- Relating to the state immediately before falling asleep.
“My mom always told me warm milk was hypnagogic, but I’ve never felt sleepy after drinking it.”
“I stick to a strict hypnagogic routine — no phone, no TV, and only quiet music and paper books.”
“He listened to instrumental music to relax into a hypnagogic state.”
Greek, late 19th century
Why this word?
The Greek root “hupnos” means “sleep,” so “hypnagogic” might look familiar to you because of its trancelike cousins, “hypnosis” and “hypnotize.” The hypnagogic state is the hazy, transitional period between awake and asleep.
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