At lunch, I mentioned I had read on Cracked.com that many people suffer from auditory hallucinations. (If you go to the link, it's a few paragraphs in to the #1 Horrific Way Your Brain Can Turn On You Without Warning.)
I've always assumed this happens to everyone. However, the article says "the most common [is] the sound of voices (often your name, spoken aloud) right as you're falling asleep."
They are dead on when they say the most common auditory hallucination is of someone saying your name.
The Most Common Things I Hear When I Hear Things That Aren't There
1. Mom saying my name. I can hear her saying it, flat, no affect. "Ellen."
2. Gary saying something. Gary talks to himself all the time anyway, so I ignore. I think I've talked about this with Gary. If so, I'm sure he answered "Oh, that happens to everyone."
3. Unknown voice saying my name.
4. Unknown voice saying "Help." Again, just casually, not screaming or anything.
5. Unknown voice saying "Hey."
6. And most recently, an unknown voice saying flatly, "Whatever you want." This was this last weekend when I was still in bed, but awake.
Rest assured, this isn't the delusional superego on steroids that blames me for being alive and requires me to take medication. That thing won't shut up when it gets going. This is just, you know, a random word. Not a conversation, not upsetting. Just like a flash of light in your eye, it's a flash of words in your ear.
However, it doen't happen to me when I'm falling asleep. Evidently, Wikipedia says it happens more often when one drinks coffee.
Happily, of the four people at the lunch table, one said it she knew what I was talking about. Now I'm curious. Does anyone else know what I'm talking about?