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hypnopompic Syllabification: hyp·no·pom·pic
Pronunciation: /ˌhipnəˈpämpik/

Definition of hypnopompic in English:


Of or relating to the state immediately preceding waking up.
Example sentences
  • Also the state in-between sleeping and waking is NOT the hypnagogic state but the hypnopompic state.
  • The level I am talking about is also hypnagogic & hypnopompic, because sleep brings on the same feeling of hypnosis.
  • Sleep paralysis occurs in the hypnagogic state or the hypnopompic state.


Early 20th century: from Greek hupnos 'sleep' + pompē 'sending away' + -ic.

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