One in 10 individuals have ‘near-death’ experiences, in keeping with new research

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Mystical near-death experiences the place individuals report a spread of non secular and bodily signs, together with out-of-body sensations, seeing or listening to hallucinations, racing ideas and time distortion, have an effect on round 10 per cent of individuals, in keeping with a brand new research that analysed contributors from 35 international locations.

These near-death experiences (NDEs) are equally as frequent in people who find themselves not in imminent hazard of loss of life as in those that have skilled really life-threatening conditions reminiscent of coronary heart assaults, automotive crashes, close to drowning or fight conditions.

The brand new findings had been offered on the fifth European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Congress by researchers from the Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen College Hospital, College of Copenhagen, Denmark, the Heart for Stroke Analysis, Berlin, and the Norwegian College of Know-how, Trondheim, Norway.

Experiences most continuously reported by contributors of their research included: irregular time notion (87 per cent), distinctive velocity of thought (65 per cent), exceptionally vivid senses (63 per cent) and feeling separated from, or out of their physique (53 per cent).

The research group who reported NDEs variously described feeling at complete peace, having their ‘soul sucked out’, listening to angels singing, being conscious they had been outdoors their physique, seeing their life flashing earlier than them, and being in a darkish tunnel earlier than reaching a vibrant gentle. Others spoke of being conscious of one other’s presence earlier than they went to sleep, or of a demon sitting on their chest whereas they lay paralysed unable to maneuver [see Notes to Editors for selected quotes].

The staff recruited 1,034 lay individuals from 35 international locations through a crowdsourcing platform on-line (to get rid of choice bias) and requested them in the event that they’d ever had an NDE. In the event that they answered ‘sure’, they had been requested for extra particulars, utilizing an in depth questionnaire evaluation instrument referred to as the Greyson Close to-Demise Expertise Scale, which asks about 16 particular signs.

A complete of 289 individuals reported an NDE, and 106 of these reached a threshold of seven on the Greyson NDE Scale, (which confirms a real NDE). Some 55 per cent perceived the NDE as really life-threatening and 45 per cent as not really life-threatening.

Removed from being a nice expertise related to emotions of peacefulness and wellbeing, as some earlier research have reported, the brand new research discovered a a lot greater price of individuals reporting their NDE as disagreeable. Total, of all of the individuals who claimed an NDE, 73 per cent stated it was disagreeable and solely 27 per cent stated it was nice. Nonetheless, in these with a rating of seven or above on the Greyson NDE Scale (a confirmed NDE), this modified to 53 per cent reporting a nice expertise and 14 per cent an disagreeable one.

Primarily based on perception gained from earlier research, the researchers discovered an affiliation between NDEs and Fast Eye Motion (REM) sleep intrusion into wakefulness. REM sleep is a part of the sleep cycle the place the eyes transfer quickly, the mind is as energetic as when somebody is awake, dreaming is extra vivid, and most of the people expertise a state of non permanent paralysis, because the mind ship a sign to the spinal twine to cease the legs and arms transferring. When REM sleep intrudes into wakefulness, some individuals report visible and auditory hallucinations and different signs reminiscent of sleep paralysis, the place they really feel aware however can’t transfer.

REM sleep intrusion on wakefulness was discovered to be extra frequent in individuals with scores of seven or above on the Greyson NDE Scale (47 per cent) than in individuals with scores of 6 or under (26 per cent), or in these under the edge with no such experiences (14 per cent).

Lead researcher Dr. Daniel Kondziella, a neurologist on the College of Copenhagen, stated, “Our central discovering is that we confirmed the affiliation of near-death experiences with REM sleep intrusion. Though affiliation will not be causality, figuring out the physiological mechanisms behind REM sleep intrusion into wakefulness would possibly advance our understanding of near-death experiences.”

Dr. Kondziella stated that the 10 per cent prevalence determine of NDE was greater than in earlier research carried out in Australia (eight per cent) and Germany (four per cent). He stated this may very well be defined by the actual fact they’d been carried out on cardiac arrest survivors reasonably than unprimed lay individuals, as on this research.

Dr. Kondziella stated the research replicated the findings of an earlier research by Nelson et al in 2006 that had been criticised for selectional bias, however the brand new research addressed these potential flaws by recruiting through a crowdsourcing platform.

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Extra info:
Prevalence of near-death experiences in individuals with and with out REM sleep intrusion. Offered on the fifth European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Congress on Saturday, 29 June, 2019.

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