• Relating to the state immediately before falling asleep.

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Example Sentences

“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.”

Word Origin

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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