Today I thought it would be engaging to share a rare sleep disorder, but one I’ve seen and diagnosed.
Exploding Head Syndrome
Presents as a sudden loud noise, snap, or explosion usually at sleep onset or upon awakening.
Can occur as an isolated incident or in a cluster.
Completely benign in nature but extremely distressing as most people experience it as a sensation of a blood vessel bursting in the brain.
This is essentially a sensory phenomenon of the brain.
Neurological examination and neuro-imaging are normal.
The most important aspect of treatment is reassurance.
Have you ever heard of it?