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"Hypnopompic" is the state of consciousness leading out of sleep, a term coined at the end of the century by the spiritualist Frederick Myers. Its twin is the "hypnagogic" state at sleep onset; though often conflated the two states are not identical. The hypnagogic state is rational waking cognition trying to make sense of non-linear images and associations; the hypnopompic state is emotional and credulous dreaming cognition trying to make sense of real world stolidity. They have a different phenomenological character. Depressed frontal lobe function in the first few minutes after waking - known as "sleep inertia" - causes slowed reaction time and impaired short-term memory. Sleepers often wake confused, or speak without making sense, a phenomenon the psychologist Peter McKeller calls "hypnopompic speech."
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