reply to post by QueenofSpades
My opinion, having experienced SP at different times in my life, is that it is purely psychological.
Let me explain my reasoning:
01. When I was younger I attended a Catholic school; even though an heretic I was deemed, Christian ethos was a large part of my world view...
Subsequently my early episodes of SP were of a religious nature, involving demons and beasts, etc.
02. As my heretical nature towards religion grew and I dove deeper into the UFO phenomenon and conspiracies surrounding them, instances of SP started
developing an alien nature, 'greys' and UFO's became the new 'demons'.
03. Continuing the path up to where I am today; a non-believer, per se, of both Christian spirituality and a growing disbelief in extra-terrestrials,
my episodes of SP changed again. Now, instead of demons or aliens it has become technology, robot type beings and critters, as well as people
(sometimes from my awake life) with seemingly ominous intent creeping into my SP experiences.
My conclusion has thus been that, like dreams, sleep paralysis is heavily (or, solely) dependent on an individuals world view and psychology, and also
influenced by external stimuli perceived at the time of a SP experience.
Sleep paralysis, as the name suggests, is a debilitating experience. The brain is just trying to make sense of what it is perceiving, and being locked
between sleep and wakefulness it presents the notion of fight or flight, lending to the emotion of distress most of us feel during an episode, which
is why the subconscious part of the brain creates these manifested scenarios based on fear.
(I apologize for backwards English, this has been a long week... brain... tired...
Lastly, a lil note about something. The 'Shadow Man' or shadows in general are also common, I must say, they are one thing that hasn't changed
throughout my life. Occurrences have gotten less and less. I kinda think 'shadows' are related to SP somewhat, but a thing quite unto themselves.