Exploding Head Syndrome Is Keeping Me Awake at Night and I Don't Know Why

Illustration by Dan Evans

For a long time, I never gave sleep science much thought. The closest I came to probing what transpires when we close our eyes at night was putting a friend's hand in a cup of warm water to see if he'd piss himself. But recently, one Tuesday night, I was lying in bed alone, in an empty flat, when an ear-splitting noise woke me up. It was a terrifying—and terrified—shriek. A blood-curdling scream. A woman's voice. It sounded like my sister. It sounded like...

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