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1 in 10 persons have near-death experiences and describe extraordinary details. 

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen asked 1,034 people from 35 countries if they’ve ever had a near death experience. 10% were found to have a near death experience and were asked to detail their experience. 

87% reported abnormal time perception, in that they perceived time as moving much faster or slower than it really was. Additionally, 65% reported racing thoughts that felt overwhelming, and 63% reported exceptionally vivid senses. 

Participants also described experiences of feeling at total peace, standing in a dark tunnel, and seeing their life flash before them. 

Researchers are now exploring a possible link between near death experiences and REM sleep, which might be the cause of these extraordinary experiences.  


(2019, June 29). One in 10 people have ‘near-death’ experiences. NeuroscienceNews. Retrieved from

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is a staff writer at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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