Hear voices as falling asleep and waking up!!!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by happycfs, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. happycfs

    happycfs Member

    Hi everyone!

    I am wondering if anyone ever has the experience of hearing voices just as you are falling asleep, or waking up?

    I get this sometimes and it scares me. But I think it is because my brain is slipping into sleep right away and starting the audio portion first. Then it is last as I am waking up. Sometimes I hear a loud voce in my ear even that actually wakes me up.

    Any things, anyone?
  2. joanierav

    joanierav Member

    this happens to me with certain meds. i got it when i was on the ambien. and from the lorazapam, i now take, i see faces as im dropping off to sleep.

    i spoke this over with my neurologist, and she said it is a type of seizure, side effect from the lorazapam. not to worry, as im on such a low dose. and i need my sleep.

    love, joanierav
  3. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    are the voices saying anything or does it just sound like talking?
  4. happycfs

    happycfs Member

    The voices are not 'just' voices. It is sort of the audio of a dream, that starts just before I am actually asleep. It can be one person talking, or many people, or perhaps music even. Though, I often hear someone say my name as I wake up. It is just so odd.
  5. Sansofpa

    Sansofpa New Member

    Are you "sound" asleep when you hear the voices?

    I've heard of this type of awakening the night of, or after
    the person is at a gathering, shopping, or a concert-type event.
    It's almost like a rewind of what you experienced while awake,
    so I'm told, and it decides to remind you of it when you're asleep.

    Because my Tinnitus is so loud at night I don't hear voices, but
    almost every night I see myself or someone else falling down
    a flight of stairs. Last night it was a guy. I get so startled and jump.

    Perhaps if my ears would shut up, I'd hear something . . I'm
    on Ambien. This "falling" vision happens as I'm falling asleep,
    not during the night and I've never had issues with Ambien,
    so I don't think it would be that.

    When you hear the voices, concentrate hard and try to pick
    up a phrase that is familiar to you. A dear friend of mine
    knew everything about visions and dreams, but she passed
    away last year. In the event it's not your meds, it may
    be your way of unwinding while capturing something you
    enjoyed . . just my dear friend's take on this.


  6. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    This happened years ago. I had been having heart troubles and had worn a monitor several times. The heart specialist told me he wanted to put in a pacemaker and I was to give him an answer on monday. I prayed hard about it....was really troubled. That saturday I had layed down for a nap, and while praying, I heard this audible voice in my bedroom. It was NOT in my head because I sat up and looked around. I had just made the decision to have the pacemaker put in, felt at peace about my decision when this voice said....."but what about the rapid heartbeat". The pacemaker was because at night quite often I would be woke up when my heart stopped a beat because it was very, very slow. But during the day I've always had a more rapid heartbeat.

    I went back and shocked the heart specialist when I said NO......that I felt I was going to be healed. Told him this story. He said he was a christian also but thought I was doing wrong.

    My heart started beating normal for about 2 years, then I went back again, wore the monitor again, but this time the doctor said that he felt the pacemaker wouldn't have helped and that I would just have to live with it.

    I feel it was either my guardian angel or the voice of God.

    Sans.......do you have a fear of falling down stairs or has it ever happened to you or anyone else? This is obviously in the back of your mind and when you drift off it comes to the front.

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  7. joanierav

    joanierav Member

    i think these voices, images, etc etc. are a form of hallucinations. hallucinations are written as one of the side effects from most sleep aids that we take.

    as i mentioned i got it bad from the ambien. it was like a choir of ppl singing, very close to me , i heard them and saw them (but didnt see them clearly) i tried to touch them when it first happened , as i was drifting off to sleep. but of course i was just passing my arm through the air. it didnt scare me, altho i didnt like it. im sure the ambien was making the brain do this.

    i had to stop the ambien as it didnt work anyway.

    hugs, joanierav

  8. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    I was laying down, praying and trying to decide what to do when I clearly heard this voice. And at that time of my life I didn't need any sleep aids or meds for pain. Nor had I even had anything like FM. What a change l5 years can bring.
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  9. happycfs

    happycfs Member

    Wow, all of these stories and thoughts are fascinating. Thank you everyone.

    For me, I do not take and prescription meds, I am waaaay too sensitive. If there is a possible side effect, then I usually get it. So it is just me, exhausted and housebound, with tons of supplements though. But either way, no meds at all. (Ambien scares the heck out of me by the way. I have friends who have had horrible horrible side effects from it. I won't go near it.)
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  10. Sansofpa

    Sansofpa New Member

    I've never, ever fallen down stairs unless I did as a child,
    but my mother doesn't recall.

    It's a horrible feeling when I vision this, then I get so
    startled, jump up in bed, and have a problem getting back
    to sleep.

    I'm not on any new meds.

    I must research this.

    I love your story . . I'm a believer ^i^ . .

    Thanks for sharing that.

  11. Sansofpa

    Sansofpa New Member

    I really believe this is possible, now that several have
    mentioned it.

    I know all too well about them from caring for my grandmother
    and sister who both had them frequently. But . . they were both
    on heavy-duty meds.

    What else causes hallucinations, if not meds? Perhaps something
    to Google....

  12. Sansofpa

    Sansofpa New Member


    Could you please tell me the horrible side effects you're aware
    of from taking Ambien?

    I've been taking it a long time and about 100 people at work take
    it . . I work for the government in emergency services . . and we're
    all stressed to the max, and with or without medical conditions,
    seems like many people have insomnia for various reasons.

    No one has ever told me they had problems with it.


  13. happycfs

    happycfs Member

    Sure... I have not taken it personally of course, but a few people I know personally have had some very scary stories. The most common side effect seems to be the fact that people are having total and complete amnesia about things that they are doing while on Ambien. Things like.. calling up people in the middle of the night, binge eating at 3 AM, driving, walking, or even sexual acts have been reported, with the person having zero memory f it. I have a friend who has actually been traumatized by her behavior, that she did not have any memory of.

    There are several lawsuits currently against the drug manufacturer. People are reporting major hallucinations, depression and anxiety as well, and it often goes back to the drug. If you look it up, you will find that Ambien was actually first intended for very short term use. Not for longterm, as people often use it now.

    I really do not want to scare you now!! If you are happy with it, with no side effects, then I am sure that you are totally fine. I just do not want to even start it because of some others' experiences.
  14. Kittyweird

    Kittyweird New Member

    When I was taking a muscle relaxer every night, I had this happen. It drove me & my husband crazy! I kept thinking that we had left the tv on downstairs. I would say, "do you hear that? Did we leave the tv on?". My husband would sigh & say, no he did not hear anything & yes, he turned the tv off.

    I also has lots of high pitched squealy noises & a humming noise in my head. After my doctor took me off the muscle relaxers & I took myself off all pharmaceuticals, the noises stopped.

  15. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    Then recently I read that taking even ibuprofen can cause tinnitus and vertigo. What a shock. So you can imagine what stronger meds can do. Now I try really hard to wean myself off from ibuprofen because I read that you can get pain from trying to stop it.
  16. clementyne

    clementyne New Member

    when I took Ambien. It's called auditory hallucinations. I also would sometimes see things just as I was waking up or falling asleep.

    I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. I didn't like Ambien for other reasons so I stopped taking it although I have found 1/4 of a tab (or even less) is enough to help me sleep without the side effects. If I need something to help me sleep I sometimes take that little amount.
  17. clementyne

    clementyne New Member

    Here is a 'funny' horrible story that happened to my sister ... she had been taking Ambien for a little while & woke up with an unsettled feeling that something had happened the night before. She didn't have any idea what it might have been but she thought it might involve sex so when her husband came home from work she asked him what had happened the night before. She said his face turned beet red and he said "We will never talk about this again." and left the room. That was about 6 yrs. ago & he still refuses to discuss that night! I'm not sure what she did but it must have been a doozy!!!

    As for myself, I was getting up & eating after I had gone to bed. I only know because of the mess I would leave in the kitchen. I also made several phone calls to my best friend asking her to 'talk me down' because I was afraid I was going to o.d. on Ambien. I have no memory of these calls but it was just after Heath Ledger died & I was concerned about taking the drug.
  18. campbeck97

    campbeck97 New Member

    I was on ambien for almost 10 years before I started having any problems (that I know of)that is. I heard the voices like others have said maybe like a crowd of people talking,or a sudden loud sound that would wake me and I would also ask my husband "did you hear that,or what was that"? He never heard anything. also I would talk to my grandson late at night and not remember the conversation at all. I bougth several items off ebay without remembering. The things that started happening that caused me to finally wean off from it was my bedroom clock would rise about a foot or so off the bedside table ,and come towards me and then back away from me and I also would see lights in my bedroom...bright lights and many other spooky things. I thought I was going crazy but I'm happy to say since I got off ambien all has stopped. I did throw the clock out tho..that was just to freaky!I am surprised that the side effects took so many years to show up in me.Makes me feel better that im not alone in this . God bless us all
  19. happycfs

    happycfs Member

    Gosh, it seems like sleeping pills really can be very dangerous on many levels. I still do not have answers for my situation, because I do not take any medications. It is as if my dreaming starts with the auditory, and then the visuals start much later. I think that if I wasn't so incredibly tired and sleep deprived (for the last decade or two) I would not hear voices and noises as I fell asleep. I guess I will write it up to that. Add it to the list of many me/cfs symptoms.
  20. I am also very sensitive to almost all drugs so I've had to go the route of trying different sleep supplements. Tried Lunesta and Ambien years ago (at different times of course) and both gave me side effects that just exchanged one problem for another. So now I take a combination of Magnesium Glycinate along with a sleep supplement from my health food store, called "Relax All with Phenibut", and then a cup of "Sleepytime Tea" by Celestial Seasonings, which has herbs that help induce sleep, and finally, 5 mg of a "quick dissolve" melatonin. Some nights I do better with my sleep than others, but for the most part, this routine has helped me with absolutely NO SIDE EFFECTS. I also find that a hot (or warm) soak in a tub of water with epson salts always helps me sleep better and longer. Hope this helps. Not sure what could be causing the voices, though, if its not a side effect from a drug or drugs. It could be a type of spiritual warfare, if you believe in such things. But it also could be just from the severe sleep deprivation too, which I'm sure MOST IF NOT ALL OF US can relate to. Praying you start getting better sleep! God bless!
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