…and told it was some evil spirit sucking the life out of you?
This happens to me all the time. It started when I was 16 and has periodically continued for years. I will be on the verge of falling asleep and all of the sudden my body becomes paralyzed, my breathing becomes depressed, my mind is fully alert but I am unable to move my body. I try and scream but nothing comes out. There is the sound of rushing air or breathing in my ear. I used to mentally fight and force my way out of this creepy state, because I was afraid if I didn’t I would die. I don’t fight it anymore. Now, I just relax into it and I have this weird sensation of being able to look around the room I am in and look at anyone who is in the room with me, but I know my eyes are closed. Freaky Huh?
Oh yeah, when this first started happening my mother told me I had a hag or an incubus riding me. That scared the crap out me and I didn’t sleep for two weeks. Now, I know there is a scientific explanation so it doesn’t scare me anymore.
Thank you all for sharing your experiences!