For quite a number of years, I have suffered from something called “Sleep Paralysis“
(Also can be known as a “ghost sitting on you” while you sleep)
If you’ve never had it before (lucky), and had no idea of its existence before having it, it is a very very frightening experience. Although the experience is harmless, it can be pretty traumatising.
Basically Sleep Paralysis (or REM Atonia) is basically not being able to move for a few seconds/minutes upon falling asleep or waking up. It’s like you’re trapped in between reality and dream world. Sometimes, it can take upon a whole new level (which has happened to me unfortunately) in where you may hear or think you sense something near you. (ie, I sometimes think someone is standing over my bed or someone talking to me when there really is no one)
It’s pretty much being in a PANIC state of mind.
When I’m in that state, my first course of action is trying to lift or move my hand which usually occurs to no avail/I usually can’t sleep for awhile after suffering from a paralysis because I’m pretty much scared to close my eyes.
When you’re experiencing this just after sleep; it’s because you still remain aware/awake while the body is shutting down for REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. (Hypnagonic or Predormital Sleep Paralysis)
When it’s just after waking up, it’s because you’ve become aware too early; before the REM sleep cycle has completed. (Hypnopompic or Postdormital Sleep Paralysis)
* Unfortunately, I suffer from both*
So, after years of having this, I’ve figured out the cause of my Sleep Paralysis (Hypnagonic one) and the cure of it.
Pretty much, Sleep Paralysis occurs for me when I sleep in an upright position, as in, sleeping on my back and face up. Whenever I sleep like this, I WILL be paralysed. And it sucks. And it’s scary. The only way I can get out myself out of it is if I somehow shock my body in to waking up or turn on to my side. (which by the way is very very very hard considering I’m “paralysed” – at least by my mind)
And that’s where my personal cure comes in.
As long as I sleep on either of my sides
holding something pressed against
my chest (Tofu Plushie ♥
) then I will sleep peacefully.
Although, this also causes problems
as sleeping on my sides ends up hurting my arms
. But I would rather that, than being paralysed. It is absolutely the worst feeling ever. ∑(°д°;)))
I’m usually okay
with it now as I know how to counter it;
but there are times that it gets so bad
that I end up crying when I wake up
. It’s like …my heart gets a huge ..shock
? And I can’t breathe?
I don’t know.
Sometimes just before I experience this
, I’m having a pretty vivid dream
which is “normal
” but feels freakishly like a nightmare
. (ie, walking in a shopping centre but the skies are grey and I’m alone and something is “out there”?
)♥ ♥ ♥Have you ever experienced Sleep Paralysis before?
I’m sorry this post was quite ..spooky in some way. But, it’s been bugging me for years and I thought I’d share my experiences. And that if you ever experience it in the future, you will know what it is – and not panic. Just remember, it’s all in your “head”. //Also, my flooring is done ~ ♥
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