Twilight zone of the brain. Scientists believe that ghosts, demons and aliens live in our head
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Researchers suggest that they have found the answer to the main question – what is the paranormal and how it happens .
Night is the best time for paranormal activity. With less light and sound, it naturally expands the imagination. Scientists now and then try to understand and study paranormal phenomena, but so far in vain. However, they still managed to shed some light on this mystery, writes Science Alert.
In the course of the study, scientists discovered a curious connection between paranormal beliefs and one of the most important processes for people – sleep. It turned out that subjective measures of poor sleep quality were associated with a stronger belief in ghosts, demons, life after death, the ability to communicate with the dead, and aliens visiting Earth.
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The authors of the study also note that the decline in sleep quality included:
- low efficiency sleep;
- long sleep latency;
- brief sleep duration;
- increased symptoms of insomnia.
In addition, the researchers found that sleep paralysis and exploding head syndrome, a disorder characterized by a sensation of loud noise and rumbling inside the skull, were also associated with the belief that aliens were visiting Earth. The researchers note that these new data are very interesting and worthy of further study.
Note that in earlier studies, scientists have also found a relationship between beliefs in the paranormal and sleep variables, especially sleep paralysis. In the new study, scientists examined a wider range of sleep variables and used a larger sample of recipients.
In total, almost 9,000 people aged 28 years and older took part in the study, who were asked to fill out an online questionnaire that included questions about sleep parameters and belief in paranormal phenomena.
The scientists analyzed the questionnaires of the recipients and came to the conclusion that a higher level of belief in the paranormal was closely associated with poor sleep quality, even taking into account the gender and age of the respondents. The researchers respond that their task was not to find an answer to how the quality of sleep and belief in the paranormal are related, however, scientists still put forward some assumptions.
It is known that sleep paralysis can be accompanied by visual and auditory hallucinations, and exploding head syndrome – a certain sound. Based on this, scientists suggest that belief in aliens may be associated with sleep disturbances with sounds and images – in fact, a person interprets these factors as evidence of the existence of extraterrestrial life.
At the same time, scientists note that she herself believing in the paranormal can lead to poor quality sleep – believing in visiting demons and ghosts can probably make it difficult to sleep, and not just in children.
Researchers note that their study results indicate an obvious link, however do not give a complete picture of why and how it occurs. More extensive additional research will be needed to answer these questions. However, the authors of the study are confident that their results offer new insights into the connection between sleep and the paranormal.