SLEEP DISORDERS COULD EXPLAIN ALIEN ABDUCTIONS
Sleep research could explain the paranormal. Someone might describe waking up at night finding they are unable to move, often with a strong sense that something, like an alien or demon, is present. Researchers have found that ‘sleep paralysis’ might be an explanation for these scary experiences. During an episode of sleep paralysis, we may wake up and open our eyes, but certain normal features of REM sleep – such as paralysis and dreams – continue. Sufferers of a condition known as ‘exploding head syndrome’ have also been known to attribute the experience to the paranormal. Exploding head syndrome typically involves someone hearing a loud noise just as they are falling asleep. The most likely explanation is that when we fall asleep a part of the brain called the reticular formation inhibits our ability to hear, move and see. But in the case of exploding head syndrome, the auditory neurons all fire up instead of shutting down, leading to banging noises.