Definition of hypnagogic in English:

hypnagogic

(also hypnogogic)

adjective

Psychology
  • Relating to the state immediately before falling asleep.

    • ‘He automatically shook it off in his hypnagogic state and quickly fell asleep.’
    • ‘Sleep paralysis occurs in the hypnagogic state or the hypnopompic state.’
    • ‘I wasn't sure whether or not I was suffering from a hypnagogic hallucination!’
    • ‘These patients also reported and described hypnagogic images upon falling asleep.’
    • ‘Acquaint yourself with the nature of hypnagogic and hypnopompic phenomena, as well.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from French hypnagogique, from Greek hupnos sleep + agōgos leading (from agein to lead).

Pronunciation

hypnagogic

/ˌhɪpnəˈɡɒdʒɪk/