Twilight State


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Twilight State

 

(also dream state), a sudden mental disorder characterized by strong feelings of anger, fear, and melancholy and often accompanied by delirium and hallucinations. The simultaneously retained ability to perform complex actions in an orderly fashion may lead to dangerous behavior.

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"Sedatives and keeping patients in a constant twilight state isn't helpful.
For SVT, the procedure is done under conscious sedation; the patients are awake but in a twilight state. It takes two to three hours.
As for stage one, or hypnogogic sleep, that twilight state you're in right after you start dozing, it's little understood.
Referring to Jung, Spoto says, "twilight state [is] analogous to middle transition." He further states that "The rays of the sun as twilight and darkness takes over actually withdraw back into the individual's inner life, to his or her own soul, in order to now provide illumination from within".4
This is one habit that works for me when I'm travelling - I let my mind become still and settle into a kind of twilight state, similar to that reached by meditation, for a few minutes.
Her sister, Lisa Robinson, of Five Points, Alabama, said: 'She's in a twilight state, as if she's screaming inside but can't move.'