, and I don’t get much good nutrition.

    August 2, 2012
    • I used to do everything I could to keep it from happening, but I learned to think of it as simply annoying. You know at most it will happen 3 more times and at best it is over. Let yourself go back to sleep. In the long run you’ll get more sleep and then, hopefully, have fewer attacks. If you are laying there listening for it, try putting on soft music and focus on the music. Good Luck
      (And talk to your Doc)

      August 3, 2012
  180. Curio Sound #

    Today I heard a low tone that got progressively louder till it started to hurt. No one else seemed to be hearing this sound. Im pretty sure it was in the center of my head and not near me or around me. There was none of the stuff anyone seems to be talking about in this thread. This happened in the middle of the day while I was working out in the middle of the Mohave Dessert. I have never expierianced this before. I could use some tips or leads on what to look for on answering this wierd occurance.

    August 29, 2012
  181. pat #

    This is insane…..i have had this my whole life….im 50…..recently i had what i felt, decribed as a drilling sensation accompanied by a loud pop…however this time i did get thrown off balance….i visited the doctor this morning and i amgoing for an mri…..i have nevertold anyone about these “imaginary sounds and light flashes”……i do have..bouts of migranes……thanks for sharing your stories

    October 15, 2012
  182. Kathy #

    My experience is much like no. 180 – a split second ping or sharp vibration. Always late at night – I’m still up but sleepy, maybe starting to doze. I have narcolepsy/cataplexy, which many of the bloggers descriptions tend to indicate. Unlike a “normal” brain narcolepsy causes you to start dreaming before you’re fully asleep, creating a hallucinatory state in which your body is paralyzed. I used to hear footsteps, etc., when drifting off to sleep, was panicked but couldn’t move. Once I understood it was my narcolepsy, and was no longer panicked, it no longer occurred. So take heart, just relax if this happening. This pinging/reverberations started a few months ago – I am guessing they are connected to the narcolepsy. I have an appointment with a neurologist later this month – I will write after I see him. I think it’s just a “short circuit”, another condition to put up with and nothing more.

    November 9, 2012
  183. Sofia #

    Yikes, I’m 17 years old and I’m glad I read through this I’ve been under going EHS for a while now. I ignored it at first but figured it out a little later that it’s been happening for quite a while now. Strange, sound quite like a door bang or a gunshot. I’ve been under stress so I’m guessing that’s the reason why I’m experiencing it , I just hope to get out of it soon, it’s a bit annoying.

    November 20, 2012
  184. Katherine #

    I am both relieved and concerned about knowing what this phenomenon is that i’ve been going through since I can remember. I’m a 24 year old female and along with the loud sound which it me isn’t a bang but more of the loudest swishing sound or more like a giant wave that gets louder and louder, I also have a moment of paralysis before I am able to slowly move even a limb. I can only now my eyes and make small sounds (at least I think I’m making them). It’s currently 2:23am and after going through this tonight 6 times ingot tired if waking up and going to sleep just to be woken up by the wave again. I hope that there isn’t anything wrong with me but I can tell you that I did suffer from a migraine at work and I have to write reviews for my staff by the middle of next month. Anxiety can def be a huge factor in this and I will be logging my experience with EHS from now on. Yay for not being alone in this!! And please excuse any grammatical errors or rambling as I am tired and trying to stay awake.

    November 30, 2012
    • Patricia #

      I just discovered this website and am relieved to know that I am not suffering from a brain disorder. In the past few nights and possibly other rare occasions, I have been awakened suddenly with the loud POP and what seemed like a very bright bursting light bulb. I immediately thought it was something electrical in the house, maybe a blown fuse. I started checking light switches to see if all my lights came on, plus my electric clocks.
      After four episodes in one week, it scared me so I went to the Internet for answers. I feel much better knowing I don’t have a brain tumor, etc.
      What I have discovered from reading many replies is that many of us have a common denominator which is a form of epilepsy such as mild Narcolepsy (Me), sleep apnea, and many have mentioned inner ear problems which I, too, have. A hole in the eardrum. These may all relate to our EHS. (I can’t speak for the migraines since I have never had that problem.)
      Many things relate to Narcolepsy such as nightly nightmares, hearing sounds such as radio music, doorbell ringing, telephone ringing during the night which isn’t really there. I wake up many times to the music and telephone thinking it is coming from a neighbor’s condo. Also, the shaking leg, the feel of someone shaking the bed, are related to Narcolepsy. There are many more symptoms such as a slight paralysis when you laugh.
      It is wonderful to be able to share personal concerns and get answers from others with similar problems. It also saves money on doctors who have no answers except to prescribe a PILL!

      December 13, 2012
  185. Lucky #

    I’m a 30 year old man in Florida. I’m somewhat glad I found this page because just a few days ago I started getting these sensations of explosions going off in my head. Its kinda like being in a small room while an explosion goes off. If you’ve ever been in trouble before with the law, you’ll kinda know what i mean. It’s like when the swat team hits your house and throws a flash bang in and you can feel this big compression in the room accompanied by a big flash, or if you have ever been almost hit by lightning and feel the electricity of it. But the best explanation I can say would be experienced by like military people. I was in the Army for 3 years as an airborne infantryman, and have fired off plenty of AT4’s (bazookas), and there is such an intense back blast of compression in the air it’s crazy. But that is what has been happening in my head for the past few days. I can tell right when they are about to happen. I have noticed that they are occurring more when I am in a place where it is completely silent. But for as long as I can remember, whenever I am in the silent, I can hear buzzing of some sort. I can’t tell you what it is like not to ever not hear nothing at all. There’s always buzzing,or a low humming noise. And I see a lot of people are saying that this happens to them right when they are about to go to sleep, but with me, it’s either in the silent, or just out of nowhere. Although, I have had bad sleep problems that the VA have been trying to deal with. My sleeping is very sporadic. There’s not a set time when I can fall asleep. Sometimes I go up to 2 to 3 night without getting any sleep at all. And when I do, I often have nightmares of my friends (who’ve died in combat) being killed over in Afghanistan in battle, and them blaming me for not helping them. Now keep in mind that these are my good friends that are dead, and who were killed in action, that are coming to me in my dreams. It’s very intense, and always gets to me like I could have helped them if I was there with them at the moment. So, this E H S is not a sleep thing with me. I have been diagnosed with ptsd, which entails anxiety, and depression. But one more thing before I sign off. I keep seeing people writing saying that they are glad that nothing is wrong with them, and that it’s all okay, and hunky dory now. But I don’t feel the same way. There’s not enough info on whats going on in our brains when this happens to us not to say that we’re alright. There could be something good, or bad going on, but we just don’t know. It’s kinda like when they thought lead in gasoline was okay for everyone, but look how that turned out. Or when they said that smoking wasn’t harmful. Right now we don’t know jack about the human brain to count anything out. Everything should be left on the table with this until there has been more research, not only on our brains, but with this “thing” that is happening to us all. God help us all who have these symptoms if it turns out to be bad for us, or if it’s our bodies telling us there’s something wrong. Or it could turn out to be a great physical/mental attribute only had by the few of us that turns us out to be like John Travolta in hat one movie where he gets brain cancer, and becomes like some sort of super human by the end of the movie. Which would be the best possible outcome,, besides the dying part at the end. Either way, I hope that this stops happening to me. They are getting more and more frequent. Like today, it’s happened like 12 times, and the night is far from over for me, even at 2:02 a.m.. Well,,, good luck, and happy ending for the rest of you. Hope you all can get some peaceful sleep wherever you are….

    December 14, 2012
    • Robbie #

      I’m 20 years I was laying on the couch watching 8seconds and laid my head down for a minute and it was like somebody fire a shotgun beside my head it freaked me out so I jumped up heart was racing it to a sudden panic attack thanks for the help I thought I was super crazy and they was going to lock me up and throw away the key

      December 27, 2012
      • Anonymous #

        Robbie, dont worry. I have had these explosions all my life. Nobody else ever said anything, so i just walked around with a scowl when it happened and lived with it.
        It is harmless, but annoying as hell.

        February 2, 2013
  186. Anonymous #

    Hi, just stumbled across this page while doing a bit of research on Explosive Head Syndrome. I was looking at an article on tinitus and someone mentioned EHS, so I checked it out. For the past year or so I have experienced a loud noise; a bang, a ‘whoop’ or a loud beep (as in a car horn) perhaps on average once every couple months before I go to sleep. I never mentioned it to anyone and just assumed it was, like another poster on here, something to do with neurons or something similar (I’m not very scientific!) so just got on with it. Unlike a lot of posters on here, I do not have trouble sleeping and have not been diagnosed with any sleep-related issues, so this is a completey stand-alone thing. It doesn’t bother me but it is certainly good to know I am not alone, and also that it is not life-threatening!

    February 15, 2013
  187. Rick #

    I do not think it is psychological at all.

    I’ve experienced what seems to be “exploding head syndrome” and it is quite scary.The first time I did wake up to see if anything happened outside. Then I came to realize the explosion was in my head. There are varying levels of explosions and if it is a particularly hugh one,there could be some lingering head ache pain for a few minutes. Not a headache pers e but a soreness.

    I have always thought that it was an electrical malfunction in the brain. After all the brain is a chemical and electrical operation:

    ” A neuron is basically an on/off switch just like the one you use to control the lights in your home. It is either in a resting state (off) or it is shooting an electrical impulse down a wire (on). It has a cell body, a long little wire (the “wire” is called an axon), and at the very end it has a little part that shoots out a chemical. This chemical goes across a gap (synapse) where it triggers another neuron to send a message. There are a lot of these neurons sending messages down a wire (axon). By the way, each of these billions of axons is generating a small amount of electrical charge; this total power has been estimated to equal a 60 watt bulb. ” article How The Brain Works

    So my question is, Can it be dangerous?

    March 1, 2013
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  189. thomas najar #

    Ok my wifes head litteraly snapps with a loud audibal crack like the sound or someone splitting wood.she grabbs her head and crys. She said it feels like her skull slamming into her brain. We went to doctors but they just go around this one subject.please if you know what’s wrong with my wife please help us.

    May 22, 2013
  190. Anonymous #

    I think it just happend to my but im not sure all I know is it was so scary :(

    June 10, 2013
    • Anonymous #

      Me #

      June 10, 2013
  191. Anonymous #

    I am female, in my mid-fifties. I experienced what sounded like a bomb going off in the deep areas of my brain for the first time about two years ago. Since then, I have experienced this phenomena a few more times – sometimes sounds like a very loud bomb exploding, sometimes like a loud, explosive gunshot and sometimes like a very loud bang. Usually I am under some sort of unusual stress when this happens. The intensity of the sound of the explosions coupled with “Lord, please don’t let me be crazy” is a very challenging experience, particularly since prior to today I had no idea that others had the same or similar experiences.

    July 8, 2013
  192. I have had this for several years and it happens within seconds of closing my eyes. Explosions, breaking glass, symbols, whistling, crunching sounds the list goes on. I was diagnosed with acute stress reaction in 2002 but this was untreated. I have recently been diagnosed with chronic ptsd as a result of the incident in 2002. I am going to try and have an MRI scan to see if there is any link.

    August 17, 2013
  193. Carol #

    Hello Everyone, It’s helpful to have a place to talk about this. This is happening to me now. Drop off to sleep and immediately have electrical arcing and buzzing and ringing.. I wake up with it. Recently A BOMB went off in my head… I was afraid to reach down to see if my body was still there. It is too weird. Good to know I’m not crazy.. or maybe we’re all crazy?!? In any event, I wish you all… quiet.

    August 18, 2013
  194. Superb website. A lot of handy facts listed here. I’m delivering the idea into a associates ans likewise expressing within scrumptious. Not to mention, thanks on your perspire!

    September 19, 2013
  195. That was really awesome post. I am very glad to found it useful. Thanks for sharing such informative post.

    September 21, 2013
  196. narny #

    hey im 23yrs old female, i have been having the same things happen for years now. but i think there a bit different as i get the bright white light but as the light happens i get a rush of warmth (hot) run from my feet up to me head, i feel as my body is shaking (but my partner has said i don’t shake) i feel as i cant move or speak of a 20 seconds or so my eyes spring open an my heart is beating harder. . sometimes i here loud bangs but the don’t sound like there in my head, i wake my partner up and as if she heard it.
    it happens 5 to 8 times a night an has happen 3 night in a row. i dose scare me at times. but after the first one i kinda know there coming. i hate it cos i cant sleep. by the time i fall asleep i get 3 hours… dose anyone else get heat waves?

    September 30, 2013
  197. rebecca oliver #

    I heard a big bang don’t know if it was real or just in my head i looked outside i looked on the news but nothing it sounded like a bomb dropping and exploding please help me its made me have sevral panik attacks

    October 12, 2013
  198. I have globophobia, and I experienced EHS last night… What a shock!! I thought there were something wrong with me, maybe payback for being afraid of explosions…lol! Thanks for the site! It all somehow makes sense now. I was travelling 1000km (12 hours) yesterday without sleep or rest, I guess my muscles were too tense to relax. Good luck to my fellow head exploders. X

    November 9, 2013
  199. Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on
    a completely different subject but it has pretty much
    the same layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!

    December 7, 2013
  200. Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that
    would be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

    January 15, 2014
  201. Joan #

    Thank goodness I have found this site,recently I have had two EHS episodes,I think I was half asleep when I had an extremely loud bang in my head followed by blackness for a short period then another loud explosion again followed by blackness for a while,on weakening I thought I was having a stroke and was very frightened. I do take blood pressure tablets and under a bit of stress recently.

    February 23, 2014
  202. Diane McCurdy #

    Can’t the newer comments be at the beginning instead of the end?

    February 24, 2014
  203. Wow! Really an expert answer. Made it easier for a good deal.

    Thank you in the depth!

    May 19, 2014
  204. sj #

    OMG – I thought I it was me !! I could not expalin the symtoms to my GP so they could not help. I can deal with the flashing lights – used to them with migraines it is the feel of having Sleep paralysis. The dreams i feel are so real, i feel i am screamimg out so loud and no one can hear me or wants to hear or help me. The last bout was this weekend a heachache came on a work, I can not remember driving home and my head has been having having a party every since, this is my 3rd day! iOff to the doctors I go armed with all this info and everyones conmments. Thank you all.

    June 15, 2014
  205. Anonymous #

    Someones head has exploded and is leaving wacky comments,,,,

    August 23, 2014

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