A near death experience (NDE) is a phenomenon experienced by people who have been in life-threatening incidents such as car crashes, heart attacks or even giving birth.
While this phenomenon is thought to be a rare one, a new study from Denmark suggests that a majority of people have had NDE. In fact, study suggests 1 out of 10 people have gone through this unusual experience.
Victims often describe the incident as actually dying and feeling a sudden peace as if one has passed away. Paralyzed and confused, some of the victims describe the experience as pleasant while others have said it was scary as it was very much like, well, death itself.
Resembling ‘lucid dreaming’, those who have had an NDE say that they sure had an out of body experience which was in no connection with the physical world and was quite spiritual. Some of the victims that have experienced NDE also state that they have had visions of going through a tunnel towards a bright light or even making contact with their deceased relatives and loved ones.
A high number of people who have had an NDE, have also experienced lucid dreaming as well. This correlation is what the scientists are relying on while solving the puzzle of near death experience.
Study’s lead researcher Dr. Daniel Kondziella, also a neurologist at the University of Copenhagen confirmed the two phenomenons might be interlinked by stating “We confirmed the association of near-death experiences with rapid-eye-movement sleep intrusion”.
In a life-threatening situation, even though the body has not died, the brain reacts in a way as if it did. There is, of course, a scientific reaction to it. This reaction to sudden unexpected and dangerous situations is caused by the same reason for Lucid Dreaming, our brain has a mean defense mechanism in times of trouble. While the study has not been published yet, it has been presented at the European Academy of Neurology Congress.