Exploding Head Syndrome and Everything You Need to Know
What causes Exploding Head Syndrome remains a mystery, but it is a mystery which is continually being investigated in hopes of finding some sort of solution for those who can’t seem to get away from the explosions in their heads.
Exploding Head Syndrome (EHS) is also referred to as episodic cranial sensory shock, and it doesn’t necessarily have any long-term issues associated with it. It is, other than the sensations it causes in those who suffer from it, benign. People who suffer from Exploding Head Syndrome are, as far as current understanding goes, just as healthy as anyone else and not additionally susceptible to any sort of sickness.
The specifics of the weird syndrome are unknown. What is known is that it tends to happen when people are falling asleep or waking up and it startles the heck out of them.
People who suffer from it have varied symptoms but a few describe it as an explosion going off in their heads. Some say it sounds like a gunshot or even the crash of a cymbal. A small percentage of those who suffer from this particular syndrome have reported visual hallucinations such as lightning when an attack strikes.
Others have claimed they can feel an episode coming on with a tingling sensation which goes up their body. It’s often reported to happen to people while wide awake and also been observed 2 hours after falling asleep.
Because of its association with sleep, the strange phenomenon is classified as a parasomnia and a sleep-related dissociative disorder. Basically, it’s something which interferes with your sleep, and that’s something you don’t want to have.
The primary suspect is an issue within the reticular formation in the brainstem of those who suffer from the awful syndrome. This part of the brain deals with the transition from being asleep to being awake, so it would make sense, theoretically, that problems here could leads to what EHS sufferers experience.
Fortunately, the cause is still under investigation. The condition is strange, but one can imagine in time we’ll be able to better understand what’s happening and work to figure out a way to cure or prevent Exploding Head Syndrome in the future. As for now, there really isn’t any sort of treatment, though a few drugs have been tested to varying and inconclusive results. So, unfortunately, a lot of people suffer from the strange condition which sometimes lead to other sleep disorders.
One study conducted on a group of college students did find that some 13.5 percent of them reported having experienced the strange happenings at least once, and those who also suffered from bouts of sleep paralysis experienced it more often than others.
Medical professionals have been looking into EHS for quite some time, with the first instance of it being found as far back as 1876 in a case report which called it “sensory discharges.”
Others who have become used to the interruptions in their sleep may simply loathe the condition, possibly even avoiding sleep so as to avoid having to deal with an episode.
For some, this unfortunate disorder is a short-term thing, only occurring once or twice. Others may experience attacks for anywhere from days to years, and sometimes throughout their lives. Attacks seem to vary, with no way to determine or track when one may occur.
Some patients experience an attack every couple of days, some a few nights in a row and then never again, and others at random intervals. Because of things like this, Exploding Head Syndrome is a cause of great distress for many who seek to simply have a good night’s rest.