Do you ever have the sensation of your bed shaking violently while either falling asleep or waking up?
This has happened to me off and on pretty much my entire life, in a variety of beds and a variety of houses. Sometimes it is just a little jiggle, other times it feels like the bed must be hopping up and down, usually only lasting no more than a second or two. I'm reasonably sure that the phenomenon I've been experiencing is a natural one having to do with your brain shutting off the motor controls for your body during sleep transitions rather than a paranormal one having to do with either a haunting or poltergeist* manifestation.
Once or twice I've experienced the transistion from sleep to wakefulness with alarming lucidity. One of the most memorable times was once I dreamed I was standing up, and actually seemed to feel the gravity shift a full 90 degrees as my body realized that I was actually lying on my back rather than standing up as I became fully awake. The other was when I was at the beach with Dan and dreamed that I woke up from a dream of him strangling me to him sitting on the edge of his bed in his underwear and then woke up for real and actually seemed to see him dissolve from a sitting position to a sleeping one. I generally don't dream in homoerotic imagery, so I'm pretty sure that's unrelated to my bed shaking problem, I just mentioned it because it was a neat experience -- the transition from sleep to awake I mean, not being dream-strangled or dream-ogling Dan's tighty-whitey clad body.
Anyway, am I the only one experiencing this?
As a child I often wished for poltergeist activity, since that would be an indication that I had yet-unhoned powers of telekinesis (Mind bullets! The power.... to move you) but sadly, I don't believe that's whats happening.
I have never had that sensation coming into or out of sleep, but I do get the shakes sometimes when I'm just sitting there writing. Sometimes to the point where I check the "recent earthquakes" page to see if it was me or nature that was responsible.
Incidentally, I've noticed there's not a lot of chatter in here. I just wanted to give a shout out and say that yours is in my top five favorite journals that I read. I just don't have a lot to add.
i know exactly what you're talking about. i was just discussing it with my sister the other day. when i get into bed at night and turn off the light my bed shakes for a few seconds. it is the weirdest thing and it happens almost every night. i have no idea why, but it freaks me out.
I know this is an old thread, but If I've stumbled across this page at 1:30 in the morning looking for an answer as to why my bed is shaking, I'm sure someone else will eventually also.
What I've found tonight is it's more likely than not something called Hypnagogia.
Wikipedia has an entry, but basically you have the brainwaves of someone who is asleep with your eyes open and being awake (and sometimes able to move around). It's a a kind of waking dream and normally happens while waking up or falling asleep.
Oh, and yes, it will scare the ever-loving crap out of you. You may see thing, you may experience paralysis, you may experience paranoia, or a host of other lovely fears, but it's just your brain being awake and asleep at the same time. (And knowing this may or may not comfort you, I still have every light in my apartment on, but I'm feeling better.)
So shake it off and try to go back to sleep. That's what I'm going to do.
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