Not all hallucinations are indicative of a psychotic disorder. Some hallucinations are the result of drug and alcohol use, medical conditions or sleep disorders.
You described having hallucinations while falling asleep. These are commonly referred to as hypnagogic hallucinations. Some people experience hallucinations just before or during awakening. These are called hypnopompic hallucinations. Both types of hallucinations are associated with anxiety disorders, depression, insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, and narcolepsy.
Sleep deprivation negatively impacts concentration, mood and stress levels. Studies have shown that individuals with prolonged sleep deprivation can experience schizophrenia-like symptoms.
I cannot provide a diagnosis over the Internet. A psychiatric evaluation could determine a mental health diagnosis.
You should consult a primary care physician about your sleep difficulties and inquire about having a sleep study. A sleep study measures how well you sleep. It could uncover what’s causing your sleep problems.
Dr. Kristina Randle