Feel like you're going crazy? You may be more normal than you think

By: Health Local Staff Feb 21, 2014
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Feel like you're going crazy? You may be more normal than you think

Experts say these creepy, eerie experiences may be happening, but for good reason.

Ever visited a new place and felt like you’ve been there before? Suddenly feel spooked when you see shadows out of the corner of your eye? You may feel like you are going crazy, but chances are you are more normal than you think. Experts say these creepy, eerie experiences may be happening, but for good reason.

You may not be going crazy, but why do these creepy things keep happening? Let’s see what the experts have to say about:

Early morning paralysis

Ever woke up suddenly in the early morning hours and were unable to move a muscle? This horrific feeling is known as sleep paralysis and typically happens when a person is woken up in the middle of the night abruptly. It can also occur in the early morning hours prior to waking up.

According to sleep specialists at St. Joseph Hospital in California, this condition occurs after the body has been in a period of REM (rapid eye movement). While your eyes open and your brain is awake, your body takes a few moments to catch up. The condition is harmless and the body does respond within a few moments after awakening.

See things out of the corner of your eye

Seeing shadows and mysterious images out of the corner of your eye is not a reason to contact the Ghostbusters, but a condition known as seeing “floaters.” Floaters are usually clumps of cells or gel that is inside the eye. If the condition does not stop within a short period of time, it may be the result of something more serious, like a detached or torn retina. If you are concerned about the condition or it has been going on for a prolonged period of time, it is recommended that you have your eyes examined by an eye specialist.

Feelings of deja vu

Deja vu can be a real feeling. It is sensation that you have been somewhere you have never physically been before. It is a strange feeling that is hard to shake. Over 75% of all people report having experienced deja vu. According to the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, French scientists reported that the feeling is usually triggered by a memory that is similar to one the individual has experienced. Perhaps the right smell or lighting triggers a memory and deja vu occurs. People under stress and anxiety may experience the condition more often than those who are not stressed.

Waking up with scratches on your body

No, your house is most likely not haunted and you are not being attacked by a werewolf in the middle of the night. People who wake up with scratches on their body have actually scratched themselves in the middle of the night.

According to dermatology specialists, people with itchy and dry skin, or those with eczema, are more likely to scratch themselves at night. If the condition becomes bothersome, it may be necessary to see a dermatologist who can prescribe some medicated cream or ointment.

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