reply to post by RevelationGeneration
1. I don't know how old I was when this started, I am in rural Michigan
2. It's been going on for as long as I can remember and still happening
3. I have never seen anything in particular, mostly occurs while being awoken during a dream -> hence I see things from the dream.
4. Usually I am still in the dream, but awaken subconsciously and cannot move.
5. It seem like minutes, but I am quite sure it is seconds.
6. Yes, I can stop it once it starts - but cannot prevent it.
7. Not particularly religious.
8. No contact.
9. It really depends on the dream & how I stop it - will explain below.
10. Yes - exhausted.
I have been experiencing this for as long as I can remember. I didn't know what it was for the longest time nor did I think much of it. I always
explained it as the 'Twilight Zone' - the time between sleep and awake. In fact I always figured everyone must be experiencing this and it was
normal. The only time I ever realized that it was called Sleep Paralysis was when a girlfriend of mine would notice that I would quit breathing in my
sleep, and if I was woken by being startled I was very violent (would wake up swinging). She told me that these were signs of SP. I have never looked
into it so I don't even know if these are signs of it, I was just going on what she told me.
The one thing that I did know is that sometimes I would subconsciously wake up and not be able to move, yet it was as if I was dreaming. Over time I
figured out some ways to end this quite effectively, and each way depended on the way the SP was occurring. Please note that in all the scenarios I
could not move when I would awaken.
1. I would awake during a good dream. I will relax and focus on the dream and try to get back to the point in the dream I was at before I woke. In
this scenario I can influence the dream a little to any direction that I would like by imagining a scenario as I fall back to sleep. At this point I
will fall back asleep, but can have multiple occurrences during the same night, each time being able to influence the dream. Please note that after
the first awakening, this is a light sleep.
2. I would awake during a bad dream/nightmare. I will immediately focus on one part of my body and force my self to move that appendage. Whether it is
my hand, leg or foot, I focus on this body part and force myself to move it. This will completely awaken me and the bad dream will soon pass from
memory. Once it passes, I will usually fall back to sleep with no more occurrences.
3. I awaken and can remember no dream. At this point I can either relax and fall back into a deep sleep, or can awaken myself completely by moving a
In each of these scenarios I state that I will "awake", but this is not a full awake. I do not know how to describe the feeling. It is as if my
mind is awake and my body is still sleeping. In all of the scenarios, I am always exhausted once I fully wake.