Sleep Paralysis

This is totally off the topic of my normal blog.

I just woke up from a very disturbing nap.

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4 thoughts on “Sleep Paralysis

  1. It’s only once in a while, but I experience this paralysis as well. I can’t tell if I’m awake or not, and my arms refuse to budge, my neck is immobile, and I’m only seeing in a low, grainy light.

    I have to tell you ~ as it was a very tangible circumstance, be whatever your philosophies may ~ the first time I remember it happening to me, I was aware that something like my younger brother’s heavy metal music was roaring in my head, only it was more like some psychotic, tone-deaf dragon. Then I had the sensation of being SAT ON by an invisible malevolence. I tried to cry out, could not, tried to lift my arm and could not. Finally I think I yelled out for God, and the presence (or whatever it was) left me.
    Totally freaky. This was like a day before I was to be baptized, so I have trouble denying it was an ‘event’.

    I’ve never used recreational drugs so maybe it’s not related to it.

  2. This used to happen alot when we were on trips across the country on vacations when I was a kid. we had a big suburban with 3 rows of seats.. I got a row, my sister got a row, and we’d sleep across the states.. I’d wake up..and not be able to move. I’d see the trees go by, and know what’s going on. not be able to move or speak. was FREAKY. it finally went away when I was around 12 (and started staying awake while riding in the car). Had it happen a few times since I’ve been an adult. Oh,, and found your blog through ernursey’s blog.. love it!

  3. This happens to me, too, though it was at its worst when I was in high school and college. It’s always as I’m falling asleep, usually when I’m very tired. (For what it’s worth, I’ve never been a drug user, so I don’t think that’s the cause.) I began sleeping with something that had a distinct texture–a stuffed animal, scratchy blanket, whatever–because I found that concentrating very hard on the feeling of the fabric against my skin helped me wake up.

    I finally told my mother about it when I was in my 20s…and it turns out my father has the same condition! Still freaky, but less oh-my-god-I-have-a-tumor so.

  4. this has happened to me a couple of times. the first time it happened was about 3yrs ago and i thought i was dead. my eyes were half open and i wanted to move but my entire body felt cold and numb, i have to say it kinda felt like i had left my body. i tried to speak and i couldn’t. i pretty much felt what you described only not as extreme. i told my sister who is studying psych and she gave me a weird but fascinated look and said “whoa! that’s sleep paralysis!”
    for the record i’ve only started to smoke pot a lot more frequently in the last 2yrs.

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