Saturday, 11 November 2017

Words - Hypnagogic and hypnopompic

It’s a long time since I did a word blog posting.  I came across these two the other day -  hypnagogic and hypnopompic

Hypnagogic is an adjective relating to drowsiness, particularly that confused, dream-like, transitional state as you drift off to sleep.  Hypnagogic hallucinations may occur as you go from wakefulness to sleep.

Hypnopompic is an adjective relating to the semi-conscious, state prior to complete wakefulness from sleep.  Hypnopompic hallucinations may occur as you wake up.

(Note Hypnagogic is spelled with an ‘a’ and hypnopompic with an ‘o’.  (In the book I came across them they were both spelled with an ‘o’ which was incorrect.).


  1. It's fascinating how science tries to name every single little thing.

  2. Both words seem to me to be made to dwell forever in a semi-conscious part of the brain (i.e. if remembering them at all, still forgetting which was what)...

  3. We could also creat new words from these, such as hypnopompous or hypnagorgeous...

  4. oh I do miss your posts!! lovely to drop in and visit...
    saz x


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