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originally posted by: ChaoticOrder
a reply to: Perfectenemy
It's called sleep paralysis. I had it once several years ago and I experienced essentially the same thing as you, a very intense fear and feeling like something was pinning me down. The moment I let go of that fear the paralysis broke like it did for you. I wouldn't conclude it's something paranormal, it's a well known state of consciousness which occurs just before sleep or when waking up because your brain stops sending motor functions to your body when you're asleep but sometimes when transitions between states of consciousness your brain will fail to synchronize your motor controls with your mind. It is interesting though how ignoring the fear quickly restores motor functions.