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all of a sudden I'm sleeping I'm back in my room to the present time and I'm watching myself it's like I;m laying down but I'm behind myself I feel and see this darkness/wave just wash over me and I started panting for breath it was trying to choke/take every breath out of me. I thought omg if I don't get this off me I'm going to die I managed with all my might to shake it off and woke up.
Originally posted by maria411
reply to post by Elton
what can cause sleep paralysis?
that sleep paralysis is a parasomnia resulting from inappropriate overlap of the REM stage of sleep and the waking stage of sleep.
There are three main types of these hallucinations that can be linked to pathologic neurophysiology. These include the belief that there is an intruder in the room, the incubus, and vestibular motor sensations.
Many people that experience sleep paralysis are struck with a deep sense of terror because they sense a menacing presence in the room while they are paralyzed which will hereafter be referred to as the intruder. Sensing a malignant presence in the room during an episode of sleep paralysis is believed to be the result of a hyper vigilant state that is created in the midbrain. More specifically it is believed that the emergency response is activated in the brain when individuals wake up paralyzed and feel extremely vulnerable to attack. This feeling of helplessness can intensify the effects of the threat response well above the level typically found in normal dreams; this could explain why the hallucinations experienced during sleep paralysis are so vivid.