Mar 25, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
Medjai saidYou should try having vocal paralysis. We'd all be eternally grateful.
Rhi_Bran saidOh, yes. I have had sleep paralysis many times. It was terrifying the first time, but now I find it fascinating since I'm able to figure out what's going on before it all clears up.
Generally, I don't get it during full sleep, I get it when I'm very tired in the middle of the day and decide to take a nap. I almost always get it when I end up falling asleep in the car.
It's not a disease. It's simply you becoming fully or mostly conscious before your brain properly terminates an REM sleep cycle. You see, when you go sleep, your brain paralyzes your body to a degree to prevent you from flopping about too much during your dreams (this is called muscle atonia). If for some reason your brain lags and doesn't end this state before you wake up, you suffer sleep paralysis. That's as simple as I can state it.
I've never seen an evil witch humping me (lol?), but for me it's sometimes accompanied by an overwhelming rushing / buzzing feeling in my head accompanied by a loud percussive noise. It's actually called "exploding head syndrome" (a bit too dramatic of a name), here's a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploding_head_syndrome
Hitm4up saidI've had this a few times. Was honestly a terrifying thing before I knew what it was. With mine, all I heard was some kind of demon-like scream. I felt there was a downward pressure in the room and it felt like I was being watched. Seriously thought I was about to be dragged to hell or something. Thank god for webMD lol