reply to post by RevelationGeneration
1. How old was you when it first happened / which area was you located?
It began in my late 20s-early 30s / i live in northeastern Texas
2. How long has it been going on/does it still happen?
It continued until i was about 49 years old, at which time i diagnosed with Sleep Apnea and prescribed a C-PAP machine which enables me to sleep
properly with more normal sleep patterns and this, of course, leaves me less exhausted all the time.
3. What you saw (if anything).
I never saw anything; was just aware that i was awake and could not move.
4. What happened?
I would awaken from sleep and would be unable to move. Most commonly it would happen if i took a nap. I took many, many naps because i was always
exhausted. Often the naps were not even my idea; i would just nod off due to exhaustion.
5. How long did it last?
The condition or the episodes? The episodes: anywhere from about a minute to several minutes. The condition: approximately 20 years.
6. Were you able to do anything to stop it?
As i stated above, sleeping with a C-PAP has helped tremendously. Prior to that, i would do everything i could NOT to sleep when i was alone because
the episodes can be very terrifying. If someone were home, i would tell them i needed to sleep and ask them to stay nearby. If i awoke in a state of
paralysis, i would do my best to scream. I was told that it would sound like i was lightly moaning. If they heard me making noise, they knew to
shake me, slap my hands, call my name loudly, or otherwise do something to awaken me.
If it happened when i was alone, i tried to practice deep breathing and put myself back to sleep as experience had shown me that if i could just get
back to sleep i would awaken normally a little later. After learning what the condition was and doing a little research on the subject, if i had an
episode i would try to concentrate on just moving my toes or fingers. Either method was generally successful in getting myself to awaken without the
7. Are you a religious person? (elaborate)
I'm a spiritual person; a Christian with a lot of traditional Native American beliefs. There is a strong difference in my book between being
'spiritual' and being 'religious;' i don't have much use for the extremely religious (no offense to anyone intended)
8. Were you contacted by something, if so what did it/they say?
No; not at all. I could, however, hear others in the house or room, tell them what they were doing or what they had said, etc. I was fully awake; i
just couldn't move or speak.
9. Did the experience feel positive / negative.
It feels downright creepy and uncomfortable. I suppose if i had to choose between the options in your question, i would have to say the experience
feels negative simply because you're temporarily not in control of your body.
10. Were you left with any after effects? (Feeling sick or different in yourself)
I often felt more exhausted than i did prior to the nap simply because it's a rather unnerving event.