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Hallucinations of spiders after waking up (Page 1)

I have been experiencing hallucinations at night before I fall asleep and even more when I wake up. I have been seeing spiders when I wake up in the middle of the night .. I am only 19 years old and this has been going on for a while now. Any explanation for this?
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replied February 1st, 2012
I have no idea what it would be diagnosed as but I am experiencing the same thing too. It hadn't happened in awhile so I attributed it to not enough sleep. Well I have been getting at least 7 hrs a night and it happened again last night. I screamed and was up out of bed before I could make myself realize it wasn't real.
I find it to be very scary and my heart pounds when it happens. I want to know what it is so I can figure out how to treat it.
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replied February 8th, 2012
You guys are having hallucinations, and it is not very common in most people. I am 31 yrs old and finally decided to go to a sleep doctor after years and years of expierences like hallucinations and night terrors with paralysis. Everything started for me when I was 19 and away at college...it was very scary for me and I waited a long time before I even mentioned it to anyone...thought people might think I was crazy lol. I turned out finding that I have narcolepsy with cataplexy. There are lots of different sleeping disorders out there so I would just suggest see a sleep doctor...wish I had done it sooner.
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replied May 16th, 2014
Wow--my dad had narcolepsy and cataplexy, so it must be hereditary. I made an appointment immediately! Thank you!
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replied February 27th, 2012
Night Terrors Hallucinations while awake from deep sleep
I went through this for years myself, I would see spiders often running along the walls, or falling from the ceiling onto me, or a mattress falling on me or a bike cycling diagnally into the ceiling, etc. It was very strange. I would "wake up" and gasp, and freak out saying "can you see it? It's RIGHT there! There's a spider right there!" and my boyfriend would say "there's nothing there, go back to bed" but I would have to get out of bed and turn on the light to believe that it wasn't there and see that everything was normal.

What worked for me was ensuring that I did not eat or drink 2-3 hours before bed, ESPECIALLY with SUGAR! When I stopped eating junk food before bed, my night terrors/hallucinations stopped for several years. It also helped when I was able to see the hallucination and laugh and say "I know you're not real" and close my eyes again and go back to sleep. I stopped seeing them after that too.

I had a night terror again about half a year ago (I'm 30 years old now)and it was the night that I had a big slice of chocolate cake, and fruit juice before bed.
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replied February 27th, 2012
I went through this for years myself, I would see spiders often running along the walls, or falling from the ceiling onto me, or a mattress falling on me or a bike cycling diagnally into the ceiling, etc. It was very strange. I would "wake up" and gasp, and freak out saying "can you see it? It's RIGHT there! There's a spider right there!" and my boyfriend would say "there's nothing there, go back to bed" but I would have to get out of bed and turn on the light to believe that it wasn't there and see that everything was normal.

What worked for me was ensuring that I did not eat or drink 2-3 hours before bed, ESPECIALLY with SUGAR! When I stopped eating junk food before bed, my night terrors/hallucinations stopped for several years. It also helped when I was able to see the hallucination and laugh and say "I know you're not real" and close my eyes again and go back to sleep. I stopped seeing them after that too.

I had a night terror again about half a year ago (I'm 30 years old now)and it was the night that I had a big slice of chocolate cake, and fruit juice before bed.
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replied September 2nd, 2012
Solutions to my night terrors
Hi guys! I am a 23 year old girl who suffers from the same thing. I've bloodied my boyfriend's nose trying to escape imaginary spiders, kicked him, and often hurt myself. I fell down running out of my room and skid on my knees. Often, I wake up from such a deep sleep and go into a complete sprint out the door, which gives me really terrible leg cramps and pain throughout the day. Here are a few solutions I've found:
-No sugar before bed (limit throughout the day in general)
-Limit caffeine
-Talk to someone close to you about it everyday. This helped me wakeup faster from night terrors, because I would realize what was happening.
- No alcohol. Seriously, now everytime I drink I have night terrors.
-Get a flashlight next to your bed. Its much better then flipping on all the lights if you sleep with someone. Shining a flashlight on my hallucination always makes it disappear and helps me wake up.
- Don't go to bed with too many clothes on. When I get too hot, I have night terrors.

I hope some of these tips help!
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replied February 27th, 2013
I have been tired for years, I keep waking up through the night and having nightmares, I've been falling asleep at work and struggling to sleep at night, recently I've been waking up shocked and seeing big spiders on ny pillow and wall, should I be concerned?
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replied March 18th, 2014
See a sleep doctor. I saw them too. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea
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replied March 7th, 2013
spider shapes onn ceiling
im 62 in london i see like shadowy shapes that look like spiders running across ceiling, particularly when i close my eyes for sometime open them up then see them - weird. first time i say this was maybe 5 years ago on a ceiling in Sydney. my mother had a car accident and she had an injury to her eye and they (from memory) repaired it somehow and there was a tiny spidery shape she always saw - i thought maybe its something to do with that but its reassuring to know I'm not alone. Micht be something in the brain??? dunno, from earlier evolutionary deep memory, not sure
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replied March 13th, 2013
I see spiders when I wake up
I looked this up thinking that someone would tell me it's to do with my brain not fully switching from sleep to a wake mode as quick as it should. Hence why I am not a morning person.

This is really bothering people? It did bother me quite a few times too. But I figured out that the spider would follow where ever on eyes would move. If my eyes stay still it's legs would move but stay still. If my eyes moved the spider would move with my eyes. This helped me identify if it wasn't real.

Don't worry I hate spiders to I think that might be why I see them? But I have to wonder why spiders? Wouldn't it be something else now and again?
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replied March 13th, 2013
I see spiders when I wake up
I looked this up thinking that someone would tell me it's to do with my brain not fully switching from sleep to a wake mode as quick as it should. Hence why I am not a morning person.

This is really bothering people? It did bother me quite a few times too. But I figured out that the spider would follow where ever on eyes would move. If my eyes stay still it's legs would move but stay still. If my eyes moved the spider would move with my eyes. This helped me identify if it wasn't real.

Don't worry I hate spiders to I think that might be why I see them? But I have to wonder why spiders? Wouldn't it be something else now and again?
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replied March 14th, 2013
What most everyone here is experiencing Is called hypnopompic and hypnogogic hallucinations and contrary to popular belief it's a very common occurrence. 90 % percent of people who suffer from this all see the same thing ... Spiders .

Nobody knows why it's spiders most believe it's a chemical reaction inducing visual effects while others believe its a paranormal phenomenon
With the amount of study on the subject neither answer is wrong

The reduction of suger will help keep the spiders at bay for most patients however not for a few if this affects your personal life then you should go see a doctor otherwise I just want you to know

This Is not dangerous

You are not crazy

It can not kill you

You are and will be safe
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replied April 22nd, 2013
im29 years old femal and i also wake up seeing spiders im glade to see it dos not only happen to me at forst i thought i might be going crazy lol. or that it would turn out being squizofrenic.
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replied April 29th, 2013
hey,please hear me out, i think this story might help someone who has a similar problem as i do... im only 13 and for the past couple of years i've seen spiders when i wake up, i just shake away instantly and see them, but i also see shapes, lines and stuff but mostly spiders, my breathing starts to get quick and my skin gets hotter. One time it got really bad and my brother woke up cos he heard me breathing that loud (we share a room) I was crying and i saw the spiders everywhere there wasnt just one, when i looked up at my mum, there was a spider in her face, on my shirt, on the walls etc. Even sometimes the room gets fuzzy and red or purple or in a different colour if that helps, i also had a weird experience when i woke up, a song was in my ears, like iw as putting on headphones with loud music, and the room was purple and i couldnt move:/ but now it doesnt happen to me anymore, heres why: When i go to sleep, i make sure i dont wear any clothes 9i know it sounds dumb) but when i get too hot it happens, and i open up my curtains that is right next to my bed to bring light in. And i stare out the window until i've fallen asleep. That seemed to help and the things didn't happen for a while now. I think it has something to do with the light?? Idk. Hope this helped. This thing traumatised me as i now have a phobia of spiders, i cant even look at the word or see a picture of it, im THAT scared of them now Sad i'm also scared of patterns, dots or any form of shape that reminds me of those nights. (I'm terrified only when i think about those nights.)
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replied October 8th, 2014
My hallucinations have been primarily of patterns, dots or repeating shapes. So I completely identify with your fear which used to strike when, for example, the night before I had woken up seen a certain pattern and then the next day I would see that pattern somewhere and it would bring it all back to me. My hairdresser, of all people, also has hypnopompic hallucinations and reacts in the same way! Do go and see a doctor if these hallucinations or the phobias are still bothering you. Chances are the hallucinations are quite harmless, that if there is some disorder it can be easily sorted. Phobias can be sorted too - so many people have them, you are not alone. (I looked at a website called Moodjuice run by the Scottish NHS and it really helped me understand how to sort out phobias). Take care
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replied May 23rd, 2013
Hi There,I'm 20 years old and have the same problem, it started when I was about 8 years old, I see spiders in my bed, falling from the ceiling on top of me, even though I know its not really there, I still need to turn the light on to see for myself, I even still have nightmares, its not clear at all, its just things flying into me and im really confused, I can force myself to wake up and sit up and open my eyes, and still see them, I never remember everything, only parts of it, only when people around me asks me about it, I remember parts of it, I talk to people who are asleep and they talk back....but they do not really, its really starting to freak me out, sometimes I even scream until I wake up while im still screaming. I thought these kind of things only happen to children?
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replied June 22nd, 2013
Hallucinations before sleep spiders
I am wondering why spiders? Has any medic or psychologist researched this? My experiences.....maybe 2 or 3 times a year since childhood, I have woken up startled and convinced there is a huge spider falling onto me. My first memory is of standing in my cot and screaming because there was a spider on the wall....whether it was real or not, i dont know! in adulthood i have even asked my husband to strip the bed and prove to me there is no spider......it's so real! Seeing the real thing shuttle across the floor freaks me out as I hate spiders....so i am wondering if this only happens to those with arachnophobia ? Last night my hallucination was slightly different...I saw lots of coloured shapes that were covered in spiders. I am 55.
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replied August 12th, 2013
Wow, I don't feel so crazy now. I've had strange spider hallucinations myself. They seemed to start last October when I started taking adipex. I will wake up, 3-4 nights per week and see large spiders crawling in my closet, some tarantula size. I've woke up several times and seem a large spider crawling down my husband's chest or on his neck. I've seen them on my pillow, and they seem to be darting under the covers or in my clothes in the closet..alway running away. I've seen a snake in the closet as well, but it was only once. It's always spiders!! Even when I don't take adipex I still have issues with this.
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replied August 13th, 2013
Confused
This really confuses me cause I'm fourteen and I woke up last night abruptly to get something to drink and go to the bathroom and when I get to the bathroom, there's a giant red and black spider on the wall. I freak and my mom comes in, freaking out, and she looks for it to kill it, but its gone. I stayed up for three hours thinking there was a spider following me, asking myself if it was venomous. I keep a glass of ginger ale on my desk every night and drink that when I get thirsty. Been doing it for five years and I first started to hallucinate that last night.
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replied August 13th, 2013
I had 3 Oreo cookies from Burger King last night, and a large diet coke but I had no hallucinations at all. So I'm not sure that caffeine and sugar has anything to do with them, for me at least. Maybe I need to see a sleep specialist or my regular doctor?
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replied September 5th, 2013
Why did I see a disappearing spider when i woke up
hi I have been seeing spiders but i star hearing Quran mp3 Abdul basit

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replied December 18th, 2013
Its now 3am and I have just woken up terrified. After opening my eyes I saw a huge spider run across my wall and behind my cabinet. After sprinting across the room in a panic to the light switch, I then reluctantly returned to the cabinet, taking all the objects out and moving it, there is no huge spider there! This is the sixth time this has happened in the past couple of years, im a 24 year old guy and I am not arachnophobic . Its always a big spider running from my mattress or across my wall. very strange that so many others experience the same thing and spiders seem to be a re occurring theme. if any one could recommend any books/doctors/research material on this phenomenon that would be great.. .. . . just glad im not slowly going insane!
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replied January 5th, 2014
spider hallucinations
Im 32 and have been also experiencing this and other hallucinations after waking when Im asleep. At first it freaked me out but now I realise that they are not real but I still turn on the light to check so that I can relax and go back to sleep again.

I've seen different things but nine times out of ten it is always very large spiders, they seem to have grown in size this year and are now the size of a small cat!!

I believe it is to do with diminished oxygen in the body and stress. I think that when we are under certain types of pressure, emotional or otherwise, where we feel trapped or held back by and our oxygen level in the body decreases the hallucinations manifest themselves as spiders.

When the bodies heat increases too much there is also less oxygen flowing in the body. When I wake I know that my breathing is very bad.

What has helped me is improving my diet as mentioned in other posts, avoiding processed sugars, caffeine, white flour based and processed salt based products like crisps and cakes. These all limit the amount of oxygen that our blood cells can carry.

I also found that making sure I get a good source of protein and omega fats (3, 6 & 9) in my diet the hallucinations don't happen and I sleep better. I use wheat grass for the protein and to help the cells carry more oxygen and I use cold pressed hemp oil for omega fat intake as I dont like to eat meat.

Also I have a back problem and when I dont exercise and my posture goes bad my breathing worsens and I get the hallucinations.

This is what I have found in my experience. I hope it helps and am interested to read about other peoples experiences. I've had it for years and never knew other people experienced the same thing. I thought I was going crazy!!
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