Wednesday, August 20, 2008

NDE: Near-Death or Dreaming?

For the select few, NDE (Near Death Experience) is a confirmation of an afterlife, but recent research suggests that NDE may have something to do with your irregular sleep patterns. Hm...I'm not so convinced about their claims though I never have any of those NDE.


According to Dr. Kevin Nelson, a professor of neurology at the University of Kentucky (Fried Chicken?), people who have been through NDE have a blurred boundary between sleep and wakefulness. Meaning that they no longer can control their sleep? He said, "The brain switch-linking wakefulness and REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep is different."

"It's more likely to blend the REM state and wakefulness into one another," says Nelson. Wow, that surely doesn't sound good. His research also found out that 60%of people with NDEs also have episodes of REM intrusion, where sleep paralysis and visual or auditory hallucinations intrudeon their waking hours. Sound like NDE is a kind of drug? In other words, those who experience NDE is in for a torrid time ahead? Beats me.

Anyway for those who have NDEs before, please feel free to share with me your experience and validate whether what Kevin Nelson said is true. Do leave me a comment. =) And yeah, good morning everyone.

p.s.: I can see that Anwar is leading the poll as expected!


allenupl said...

See this page on the website of the International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS) which challenges these theories.

If you are interested in NDEs, IANDS is the most credible source. their website is at In particular, you might want to check under the Research tab for published papers outlining findings from the most current research, particularly the two written by Dr. Peter Fenwick and Dr. Pim Van Lommel, at

During the past 30 years, NDEs have been the focus of many scientific studies at universities and medical centers throughout the U.S. and around the world. Many medical professionals who have seriously studied the research – and it is extensive – no longer dismiss this phenomenon as hallucinations, intense dreams, or caused by physiological or pharmacological factors. When you carefully analyze the evidence and read just a sample of the thousands of accounts compiled by researchers, the evidence is becoming overwhelming that something is going on that cannot be explained by current scientific paradigms.

I am a member of the above association because this is a fascinating topic. They keep you up-to-date with the latest NDE research along with e-mails of experiencer accounts every month (which are particularly intriguing).

Tekkaus said...

Hmm...yes. Something is going on and for the time being science is not the answer. Well, only those who has experience it will know right? =)