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Friday, 09 January, 2009
Do you have Exploding Head Syndrome?
Exploding head syndrome is a rare and relatively undocumented parasomnia event in which the subject experiences a loud bang in their head similar to a bomb exploding, a gun going off, a clash of cymbals or any other form of loud, indecipherable noise that seems to originate from inside the head.
Contrary to the name, exploding head syndrome has no elements of pain, swelling or any other physical trait associated with it. They may be perceived as having bright flashes of light accompanying them, or result in shortness of breath, though this is likely caused by the increased heart rate of the subject after experiencing it. It most often occurs just before deep sleep, and sometimes upon coming out of deep sleep.
People over the age of 50 are most likely to experience exploding head syndrome.
Now I have something to look forward to.
Note: The image here does not depict someone suffering from EHS. It's just a random exploding head.