Sleep Paralysis

  • metalxracr

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    Jul 09, 2008 6:54 AM GMT
    have you ever experienced it? I had not had it in a long time, but I had it again just recently it's scary shit!

    Just recently I was falling asleep when I got it, and every time I'd go back to sleep it'd come back. It happened like 4 times in a row, and it was accompanied by a very scary feeling. For some odd reason I was really scared I even had a chills run down my spine.

    I wonder why it happens, it's not very pleasant and ruins a comfortable night of sleep!
  • puttputt

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    Jul 09, 2008 6:58 AM GMT
    When you enter REM sleep, your body is paralyzed so that you don't act out your dreams. Normally those inhibitory signals are lifted when you wake up, but sleep paralysis can occur if you wake up before they're lifted.
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    Jul 09, 2008 7:23 AM GMT
    Ooh boy, you gonna diiiiiiie!

    Sure it wasn't a bad case of sleep apnea?
    http://www.sleepapnea.org/

    Last time I got a fright in bed was when I dreamt that this hawk (that keeps dive bombing me when I get near the garden) landed on my pillow. icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 09, 2008 7:28 AM GMT
    metalxracr saidhave you ever experienced it? I had not had it in a long time, but I had it again just recently it's scary shit!

    Just recently I was falling asleep when I got it, and every time I'd go back to sleep it'd come back. It happened like 4 times in a row, and it was accompanied by a very scary feeling. For some odd reason I was really scared I even had a chills run down my spine.

    I wonder why it happens, it's not very pleasant and ruins a comfortable night of sleep!


    What do you mean by sleep paralysis?
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    Jul 09, 2008 7:32 AM GMT
    Honestly, I can say the only time I've ever had that happen is when I've felt there's someone else in the room with me, whom I couldn't see. Yes, I mean a ghost. I'm a believer and, so, yea.
  • metalxracr

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    Jul 09, 2008 8:01 AM GMT
    Mike155294 saidHonestly, I can say the only time I've ever had that happen is when I've felt there's someone else in the room with me, whom I couldn't see. Yes, I mean a ghost. I'm a believer and, so, yea.


    Interesting you say that, because a lot of people encounter weird things like that when they are experiencing this kind of thing. it may be your mind playing tricks on you.
  • metalxracr

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    Jul 09, 2008 8:04 AM GMT
    Buckwheet saidOoh boy, you gonna diiiiiiie!

    Sure it wasn't a bad case of sleep apnea?
    http://www.sleepapnea.org/

    Last time I got a fright in bed was when I dreamt that this hawk (that keeps dive bombing me when I get near the garden) landed on my pillow. icon_eek.gif


    aww thanks! hahaha

    And Sleep apnea, I've never had it, but isnt that for people who are obese. Not trying to be rude, but the only people who i've known that suffer from it are pretty big.
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    Jul 09, 2008 8:12 AM GMT
    Ok, dont answer my question...I was just being polite. Why the hell should I care about your sleep paralysis....there isnt any reason. ...try to be nice and show an interest and what do you get...ignored! ...I am going to bed....I dont have to stay up to be ignored....I can be ignored in my sleep....in fact, most people ignore me when i am sleeping....and that is fine with me...fine with me, i say...i dont need it...any of it. ...just forget i even mentioned it. ....forgedaboutit....I am going to

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    Jul 09, 2008 9:29 AM GMT
    Caslon4000 saidOk, dont answer my question...I was just being polite. Why the hell should I care about your sleep paralysis....there isnt any reason. ...try to be nice and show an interest and what do you get...ignored! ...I am going to bed....I dont have to stay up to be ignored....I can be ignored in my sleep....in fact, most people ignore me when i am sleeping....and that is fine with me...fine with me, i say...i dont need it...any of it. ...just forget i even mentioned it. ....forgedaboutit....I am going to



    LOL I didn't intentionally ignore you. I was in the process of replying and then my ADD kicked in sorry!


    Well, basically its when you wake up or falling asleep and all of a sudden you feel as if something heavy is on you. You cant move, breath or speak! It's quite intense.
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    Jul 09, 2008 9:32 AM GMT
    Caslon4000 saidOk, dont answer my question...I was just being polite. Why the hell should I care about your sleep paralysis....there isnt any reason. ...try to be nice and show an interest and what do you get...ignored! ...I am going to bed....I dont have to stay up to be ignored....I can be ignored in my sleep....in fact, most people ignore me when i am sleeping....and that is fine with me...fine with me, i say...i dont need it...any of it. ...just forget i even mentioned it. ....forgedaboutit....I am going to



    You grumpy bugger hahaha icon_razz.gif

    Wikipedia says

    Sleep paralysis is a common condition characterized by transient partial or total paralysis of skeletal muscles and areflexia that occurs upon awakening from sleep or less often while falling asleep. Stimuli such as touch or sound may terminate the episode, which usually has a duration of seconds to minutes. This condition may occur in normal subjects or be associated with narcolepsy, cataplexy, and hypnagogic hallucinations. The pathophysiology of this condition is closely related to the normal hypotonia that occur during REM sleep[1]. When considered to be a disease, isolated sleep paralysis is classified as MeSH D020188.[2]

    Physiologically, it is closely related to the paralysis that occurs as a natural part of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is known as REM atonia. Sleep paralysis occurs when the brain awakes from a REM state, but the bodily paralysis persists. This leaves the person fully conscious, but unable to move. In addition, the state may be accompanied by terrifying hallucinations (hypnopompic or hypnagogic) and an acute sense of danger [3]. Sleep paralysis is particularly frightening to the individual due to the vividness of such hallucinations[4]. The hallucinatory element to sleep paralysis makes it even more likely that someone will interpret the experience as a dream, since completely fanciful, or dream-like, objects may appear in the room alongside one's normal vision. Some scientists have proposed this condition as a theory for alien abductions and ghostly encounters.[5]

    The paralysis can last from several seconds to several minutes "after which the individual may experience panic symptoms and the realization that the distorted perceptions were false" [6]. When there is an absence of narcolepsy, sleep paralysis is referred to as isolated sleep paralysis (ISP) [7]. "ISP appears to be far more common and recurrent among African Americans than among White Americans or Nigerian Blacks" [8], and is often referred to within African American communities as "the witch riding your back" [9][10].
  • metalxracr

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    Jul 09, 2008 9:37 AM GMT
    "the witch riding your back"

    haaha what a fucking whore of a witch!!
  • GQjock

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    Jul 09, 2008 9:44 AM GMT
    That sounds awful...

    I've had similar things happen but from a different perspective
    I have dreams every once in a while that I am unable to move... and I FEEL myself trying to move my body but I can't
    I have always assumed that it's this very samething but when I wake up I am fine
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    Jul 09, 2008 12:37 PM GMT
    Haha there are like 3 threads of this subject in the
    'mental Health' forums. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 09, 2008 1:46 PM GMT
    Interesting sidenote-- the percentage of Americans who experience sleep paralysis is nearly identical to the number of Americans who believe they've been abducted by aliens. Also interesting, the description of people who believe they are being abducted by aliens is almost exactly the same as those who experience sleep paralysis.
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    london_nyc saidInteresting sidenote-- the percentage of Americans who experience sleep paralysis is nearly identical to the number of Americans who believe they've been abducted by aliens. Also interesting, the description of people who believe they are being abduct


    ...hah hah, Except, I experienced sleep paralysis once in my life and it is terrifying. It was during a period of great stress in my life many years ago. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't move. It was not a dream. It passed after 5 minutes or so, and then I fell asleep again.

    The next morning I convinced myself that it was a nightmare of some sort. But when I told my doctor about it, he explained that, while not common, I had experienced something that was real.
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    Jul 09, 2008 2:54 PM GMT
    fastprof said...hah hah, Except, I experienced sleep paralysis once in my life and it is terrifying. It was during a period of great stress in my life many years ago. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't move. It was not a dream. It passed after 5 minutes or so, and then I fell asleep again.

    The next morning I convinced myself that it was a nightmare of some sort. But when I told my doctor about it, he explained that, while not common, I had experienced something that was real.


    It sounds like a scary experience, and sleep paralysis is very real. But it's the equating it with alien abduction/ghosts visiting part that I find a stretch. Just the mind, playing tricks with chemicals...icon_surprised.gif
  • shoelessj

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    Jul 09, 2008 3:00 PM GMT
    if people can't offer a constructive answer to something that is obviously a serious matter to someone else here, why show the whole population what an imbecile you are by making an inane comment? geez.

    anyway, yes, i've experienced it a number of times...the feeling was as if you're half asleep, half awake, couldn't move, trouble breathing, but i could scream, which led once to my mate shaking me out of it but to emerge from it it was as if i had to summon up all the strength i had to break out. scary stuff. it hasn't happened recently though. i've noticed that if i elevate myself a but while sleeping -- not sleeping on my stomach, using at least two pillows if i'm sleeping on my back -- it doesn't happen. hope that helps.
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    Jul 09, 2008 4:20 PM GMT
    Mike155294 saidHonestly, I can say the only time I've ever had that happen is when I've felt there's someone else in the room with me, whom I couldn't see. Yes, I mean a ghost. I'm a believer and, so, yea.


    I Do believe in spooks.......I DO believe in spooks.......I DO I DO I DO believe in spooks.
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    Jul 09, 2008 4:25 PM GMT
    When I was really little, and didn't want to go to school. I hated being made fun of so much, every morning and night I told myself I didn't want to go to school, one day I couldn't wake up completely and was freaked out! Thankfully it was at 4:00 am long before I actually had to be at school. I told the teacher, my best friend at the time, and she told the class and suddenly I had a few kids actually interested in me. Hasn't happened since, and I tell myself everything I have to do is only an inevitability that I have to face, just in case it's a factor at all.
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    Jul 09, 2008 4:26 PM GMT
    metalxracr said[quote][cite]Caslon4000 said[/cite]Ok, dont answer my question...I was just being polite. Why the hell should I care about your sleep paralysis....there isnt any reason. ...try to be nice and show an interest and what do you get...ignored! ...I am going to bed....I dont have to stay up to be ignored....I can be ignored in my sleep....in fact, most people ignore me when i am sleeping....and that is fine with me...fine with me, i say...i dont need it...any of it. ...just forget i even mentioned it. ....forgedaboutit....I am going to

    LOL I didn't intentionally ignore you. I was in the process of replying and then my ADD kicked in sorry!


    Well, basically its when you wake up or falling asleep and all of a sudden you feel as if something heavy is on you. You cant move, breath or speak! It's quite intense.



    Thank you. Now was that so damn difficult! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Oh, sounds like a bitch, btw
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jul 09, 2008 4:49 PM GMT
    Hypnagogic states are interesting. They're postulated to be the common underpinning to reports of ghostly visitations years ago, and alien abduction stories these days--they're often accompanied by a strong sense of something important happening and increased suggestibility, along with paralysis of basically every voluntary muscle except for eye movements.

    I entered into one once. Being the nerd I am, the thought that ran through my head was "OK, I'm just in a hypnagogic state, within a few minutes I'll be able to move, just don't panic," but even knowing what was going on it was still hard to shake the profound feeling of something important happening and the desire to sit up.
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    Jul 09, 2008 7:33 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerd saidjust don't panic," but even knowing what was going on it was still hard to shake the profound feeling of something important happening and the desire to sit up.


    Not to mention that (not so) irrational fear that maybe, just maybe, the paralysis WON'T go away. It was such an odd experience that even while it was ongoing, I thought it might be some weird hallucination.
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    Jul 09, 2008 7:37 PM GMT
    Caslon4000 said[quote][cite]metalxracr said[/cite][quote][cite]Caslon4000 said[/cite]Ok, dont answer my question...I was just being polite. Why the hell should I care about your sleep paralysis....there isnt any reason. ...try to be nice and show an interest and what do you get...ignored! ...I am going to bed....I dont have to stay up to be ignored....I can be ignored in my sleep....in fact, most people ignore me when i am sleeping....and that is fine with me...fine with me, i say...i dont need it...any of it. ...just forget i even mentioned it. ....forgedaboutit....I am going to

    LOL I didn't intentionally ignore you. I was in the process of replying and then my ADD kicked in sorry!


    Well, basically its when you wake up or falling asleep and all of a sudden you feel as if something heavy is on you. You cant move, breath or speak! It's quite intense.



    Thank you. Now was that so damn difficult! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Oh, sounds like a bitch, btw[/quote]

    It was very difficult! icon_biggrin.gif

    And Fastprof, I've tried calming myself during it as well, but i also think, what if it wont go away! haha weird stuff.
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    Jul 09, 2008 8:02 PM GMT
    Guys, we just had a thread on this:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/212637/
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    Jul 09, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidGuys, we just had a thread on this:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/212637/


    That's what I thought...