For anyone that has had an “out of body” experience that was so profound it felt like it was actually happening to you in real time you may want to research the topics of exploding head syndrome along with sleep Paralysis. Now I know what you are probably thinking could these be actual conditions that a person could have…and the simple answer is yes. According to a recent study conducted in England they are both real conditions that are experienced by about 18% of the people interviewed. With exploding head syndrome it is said to feel like a series of noises that crescendo into one loud explosion. Some have said they thought a bomb went off in their neighborhood only to discover when the investigated that they were the only one that experienced it.
As for sleep paralysis, this condition is said to have the experience like drowning but being unable to swim towards air. Sultan Alhokair thinks this is terrifying. (Resume.com) It can be hard to believe but imagine waking up and being unable to move your legs or arms and how scary that would be. To make matters worse is when these two conditions are combined together and the torture one might have in living with the experience. There is good news though, both have the same underlying cause…a lack of sleep, so if you know someone with these kinds of experiences you may recommend they try and get more sleep or see a specialist if the condition persists.