Q:

Why does it mean if you hear voices at night and feel like you are being watched?

A:

Quick Answer

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, sleep deprivation or insomnia could be the cause of paranoia during the night time. Hearing voices and feeling watched are also symptoms that correspond to a variety of conditions including schizophrenia, affective psychosis, or dissociative disorders.

Continue Reading
Why does it mean if you hear voices at night and feel like you are being watched?
Credit: Peter Dazeley Photographer's Choice Getty Images

Full Answer

Assuming that a person is not actually being watched or interacting with people and talking, hearing voices and feeling watched could be symptoms of a condition that needs medical attention. In most cases, it is best to consult a professional, like a family doctor, therapist or psychologist, to determine the cause(s) of these symptoms. It is also possible that the symptoms are benign and transient.

According to WebMD, hearing voices (an auditory hallucination) is often associated with schizophrenia. The American Psychiatric Association generally considers auditory hallucinations a symptom of psychosis, which may be caused by schizophrenia, affective psychosis, or dissociative disorders. There are many medical conditions that can cause auditory hallucinations, so one should not jump to premature conclusions.

However, recent research suggests that hearing voices may be common in other situations. For example, the International Hearing Voices Network notes that 70 to 90 percent of people who hear voices do so after recently experiencing a traumatic event.

Feeling watched is symptomatic of paranoia. According to WebMD, paranoia is characteristic of schizophrenia. However, according to a 2009 NIH study, Insomnia and Paranoia, hallucinations and paranoia can both be caused by sleep deprivation. Best practice for either or both of these symptoms is to consult a medical professional.

Learn more about Mental Health

Related Questions

Explore