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Whoah Nellie! – I had another sleep paralysis today taking a nap. Upon awakening from a 1.5 to 2 hours nap I had the sleep paralysis for about a half an hour!! I could open my eyes and see the ceiling, trying really hard to blink, but was still in a dreamlike state – a scary one too. I tried to get my body to move to wake me up. It wouldn’t. I felt like the top of my head was glued to the headboard and wouldn’t let me detach. I tried screaming out – you know that awful sound that is so hard to get out and it ends up being a pitiful groan or grunt. I heard people all around the room talking – yet no one was there – I was totally alone in the apartment. This went on for half an hour or so! I’ve been extremely tired lately and have been sleeping all night and then also sleeping 2 to 5 hours in the day. Who else gets this? I’ve had it many times before – it’s really frightening!
Mog the Dog here.
Count me in! I have experienced sleep paralysis since I was 3 or 4 years old, and yes, my episodes sometimes last between 30 – 45 minutes. When I learned that it is simply a conscious awareness of being in REM sleep (in which we are normally paralyzed to avoid acting out our dreams), I began to experiment with relaxing and then bringing on pleasant dream content. This works in relieving the horror of feeling like someone is sitting on me and not letting me move.
Daytime napping makes sleep paralysis more likely to occur. Waking up in the middle of the night and getting up for awhile before going back to sleep is another trigger for me.
You should consider getting a sleep study done (so should I!). Sleep paralysis can be associated with narcolepsy. I have not yet found any research linking it directly to any other disorders (other than sleep disorders).
Mine were not quite the same but my post on it is here, along with someone else suffering this – the topic is “Do you feel sick when you lie flat on your back, or have you ever felt “paralyzed”?”:-
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