Welcome to ATS, it a real mind job being part of this community
Sounds like the episodes I've had over the years, Its called 'sleep paralysis' and its quite common to feel either held down with a weight on your
chest or physically restrained.
I even have the no sound issue either , I have tried calling out to my wife next to me but no success rousing her to come to my aid.
My Story is as follows ( don't flame me but all I can do is tell the truth as it happened to me )
I woke up on one occasion , totally paralysed , Couldn't move or speak , but noticed behind me , ( picture me lying on my left side in the foetal
position with my back to the edge of the bed), some movement.
I saw a little grey hunched over figure , no bigger than 3 foot high disappear behind my back, I tried to call out but no joy, I woke up a while later
shaking and confused.
A year later , it happens again, Lying on my left side , back to the edge of the bed, when I come to and then realise I'm paralysyed again, again not
being able to speak or call out, I see the 'gnome' ( as I called it) go behind me but as I watched it I then saw a large man sized 'shadow' at
the foot of my bed. I realised what was happening and say with every once of mental power I had ( get this ) " I am not afraid of you, I COMMAND
THEE to leave my presence ( command thee
I then 'erected' a green shield around the bed to protect me (not only me but the wife as well?) I remember the 'gnome' banging on the shield as
if trying to break it down , I remember there were a greenywhite flash everytime he hit the shield.
As soon as the 4th flash disappeared so did the 'entities' , and then a few minutes later I fully came awake.
I noted down the date and what happened as best I could
THere are many people describing the same sort of things, sinister figures, depressive feelings, but there are those that say the body is paralysed to
stop you hurting yourself when your asleep and that your just experiencing either anxiety attacks, a sleep disorder or even some say ' supernatural'
or alien vistations.
Unless you have them regularly and film your self during one of the 'episodes' no one will ever know for sure.
Don't think about it too much , but my advice to you is to learn how to 'lucid' dream , there are many ways of doing it, find one that works for
you, that way if and when it happens again your ready to 'take command'.
Take notes everytime it happens, , I am currently looking forward, hoping for another episode to see how it pans out.
All the best
[edit on 23/1/09 by DataWraith]