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Hypnagogic State

Hypnagogic State: Term referring to the transitional state of consciousness experienced while falling asleep, sometimes characterized by vivid hallucinations or imagery of varying degrees of bizarreness; sometimes used to refer also to the similar state of awareness experienced during the process of waking up. Compare Hypnopompic State. [From the Greek hypnos, “sleep,” + agogos, “leading”]


  1. Parapsychology by Michael A. Thalbourne, Republished by Puente Publications, Charlottesville, VA, USA, 2003