Why am I being woken up by phantom odours?
August 20, 2012 2:48 PM Subscribe
What might be causing nocturnal phantom odours? For the last couple of months, I have woken up abruptly from deep sleep by a very strong odour (scent varies). My partner is not awoken by these "smells" and I don't think it's worth disturbing his sleep over for corroboration, because the smell goes away right after I wake up, which has led me to believe I am dreaming/imagining it.
posted by Secret Sockdentity to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The smells have included mint, cinnamon, cigarette smoke, and curry. (Separately, not mixed together!)
I checked previous AskMes and googled "phantom smell" but nothing seemed quite to match this--being woken up and having the smell vanish upon waking.
I don't have this problem during the day, though I am often quite sensitive to smells and can detect faint (but real!) odours more easily than others.
I am leaning toward making a doctor's appointment but I will not be able to get one for a few weeks for something non-urgent like this. So I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this and what the heck it could be.
Other possibly relevant info:
- I am in my late 30s.
- I am in good health.
- I have recently started exercising more.
- I have had sinus issues in the past.
- My partner and I are trying to conceive. I know pregnant women are sensitive to smell, but I've had these phantom night odours when I was definitely not pregnant. However, I am still waiting to find out if I am or not this month. So I don't know if it is linked to hormones.
- I have, in the past, suffered from migraines but have not had one for a couple of years. I always experienced auras with migraine (usually accompanied by pain; however, on rare occasions, aura without pain), but they were the flashing light type of aura, never the odour type.