It’s dark in the night and you cannot see anything but your bed partner is screaming right from her bed for help. She claims that someone is hiding behind the curtains and constantly staring at her. When you check but you cannot find anyone except yourself. You try to calm her down and whole night becomes terrible for her. She often will complain that she could hear whispering voices, images while you cannot see or hear. The terrifying truth is that this is one of the spooky disorders called as sleep hallucinations.
Hallucinations occur in a people that appear real but only exist in their mind. They can affect your all five senses. You can feel, hear, smell, taste and see, but these hallucinations are just the mind game. Experiencing hallucinations can be frightening.
Fortunately, you can make out why these hallucinations occurring in you. They can occur as a result of:
- Taking illicit drugs or drinking alcohol excessively
- People often experience hallucinations when they have mental disorders such as schizophrenia, dementia, and delirium.
- A progressive neurological condition such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
- Insufficient sleep can also cause hallucinations. If you’ve not slept for days or do not take proper rest, you are more prone to experience hallucinations.
- Some medications can cause hallucinations. People who are taking medications to treat Parkinson’s disease, psychosis, depression, and epilepsy.
- People with a condition such as macular degeneration that causes vision loss can experience hallucinations.
Since the cause can be find out easily and so the taking treatment can be easier. If you feel that the hallucinations you’re experiencing aren’t real and have been disturbing your sleep for quite a long time, you should approach a medical expert who can assist to get over it. He will prescribe medications after diagnosing the cause behind such condition. Counseling is very important. As the counselor talks with a person, it makes easier for him to find out the underlying cause of your hallucinations. He will guide you and plan for better-coping strategies to avoid experiencing hallucinations. If your behavior or actions are disrupting your personal life seeking medical help is very important to stabilize your off-track life. The disorder can greatly affect your sleep, personal, professional and social life. Medical guidance and family support can once again improve the quality of your life.