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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: French, late 19th century


Relating to the state immediately before falling asleep.

Examples of Hypnagogic in a sentence

"He listened to instrumental music to relax into a hypnagogic state. "

"My grandmother always told me warm milk was hypnagogic, but I've never felt sleepy after drinking it."

About Hypnagogic

Hypnagogic might look familiar because of its trancelike cousins. The Greek root "hupnos" means "sleep," so it’s applicable for the adjective "hypnagogic," and also the noun "hypnosis" and the verb "hypnotize."

Did you Know?

The hypnagogic state is the hazy transitional period from awake to asleep. Having a hard time falling asleep, or reaching the hypnagogic state, is a sign of insomnia, but doctors with the Sleep Foundation claim that establishing a healthy bedtime routine can reduce occurrences of insomnia. A good hypnagogic routine involves consistency. Other suggestions include dim lights, no electronics for 30 minutes before bed, and mindfulness exercises.

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