Vicky Harp Seal Pup wrote:I've had this problem for ages; when I've just got into bed and start to relax I hear voices in my head. It never happens during the daytime, just at night.
When I go to bed, especially if I'm in that twilight state and almost nodding off, I hear voices. Often my mums funnily enough :S I never experience it in the day - only at the time when falling to sleep. I've only started noticing it of late, and it does indeed seem "real" and "unreal" - as soon as you divert your attention TO it - it seems to dissappear.
Anyway - there are definite changes in dopamine (a neurotransmitter) levels during sleep (and high levels of dopamine correlate with such hallucinations, such as in schizophrenia).
A quick search on the internet found this in a glossary/encyclopedia type site:
"Some people experience hypnagogic or hypnopompic hallucinations, where unusual sensory experierences or thoughts appear during waking or drifting off to sleep. These are normal sleep phenomena, however, and are not considered signs of psychosis."
So if it doesnt intrude on your general functioning, dont worry. Sleep is a very complex thing and still not that well understood