from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Variant of hypnagogic.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of hypnagogic.

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  • adj. sleep inducing


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  • We are told to pay heed to the “interval between the waking-state and the sleeping-state,” the twilight states of mind psychology calls hypnogogic and hypnopompic.

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  • I always hear voices in my head when I'm lying in bed at home ready to sleep, in what I think is called the hypnogogic state.

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  • I also watch brilliant mutating spectacles on my closed eyelids, so-called hypnogogic hallucinations, that usher me into sleep.

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  • This is similar to the "hypnogogic" state experienced just prior to sleep, and the first thing in the morning.

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  • The audio is sure to give the venue's newly upgraded sound system a thorough breaking-in, while the images transport with a hypnogogic flow of abstract patterns conjured through digital manipulations of a dozen shots of what looks like crumpled aluminum foil.

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  • I had a hypnogogic paralyzed dream last winter, while staying at the family cabin in the Adrirondaks.

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  • I realized it was a hypnogogic dream inside the dream.

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  • It started at four this morning when I was jolted awake by a particularly hideous hypnogogic hallucination.

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  • Moreover, you need to explain how people like me exist who do not believe in God and yet also experience awe, transcendence, and even rare amazing experiences like hypnogogic dreaming in my case that would certainly be explained by many religious people as religious "miracles".

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  • Interesting thing about that: the hypnogogic state is alive, man, and I can hear my subconscious roaring at me, all the reasons why I should just roll over and go back to bed…

    Archive 2007-03-01


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  • Could I just stick my etymological oar in here (wearing my etymologist's boater) and point out that the roots are hypn- "sleep" and ag- "lead", so the word should be formed hypn-agog-ic. There is no place for a linking vowel -o-. The spelling 'hypnagogic' is much preferable.

    September 8, 2008

  • ...and lingering hypnogogic for sleep

    no more cling-clanging bells

    to awaken

    suzanne, suzannagig jig

    December 20, 2006