Ever since humans registered the first records, they have all claimed and depicted being visited by ghosts, spirits, and even demons. As it happens, most people would say that the supernatural encounters took place around midnight.
But researchers believe they have discovered a more logical explanation for these paranormal experiences, and hypothesize that these events have actually nothing to do with ghosts, but with one’s sleep patterns.
Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths University, Alice Gregory, stated that there are a few ways in which sleep disruption can be confounded with ghosts. One of the ways is via sleep paralysis, which occurs when you attain the deep sleep state, or REM state, where you get paralyzed as not to enact your dreams.
Approximately eight percent of people maintain some kind of consciousness when they are in a REM state, so it appears as their dreams are forwarded into real life. It could be distorted as seeing people and things that are actually not real.
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Another probable explanation is something known as ‘exploding head syndrome,’ where a high band is heard just when drifting off, but there is no answer for it, actually.
Prof. Gregory says: “When we fall asleep, the reticular formation of the brainstem (a part of our brain involved in consciousness) typically starts to inhibit our ability to move, see and hear things. When we experience a ‘bang’ in our sleep, this might be because of a delay in this process. Instead of the reticular formation shutting down the auditory neurons, they might fire at once.
“Researching my book, I spoke to Mrs. Sinclair, who is 70 and lives alone. She told me about what she had thought was a ghost living in her house, an imp throttling her during the night, and other things that had left her petrified. Having scientific explanations provided her with immense comfort, and she no longer believes in paranormal explanations for the things that she experienced,” the researcher continued.
“We hope that scientific explanations of paranormal experiences might help others by lowering anxiety. Decreasing anxiety has also been hypothesized as a potential method by which to reduce sleep paralysis,” Professor Gregory added.