Sleep Paralysis

I will never forget my first, and, fortunately, only experience with sleep paralysis. I was about eleven or twelve years old when it happened; I woke up in the middle of the night unable to move. I panicked and wanted to scream, but the words never came out.

After a few seconds, something let go of me and I ran as fast as I could to tell my parents about the episode. In the years that followed I couldn’t understand what happened to me that night, but it fascinated me so much so that I became determined to find out more.

I have, on various occasions, been told that this condition is the work of demons (a very popular belief in some parts of the world); however, I now know that there is a scientific explanation for this phenomenon.

Most people, at some point in their life, will experience Sleep Paralysis.  The condition is broadly defined as it sounds – paralysis during sleep.  While it may also occur in people who don’t suffer from any apparent sleep problems, sleep paralysis has been linked to narcolepsy, cataplexy and hypnagogic hallucinations. .

Lack of sleep, sudden lifestyle or environmental changes and stress may trigger Sleep Paralysis, and you can take several steps to prevent such episodes:

  • Get at least 8-10 hours of sleep every night
  • Have a set schedule for bed time
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when you are sleep deprived
  • Exercise
  • Avoid stress and relax few hours before bed time.
  • Avoid sleeping in a face upwards or supine position

 

Sleep Paralysis is not generally considered dangerous and, although some people may be frightened by it (like me), in reality it isn’t anything to be afraid of . If you’d like to find out more about this topic, please visit: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2585517/facts_about_sleep_paralysis.html?cat=5

 

Have you ever experienced Sleep Paralysis? Share your experience and continue the discussion in the comments below.

By Agnieszka.

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8 thoughts on “Sleep Paralysis”

  1. This scares me TO DEATH! It happened to me alot as a kid , I always felt like someone (or something) in the room was looking right at me , it really stayed with me till I started reading about how it happened to other people, I was quite glad to find out that I wasn’t alone 🙂

    1. Hi Brandon ,
      You are certainly not alone, millions of people go through this . The most important thing is that you know what is happening to you and know how to deal with it. So a good advice for parents would be to talk to their children about a possibility of sleep paralysis.

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  3. Are there any support groups or something like this? I have it once in a while and would love to find a treatment or something similar to help me with this awful problem.

    1. Hi Bill ,

      Sleep paralysis affects different people in different ways , some may feel like an evil entity is watching them others may feel an alien obduction etc, recognizing the symptoms makes it easier to cope with such episodes. Learn your ”triggers” and avoid them. Make sure you get enough sleep each night and try to avoid sleeping on your back. Also talk to your friends and family , you might be surprised to find that someone close to you has had sleep paralysis experience.

  4. Well i get something similar when i fall asleep i remain in this state where i could move around but not really its kind of like a outer body expereince but my body aint really moving just in a dream state but oll see a shadowy figure almost like a demon and i uselly start wrestling it but last night i seen a hand come from the ground i was able to get up but in the dream state and i was like its satan he pulled me off the bed and i started punching it then i woke up and i was on the bed sleeping with nothing there anyone have any advice for me

    1. Are you aware of what is going on ? Is it a dream or maybe like a half dream experience where you are half awake half asleep? It sounds like you may be having OBE episodes.

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