For some people, waking up from sleep is something that is a bit more scary than sleep deprivation. You see, upon waking there is a small number of people who see spiders that are not there. If you are having these hallucinations, then do not think that you are alone as it is actually a rather common phenomenon in a subset of the population.
The first thing that you need to know is that you are not crazy when you are hallucinating spiders upon waking. Just because you are hallucinating and seeing something that is not really there does not make you mentally unstable. In fact, what you are experiencing is likely just something called – Hypnagogic Hallucinations. This conditions is just as scary as seeing those spiders that aren’t really there.
With hypnagogic hallucinations you experience a type of sleep paralysis where you think that you are awake and seeing things (like spiders or an old hag) but your body cannot move no matter how hard you try. According to some research, these hallucinations are related to narcolepsy. However, other sources mention that stress may be a mitigating factor in the appearance of these hallucinations.
The honest truth is that doctors really are not sure exactly what causes people to experience hypnagogic hallucinations. And, there seems to be no current or future research into this phenomena. It looks like this is experienced equally by men and women, but many people prefer to keep quiet about it in fear of being called ‘crazy’ or worse. In some cultures, it is even believed that demonic forces are behind all of spiders and other things that you are seeing that are not really there.
One thing is for certain, having one of these hypnagogic hallucination episodes is no fun and can leave you frightened afterward. If you are looking for cures to your hypnagogic hallucinations, then consider signing yourself up for a local sleep study to see if they can determine what is causing this problem for you. Also consider working on your stress level. You may even want to think about changing your diet in case there is something that you are eating that is causing this sort of thing to happen in your brain. With a little effort on your part, you just might be able to reduce or eliminate the number of times that you wake up and see spiders crawling on your bedroom wall when there really is nothing there at all.
Until the spiders go away, I suggest getting a good sleep mask so that when you wake up in the morning you can’t really see anything. Just leave it on your eyes as you work on getting fully awake and then remove it. Doing this should reduce the number of times that you see spiders that aren’t really there after sleeping.