hypnagogic state

hypnagogic state
the state of semiconsciousness that immediately precedes falling asleep.

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  • hypnagogic state — Psychol. the drowsy period between wakefulness and sleep, during which fantasies and hallucinations often occur. * * * …   Universalium

  • hypnagogic state — Psychol. the drowsy period between wakefulness and sleep, during which fantasies and hallucinations often occur …   Useful english dictionary

  • hypnagogic — [hip΄nə gäj′ik] adj. [ HYPN(O) + AGOG(UE) + IC] 1. causing sleep; soporific 2. designating or of the state intermediate between wakefulness and sleep [hypnagogic fantasies]: Also sp. hypnogogic …   English World dictionary

  • hypnagogic — 1868, from Fr. hypnagogique, from Gk. hypnos “sleep” (see SOMNOLENCE (Cf. somnolence)) + agogos “leading” (see ACT (Cf. act)). Etymologically, inducing sleep, but used mostly with a sense pertaining to the state of consciousness when… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hypnagogic hallucination —    Also known as hypnagogic imagery, hypnagogic reverie, hypnagogic illusion, hypnagogic visualization, presomnal sensation, predormital hallucination, anthypnic sensation, oneirogagic image, phantasma, vision of half sleep, and faces in the dark …   Dictionary of Hallucinations

  • Hypnagogic — Concerning the drowsiness one commonly feels before sleep, the transitional state preceding sleep, and also the hallucinations that may occur at that time. The original French word hypnagogique was derived from Greek roots hypno , sleep + agogos …   Medical dictionary

  • hypnagogic syndrome —    The term hypnagogic syndrome is indebted to the Greek words hupnos (sleep) and agein (to lead, to transport). It was introduced in or shortly before 1987 by the Cypriot philosopher and psychologist Andreas Mavromatis to denote the basic… …   Dictionary of Hallucinations

  • hypnagogic nightmare —    Also referred to as sleep onset nightmare. The term hypnagogic nightmare is indebted to the Greek words hupnos (sleep) and agein (to lead, to transport). It is used to denote a type of nightmare occurring during sleep onset (i.e. during stage… …   Dictionary of Hallucinations

  • hypnagogic — adjective a) that induces sleep; soporific, somniferous b) of the drowsiness that precedes sleep, or of the images perceived in that state …   Wiktionary

  • hypnagogic — adj. before sleep, relating to the state just before falling asleep; happening while falling asleep; inducing sleep; causing drowsiness; sleepy, lethargic …   English contemporary dictionary

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