July 3, 2008 5:36am CST
In Philipipines they call these deadly dreams "bangungot". I wonder if these nightmares can also be deadly in other countries. I hope others would share their experiences. Personally, I have experienced two episodes; bouth of which was caused by eating a heavy meal and quickly fall asleep. In a short while, asleep, I would seem to be conscious but unable to open my eyes. Without proper knowledge, any person may panic and undergo cardiac arrest. There are two recommended ways to recover: 1. (seriously) to wiggle the toe (thumb) on either foot. 2. or to say a prayer. For those of us who do not pray, try wiggling your toe now! :) Please share with us your experiences on similar dreams.
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3 Jul 08
interesting topic. i've experienced this many many times. and it is true, you want to panic, and you can actually feel your heart start to race. i remember once, having to calm myself down because it was hard to breathe and i though i might kill myself with panic. the interesting thing is that i can always move my toes, fingers, and lips... i wonder why only those particular parts? i hope someone has some answers... great topic...
6 Jul 08
thanks for your interest in this. I hope more people would take interest so that more people will be saved if this happens to them. Actually, I read a book that actually encourages people to take a curiousity in the "strange" consciousness associated with this "strange sreaming condition". I followed the advise and "went with the flow" i.e. I was voluntarily seeking to find out what was "out there". So instead of trying to end the experience with a prayer or with wiggling a toe, I sought to observe what would happen next ... Interestingly, I just woke up... I would be glad to hear more of your experiences ... Others are also welcome to share ...