posted on Nov, 6 2008 @ 09:56 PM
It's called sleep paralysis and hypnagogic hallucinations. Used to happen to me all the time, almost nightly. Very frightening stuff. My problems
with it resulted from serious sleep deprivation and a messed up sleep schedule. You see, when your brain goes into REM, it puts out a chemical that
paralyzes your entire body so as to keep you from acting out your dreams. I was so sleep deprived, my brain would release that chemical, entering
REM, before I was entirely asleep. I was in a hypnagogic state, between waking and sleep. It seemed like being awake because it was always in my
bedroom, but I have wild visual and auditory hallucinations, like seeing my mother coming through the door, seeing my best friend lying next to me,
hearing voices. I once even felt myself being grabbed and lifted violently upward. Extremely frightening stuff. However, once I rectified my
sleeping habits, I stopped experiencing it. It's been months now. Good luck!