What Is Exploding Head Syndrome?

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2. Accompanying Symptoms

The loud sounds and explosions heard during episodes of exploding head syndrome cause people to be jolted awake and into full consciousness very suddenly. With this shock to the system comes additional symptoms, such as an elevated heart rate, sweating, shortness of breath and a sense of fear or anxiety.

Some attacks are also accompanied by involuntary muscle twitches or flashes of bright light while others can lead to headaches or mild memory impairment.

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