A hypnopompic state (or hypnopomp) is the state of consciousness leading out of sleep, a term coined by the spiritualist Frederick Myers. Its twin is the hypnagogic state at sleep onset; though often conflated the two states are not identical. The hypnagogic state is rational waking cognition trying to make sense of non-linear images and associations; the hypnopompic state is emotional and credulous dreaming cognition trying to make sense of real world stolidity. They have a different phenomenological character. Depressed frontal lobe function in the first few minutes after waking - known as "sleep inertia" - causes slowed reaction time and impaired short-term memory. Sleepers often wake confused, or speak without making sense, a phenomenon the psychologist Peter McKeller calls "hypnopompic speech."

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  • hypnopompic — [hip΄nō päm′pik] adj. [ HYPNO + Gr pompē, procession (see POMP) + IC] designating or of the state intermediate between sleep and complete awakening [hypnopompic visions] …   English World dictionary

  • hypnopompic — pertaining to the state of consciousness when awaking from sleep, 1901, from HYPNO (Cf. hypno ) sleep + Gk. pompe sending away, from pempein to send …   Etymology dictionary

  • hypnopompic — adjective Etymology: hypn + Greek pompē act of sending more at pomp Date: circa 1901 associated with the semiconsciousness preceding waking < hypnopompic illusions > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hypnopompic — Denoting the occurrence of visions or dreams during the drowsy state following sleep. [hypno + G. pompe, procession] * * * hyp·no·pom·pic päm pik adj associated with the semiconsciousness preceding waking <hypnopompic illusions> compare… …   Medical dictionary

  • hypnopompic — |hipnə|pämpik adjective Etymology: hypn + pomp (from Greek pompē act of sending, escort, procession) + ic more at pomp : dispelling sleep : of, relating to, or associated with the semiconsciousness preceding waking hypnopompic dreams opposed to …   Useful english dictionary

  • hypnopompic — /hip neuh pom pik/, adj. Psychol. of or pertaining to the semiconscious state prior to complete wakefulness. [1900 05; HYPNO + Gk pomp(é) sending away (see POMP) + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • hypnopompic — adjective Referring to the state of consciousness before becoming completely awake …   Wiktionary

  • hypnopompic — [ˌhɪpnə(ʊ) pɒmpɪk] adjective Psychology relating to the state immediately preceding waking up. Origin early 20th cent.: from Gk hupnos sleep + pompē sending away + ic …   English new terms dictionary

  • hypnopompic — hyp·no·pom·pic …   English syllables

  • hypnopompic — adj.; see imagery …   The new mediacal dictionary

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