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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Exploding Head Syndrome

I have been extremely busy lately. I am so overwhelmed at times that I have the feeling my head is going to explode. It won't of course, but it can lead to a condition called Exploding Head Syndrome.

I am not kidding; there really is such a syndrome. The people suffering from it can experience loud noises in their head which resemble the sound of a gunshot, explosion, roar, or slamming door. They can also see flashes of light, have palpitations, shortness of breath, panic attacks, insomnia, or hear buzzing sounds.

This often occurs at night when the person is either wide awake or shortly after he/she has fallen asleep. Exploding Head Syndrome often happens as a result of anxiety, stress, fatigue, damaged brain nerve cells, or damage to the temporal lobe.

The disorder is rather harmless, although it can be quite annoying and uncomfortable. The best way to prevent it is by avoiding sleep deprivation and exhaustion, incorporating a healthy diet, ensuring to get enough rest and relaxation, and controlling and reducing stress.

Mostly affected are people 50 years of age and up and children under the age of 10. In case you are already suffering from this condition you can try the above mentioned methods. Over time, the syndrome will disappear. If nothing works you ought to see your physician who may want to treat it with antidepressants.

The fear of being woken up due to those sounds will cause more stress and anxiety. Reading the Bible and/or praying have a calming and reassuring effect. I would rather experience a sound sleep then sleep wakened by a sound.

There is a great comfort in the knowledge that God hears our prayers and will not let us go without what we need!

Proverbs 3:24
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

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