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Hypnagogic

[hip-nə-GAH-jik]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: French, late 19th century

1.

Relating to the state immediately before falling asleep.

2.

Encouraging sleep.

Examples of Hypnagogic in a sentence

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

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

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About Hypnagogic

This word might look familiar to you because of its trancelike cousins. The Greek root “hypn” 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. You might cruise on into slumber, or you could experience a mental disturbance.

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