I am incredibly fascinated by this highly subjective experience and I want to create a thread where people can discuss it without fear of being
ridiculed or debased. This is where we can embrace the dream-like nature of sleep paralysis; instead of dismissing its personal implications and
possible significance. If you are inclined to ignore and scoff at the subjectivity of sleep paralysis, then this is not a thread for you! If you are
inclined to belittle others for their personal experiences, then this is not a thread for you!
Think of this as a “sleep paralysis” group therapy. This is to compile the subjective data—aka, observations!
This is a thread where we can safely delve into the subjective details of our sleep paralysis experiences. I would also invite anybody to share a
story linking sleep paralysis to possible OOBEs (I have a few, of course.) Again, this thread is not to deny the science of sleep paralysis, but to
emphasize the subjectivity of it—something I think that is often neglected when discussing this phenomenon. I want to see how it resembles and
differs from person-to-person. Has it frightened, or helped you in any way? I have experienced both the terror, and the beauty of the experience—I
will be chiming in with my numerous experiences as well.
As a narcoleptic, I experience it more frequently than normal. Sleep paralysis is actually a common symptom of narcolepsy! But again, that is not to
say that it has no personal significance to me: it has shaped my outlook on life in many ways, it has inspired creative output etc…and these are the
stories I’m looking for, and hoping to share.
One definite thing I have noticed: frequency increases when I lie straight on my back for sleep. In fact, this is almost a guaranteed sleep paralysis
for me. This is why I sleep on my side each and every single night. The times that I do have sleep paralysis, it’s because I roll over onto my back
during sleep. What is it about this posture that instigates the paralysis?
I have heard that extra stimulation such as bright lights (sleeping in the daytime or with the TV on) increases frequency, but have not noticed this
What about stress? Does stress increase your frequency? I think I consistently have a relatively low stress level, so I’m not seeing stressors as an
influence to my sleep paralysis frequency.
What triggers yours?
Okay, one other thing I’ve noticed, and it hit me REALLY bad today (which kinda got me itching to start this thread.) I have noticed that when I
feel the paralysis creeping in, that my dream/ hallucination tries to convince me otherwise. As I try to fight off the paralysis and shake myself
awake, I can see myself throwing the blankets off, moving, sitting up, jumping out of bed etc. Today I thought I even got out of bed to go turn on my
pc, but soon realized I was still in bed paralyzed. It’s not like this is unusual by any means—it’s like when you “wake up” inside your
dream, only to realize that you’re still dreaming.
I am well-acquainted with the why and wherefore of sleep paralysis. The scientific explanation behind this phenomenon is not what I am looking for in
this thread. What I really want to know is—what quirky and unusual things happen to you with the sleep paralysis experience? Please tell me the
What did you see? What did you feel? What did you hear? And most importantly, how did it affect you emotionally? Did you see any relatives or
friends—or anybody else?
Okay, I will start by sharing one of my most memorable sleep paralysis experiences:
I live just down the block from a corner store. I used to
visit sometimes on my way home to get a drink or a snack. There was one clerk there who I always talked with about music. We are both musicians and
have the same taste in music.
One sleep paralysis, I hallucinated that I got out of bed, floated out through my window and down the block to the store. I went in and he just looked
at me and said, “No, you’re not supposed to be here. You’re asleep. Go back to bed.”
I just kind of looked at him queerly, thinking Huh?
It only took a few more moments until I realized that I was in fact paralyzed in bed--and
quickly got "pulled back" to my bed.
There are more stories to come, but I would like to hear yours as well!
edit on 2-3-2013 by NarcolepticBuddha because: (no reason given)