Does anybody else experience the following weird, very strong, sensation? (It’s happened to me occasionally (two or three times a year) throughout my life, but whenever I mention it to anybody else they look at me as if I’m mad. And I haven’t been able to find any reference to it elsewhere)
I’m lying in bed, in semi-darkness, trying to get to sleep. I become aware that I seem to be able to visually ‘zoom in’ - I can look at an object on the other side of the room, say twelve feet away, and inspect it in minute detail, it really feels like the object is only inches from my face. I can best describe it as feeling as if the room itself has been reduced to one third of its normal size - everything in the room seems huge, and very close, the walls seem very close. Or it’s as if I have binoculars fixed to my eyes… it’s hard to describe. The effect dissipates if I turn the lights on, or get up and walk around.
I’m hoping that somebody will say something like “oh yeah, that’s the Zweigel darkness illusion, a well-known phenomenon”, or at least “hey, I get that, too!” I’d stress that this is not some faint effect that I can conjure up whenever I feel like it - it seems to come out of the blue every few months, and is very powerful, in fact slightly disturbing.