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Have you ever felt like you were awake but unable to move? You might have even felt afraid but could not call for help? This condition is called sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis may leave you feeling frightened, especially if you also see or hear things that aren't really there.
The paralysis may be accompanied by terrifying hallucinations (hypnopompic or hypnagogic) and an acute sense of danger. Sleep paralysis is particularly frightening to the individual because of the vividness of such hallucinations
Some may hear strange noises, like footsteps or voices. Others feel an existence of someone being in the room. They also feel a sense of suffocation, as if someone is sitting heavily on their chest.
The symptoms of this disorder are usually the same in all sufferers. Episodes of sleep paralysis can last from a few seconds to several minutes. Symptoms include;
The Inability to move
Feeling of being choked or suffocated
Seeing figures and shadows in the dark
Feelings of levitation