October 4, 2010 9:36pm CST
For many years I have been suffering from sleep paralysis... not knowing what it was. Basically, sleep paralysis is a sleep disorder where you wake up when your body is still asleep - kind of like the opposite of sleep walking. During REM sleep, our bodies are paralyzed as a defensive mechanism to prevent us from acting out our dreams. But for those who experience sleep paralyis, the paralysis sets in too soon (while you're just starting to fall asleep) or lasts longer than it should (after waking up at the end of a sleep cycle). Sleep paralysis is often accompanied by what are called "hypnagogic" hallucinations, basically, although people with sleep paralysis are concious and often have their eyes open, they can still dream. Almost all people who experience sleep paralysis are surged with overwhelming emotions of fear and evil. It is now believed that most people who experience things like out of body experiences, demon attacks, visions of ghost, and alien abductions are actually suffering from sleep paralysis. After years of believing that I was under attack by demons, it was quite empowering to learn about sleep paralysis. It even explains the levitation experience I had before - many people with sleep paralysis experience feelings and hallucinations of levitation. I'm still not sure that sleep paralysis is strictly a scientific phenomena, but it's nice to know that I'm not crazy. Has anyone else ever experience sleep paralysis? Have you ever heard of it?
5 Oct 10
yes i do. It's really freaky at first but it's a good thing that you found out that it's a condition and not a strange or evil thing. It happens to me sometimes especially when i get suffocated while sleeping or the ventilation in the room is not very good. But yes, awareness is the key. Now you don't have to be afraid. But even so it still gets scary when I realize that I'm already awake and but my body won't move, I also try to kick and scream to wake myself up. Sometimes one kick is enough but sometimes i have to muster all the energy i have to wake myself out of the dream. I haven't researched much about it since it doesn't happen to me much anymore coz' i have found out ways to prevent then from happening. This is a really good topic and i wish that we'll have more info about it in the future. since it kind of a scientific thing you know.
5 Oct 10
i don't have any personal experience regarding this but ive heard alot stories from people who have this kind of can we call it disorder? my neighbor have been with it & i was so scared & hope it wont happen to me.