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I see images when i close my eyes. Am i crazy?

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diamondriver Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Lately i... well i got the impression i get crazy, when trying to fall asleep. It is a very troubled time.

I react negatively to the little images that appear when you close your eyes. It's random stuff usually, and i don't like this. I would rather only see pitch black when i close my eyes.

Then i usually become anguished, because i'm recently afraid to become mentally ill, so i stay awake, because i don't want to see images anymore. Then you know, in the dark, there is some kind of... blue..dots, static.
That's normal, i think. But then the static becomes scary. I see shapes of worms, of small objects. And it's driving me crazy. I hate this hyperactive imagination.

Eyes closed or open, i see those strange artifacts, so i have to open the lights or i really believe i am getting crazy. Sigh... that's why i hate the night. I rarely get enough sleep, i didn't sleep at all this night.
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Seltivo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You probably just have strong reactions to sensory deprivation. When one of your senses is not getting any input, your brain becomes hyperactive and reacts more strongly to the smallest of signals. People have been known to have hallucinations and hear things when they are alone in a dark room. Best not to worry about it.
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Personal-Pariah Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
... that's called having an imagination, surely?
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rainbowbarf Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
yeah, i have to say that i think that's normal. do you stare at a screen for most of your day?
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diamondriver Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
yes i do , rainbowbarf, i stare at a screen most of my day.
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Suzzzanne83 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Hey, I get this too! Only I don't see negative things. I normally see faces. I wouldn't worry at all. I normally even try to have fun with it. Who says worms are bad? I sort of lie back and just watch whatever images are being produced. I would also recommend, however, eliminating/decreasing any anxiety-producing activity during your day or allowing yourself to wind down before bed. While the images are still coming, however, just take time to sorta get a kick out of them. Honestly, I've been "seeing" things with my eyes closed before falling asleep since I was like 3... I thought it was normal. (Maybe it is) Good luck!
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Posebud Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
It might sound like jibberish, but sometimes I get the same thing.
I love to read horror and sometimes I read stuff that can get itno your head. Not as in "She died. The End." But as in scarier. If you go to my devArt there are some examples.
Anyways, after erading these I sometimes see these things. And you're right, there is this static blue thing when you stare into darkness!
But I don't get it ALL the time. Seriously.

I'd try yoga or something to calm down. Tell yourself, it's your imagination and try to do things to take your mind off it. Watch something funny or do something you enjoy before going to sleep. I'm sure everything will be fine.
If things don't imporve I say you should tell someone. Parent, friend or someone.
If things still don't improve, see a councillour. (sp?)

I'm sure everything will be fine hun. :hug:

♥,
Posebud
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Avanti666 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
oops, damn enterkey
and so on and so on,
but better catch some sleep otherwise they'll come to life and stand next to you xD
I went without sleep for 3 weeks, then I saw these things like they were real and had to take antipsychotics ^^
FUN!! :P
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Avanti666 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
I've got the same, nothing to worry about. Look at the bright side of it xD when you'r on the train, having nothing to do, you close your eyes and look at what your mind brings you now :D
What kind of things do you see?
I saw a little girl rotting away at speedtempo, a fiery phoenix poking my eyes out, a devil laughing with me, a pile of fish (?!), a lion ripping someone to pieces, really bloody ^^, a man with a
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throughglasseyes Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
If it's adversely affecting your functionality in day to day life, it's probably something worth going to a docto over. If it's just kind of a troublesome annoyance, it's probably some sort of guilt/fear that's just sitting in your subconscious that just appears when your mind wanders, in which case you might consider getting counselling for.
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PunchMeIBleed Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
I see strange things when my eyes are closed too, the images used to always be frightening.
Try and just observe the images rather than react to them, or try tiring yourself out mroe before you attempt to go to sleep.
Unfortunately for us, we're rather visual, but hopefully it'll stop soon.
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Mixedpie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it's normal to see shapes, but your reaction to them is not.
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Argetlam42 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Sleep with a pillow over your head so that the dots don't join together with other shapes in the room. I'm serious.

Also try making the static into shapes that you find more comforting. If you can control it then it can't hurt you.

And if it forms a shape you don't like, imagine shooting it.
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Kajua Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008   Writer
It's normal, doesnt mean your crazy, has actually nothing to do with anything in your mind but the way your optical cortex responds to the lack of light occupying the receptors. Think of the rods (receptors of light in the eye) firing off the last few messages down the optic nerve (wire from your eye to your brain-which interprets the light messages) and that its just firing off the last of its transmissions before the feed of transmissions (light entering your eye) stopped (when you closed your eye)
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samothmcknight Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
It happens to me too, the only diffrence is that I see green things
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diamondriver Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
yea that happens sometimes too. i was freaking out when i saw my cat turn green.
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samothmcknight Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Dont worry, you'll get used to it, it's not as bad as it looks
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Bananasplit1 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
It's pretty normal to see things when you're just falling asleep.
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fifteennoodles Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
You're not crazy =)
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RiceballX2 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
:O I had the same problem too. I thought I saw demons walking around. lol
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Achuzu Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Your eyes hold on to more light than most people. What you are seeing is 'leftover' light from things you've looked at during the day. You know like when you stare at a light bulb and close your eyes and see the wire thing in the middle? It's the same concept. Your eyes just trap more light. As far as I know, theres no way to really stop it, aside from knowing it's scientific rather than you going crazy.

Hope that helped.
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MarinaNeira Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Oh, wow! I can't believe this would happen to someone else! :lol:

It doesn't happen to me anymore, but it always happened when I was a little girl. I thought it was normal back then, and enjoyed it, even! Of course, it freaked my mom out big time, she took me to the doctor, who said I must be making things up. :roll:

Seriously, it's nothing to worry about (I think.) I would see them when it was pitch dark regardless of whether I opened or closed my eyes. Try sleeping in a room with a little bit of light, or, like I used to do, just look at them. When I was little they helped me fall asleep.

I would see all sorts of things... geometric shapes, colorful dots, animals, all in colors that were bright but didn't exactly bother me.
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Husky-93 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
haha same thing happened to me when i was young its like a mini light show in ur head but then i got older and it went away :'(
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MarinaNeira Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
I don't regret that mine went away. But it didn't really bother me. :shrug: I wonder why they stopped, though.
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Husky-93 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
me too thats was the only reason i wanted to go to sleep lol
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ferentix Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Seeing things in the dark or with your eyes closed is pretty common I think. Especially if you've been doing something new, or something you hadn't done for a while (a particularly notorious trigger is actually the video game Tetris, which has most new players seeing blocks before their eyes whilst getting to sleep ;p)- that's part of the learning/memorising process I think. The other thing is that when you're falling asleep, you do pass through a stage where strange visions are common (A hypnagogic state I think is the term). Most of the time we forget this part of sleeping, but it's not abnormal to be aware of and remember some or all of it, especially if your mind is still more "awake" from various stimuli, like continuing to think hard, watching TV, reading etc.

Seeing things in the darkness is normal too. The "fuzz" and illusory lights in the dark are normal enough, and the brain will start trying to seek out patterns in noise ("faces" in clouds, on walls, etc) so you will often see these sorts of things under those conditions.

You're probably fine :)
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diamondriver Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
maybe i am thinking too hard. my only activities during the day is computer and reading.
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Madfairy7 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That is perfectly normal, this happens when you are over stressed or something.
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Agallochum Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I am falling asleep, I sometimes hear voices. They usually just say random, nonsensical strings of words, but sometimes they say sad or scary things. I read something on the Internet saying that it was actually a common experience in overtired or stressed out people. I'm guessing this is pretty much the same thing.
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diamondriver Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
im probably stressed or overtired.
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Nicolettethestrange Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Got to bed a little earlier, and stop watching television and being on the computor and hour before your about to go to bed. When you watch tv and or go on the computor you get this effect. I have it all the time when im up studying for uni even BEFORE i fall asleep my eyes go beserk trying to adjust. Try this out for a few weeks, earlier bed time, no tv computor 1-2 hrs before you fall asleep and you should feel better for it. The crazy flickering/images should die down!

If you find its still there, then you should take some time to asses if your feeling anxious or worried about somthing.Have a talk about it with a friend, family member or a docter what your describing is not a mental disorder but a common side effect to stress.
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Ashed-Dreams Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, I experienced the same thing sometimes ago. It's normal when you overworked yourself. You just need to take a few days off for yourself.
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ZhioN360 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Student Interface Designer
Whoa.. sounds pretty hectic. But the mind does play tricks on the eyes at night. Things you think you see aren't really there. I don't think you're crazy :hmm:
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