posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 10:16 PM
I used to get sleep paralysis ALL the time. At least every other time I slept. So the only thing I can offer you, in an attempt to help you experience
it yourself, is to write down my experiences.
Anyway, whenever I experienced it... it involved a feeling of extreme urgency. I could see everything around me and I desperately wanted to wake up. I
would get all sweaty because my muscles were trying so incredibly hard just to move the sheets off of myself.
I mean, when I experience sleep paralysis... I don't see any ghosts or shadows, and I don't hallucinate. It's just normal.
If anything, I think I leave my body. I'm lying there, with my consciousness (since it's the only thing that's awake) trying very very hard to
accomplish the usual things I do to wake myself up.
I put all my mental energy into getting the sheets off of my body, maybe trying to swing my legs over to the side of the bed (but since I'm
paralyzed, all of this is futile.)
I feel that it's possible that my consciousness leaves my body during this time, because after my failed attempt at getting my body out of bed. I end
up 'walking' around the room turning on all the lights (except, of course, this isn't really happening because my body is still lying in bed). And
I always get frustrated, because none of the lights I'm trying to turn on actually turn on. Sillily enough.... occasionally my consciousness
ends up in my car trying to turn on the engine so I can go to Dunkin Donuts and get a coffee. But, obviously, since I'm not really sitting in my car
- nothing works.
Eventually I am woken up naturally, and I find myself covered in sweat and just relieved that I've finally accomplished what I've been trying to
accomplish all along.
Most of the time I had the experience, it would be during a nap rather than during a full nights sleep. Because in order to get sleep paralysis, you
have to feel a sense of urgency. Almost every time I got it it was during a nap I took in the day time before class. I'd have about 4 hours in
between classes and I'd be so mentally exhausted that I would need some sleep. I'd set up my alarm and then pass out. The difficulty was that my
consciousness would try to stay alert (so that I would hear the alarm). I would be asleep, but with every noise I would wake up, then fall asleep
again, and then wake up and so on... After the first half hour or so of this, my body would finally crash completely. And that's when I would start
to notice the paralysis. I'd dream that my alarm went off... and I would panic. Ya know, "Oh crap, I need to get up to make it class on time!"
My eyes would open, because I could see everything around me... and then begins the whole struggle that I documented in the first few paragraphs.
So I would recommend that (with an exhausted mind) you take a nap a few hours before some kind of important event. After all, that always
caused sleep paralysis for me.