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Auditory hallucinations.

A couple of nights ago, I was awakened by the phone ringing. Since I don't actually have a phone except the cell phone, I was a little off, but it was only one ring. I figured I'd check for misse calls in the morning.
Except in the morning there were no missed calls.

I've also heard various beeps in the apartment. Not a big deal, since there are a number of appliances that are new, and I figure that occasionally there are beeps that come at fairly random times. I also suspect the air conditioner/furnace which is in a locked closet. It's kind of like if it's a single beep, I don't worry about it.

But last night I was awakened by a male voice right by my bed saying "Rob!". And I'm not talking a muffled across-the-room or outside-the-closed-window voice either-- this one was right by my head. Even weirder, I think it was my own voice.
I did get back to sleep, but I heard Barb's voice a little later, again, clear as a bell. And a couple of other voices that I didn't recognize.

Okay. I understand that I was probably dreaming. But I have never had anything auditory with this kind of clarity before. Ever. It is absolutely freaky.

So a couple of thoughts:

1.) I was dreaming. Most likely. Being in a new place, with stress levels out the wazoo, there are bound to be some differences. Yeah. That's the ticket.

2.) Coma.I am actually lying in a coma somewhere, and what I think of as reality is actually a coma-induced hallucination, and the voices that I am hearing are voices of people in the "actual" reality. Fun idea, but I doubt it. The good news is that it means I'm probably coming out of the coma.

3.) Temporal leakage. I am actually getting "visitations" from the future or the past for brief flashes of time. Slight chance, but pretty useless.

4.) Ghosts, or other paranormal activity. Why in the hell there would be ghosts in a new apartment building that had no previous occupants is beyond me.

5.) Bizarre acoustical phenomenon. Somewhere in the design of the building there was a weird anomalythat allows sound to be transmitted clearly, possibly via the air conditioning ducts. Except that each unit has its own A/C system. Bathroom vent is possible but unlikely as it vents to the roof, and I don't sleep in the bathroom.

6.) Brain tumor, stroke, or other cerebral event. Oh, yes. Good. That's what I really want to consider.

7.) Insanity. Yet another fun road to travel.

Well, frankly if they only happen at night, it doesn't bother me too bad. It's kind of like having invisible friends.


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Jul. 28th, 2004 07:06 am (UTC)
Man, I hope if you're in a coma you're having more fun than this!

Could also be sleep paralysis.

Jul. 29th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)
same thought
I was thinking the same thought.

I mean if you are in a coma. You need to offer better direction because guy, you are working in Des Moines...

I agree with the almost asleep, not restful sleep thingie. I've done that. Been stressed, tried to sleep, and at one point or another vividly dream I am being chased. But, I know I am dreaming so I try to move my arm to wake myself up and I can't move anything on my body.


There are patterns to how long we sleep deeply and restfully. Perhaps an electronic beep from your apartment put you in the not really resting phase early or soemthing.

by the way, if you are in a coma. Start dreaming me as wealthy, kk? Thanks.

Jul. 28th, 2004 07:21 am (UTC)
you know they say that people with mental disorders who hear voices don't hear them in their heads. instead, it's a profoundly auditory experience, with the voices sounding like they come from specific material locations. so, yeah. happy wednesday and good luck with that!! ;-)
Jul. 28th, 2004 07:21 am (UTC)
Sounds familiar
I don't know how old you are or if this type of thing has happened to you before, but it's REALLY, REALLY explainable and common.
It's some weird brain thing where you are between asleep and awake. Your brain only wakes up "a little". Some people have physical paralisys, some people just have the vivid semi-conscious experiences you describe. I have it often, it's happened since my late teens and I've lived many different places since then. The only advice I can really give is to wait it out.
A good book with some explanation is The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan, he attributes alien abductions and other similar experiences to it.
Jul. 28th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC)
Half awake, half asleep.
I have weird dreams when I am almost awake sometimes. (Ever have the dream when you are awake, but you're still sleeping? Those can be vivid.) I have heard single beeps in my apartment too. I'll be curious to know if you discover anything. It could just be that you're getting used to new surroundings.
Jul. 28th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
Auditory hallucinations
Things like that happen to me all the time. Just barely asleep, and I "hear" the kinds of sounds that I have learned to respond instantly and automatically to, i.e. a phone ringing, someone knocking at a door, a baby crying, a voice calling my name (always one of those four, actually). It's perfectly normal.
Jul. 29th, 2004 06:00 pm (UTC)

Well, could be. Auditory hallucinations are usually presented as evidence of schizophrenia.


But, if you're over 30, don't worry about it. It would have shown up sooner than this.

Personally, I vote for ghosts.
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