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A sleep disorder characterized by dreamlike auditory, visual, or tactile sensations when half-awake

Hypnagogia (also spelled hypnogogia ) describes vivid dreamlike auditory, visual, or tactile sensations, which are often accompanied by sleep paralysis. Hypnagogia experiences are most commonly associated with the wakefulness-sleep transition state.

Artistic and cultural references

  • The album The Always Open Mouth, by the band Fear Before the March of Flames, features the song "Drowning the Old Hag" which describes singer David Marion's experiences with hypnagogia.
  • In Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee, the main character David Lurie refers to his own hypnagogic experience as he recalls his former lovers.
  • The musician Adem refers to hypnogogic shapes in his song "You and Moon", taken from his 2006 album "Love and Other Planets".
  • The electronica musician L. Pierre (Aidan Moffat formerly of Arab Strap) titled his 2005 album Hypnogogia.
  • The works of authors Adam S. Leslie and Peter Tunstall contain many examples of hypnagogic speech passed off as dialogue, film titles, graffiti, etc.
  • An artist named Maxwell Lewis? has entitled an album "Awake as a Hypnagog," which is based on a lucid dream he claims to have had.

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