posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 08:59 PM
I've had sleep paralysis probably twice in my life. The first time was when I was 15, and was far more memorable than the second. I had been getting
over the flu, and was sleeping on my back (which is unusual for me). During the early morning hours, my eyes opened and I could not move any other
part of my body. I saw no shapes, felt no presence, and felt no pressure on my chest either. I can't say how long it lasted - long enough to register
a picture of the room I was in at the time. Then I fell back to sleep. For years I thought it was just a particularly vivid dream (as I had not heard
of SP before). However, I always remembered it because it seemed a little too vivid - everything in the room was in the correct spot. Then I
discovered SP and figured out that was what had happened.
The second time was when I was either 17 or 18. It was much briefer, only a second or two - so brief that I'm not even sure it happened. It was one
of those things when you fall asleep unintentionally (I was not on my back, but my side this time) and woke up not able to move for a sec. This was
still before I'd heard of SP, but since I had gone through it before, I didn't think much of it.
The thing is, even though I'd been exposed to all sorts of alien and paranormal literature, movies, etc. before this, I never interpreted it as a
possible abduction/haunting or anything. For a slight second after the first time, I thought about alien abduction, but I immediately ruled it out. No
missing time, no nightmares, no sightings, no marks - nothing.
I also wasn't particularly afraid...just kind of had a "Huh. That's odd..." moment, and fell back asleep. I don't particularly wish to experience
it again, mind you.
As for my sleep habits, it does take me far longer to get to sleep than the average person. I'm not an insomniac, but it does take anywhere from a
half-hour to a couple hours for me to get to sleep on average. Also, I have had several "false awakening" dreams, mostly as a child and in my teens.
I wouldn't say I have lucid dreams, really, but I can often detect that I am in a dream and stop it if I wish. Anyway, that's my experience.