Have you ever had "sleep paralysis"?

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Where you absolutely know you’re awake but you cannot move? I’ve had this very often over the years but I don’t know if you’re asleep and dreaming that you’re awake or what is going on. Hubby had this once a few months back and says he never had it before. It’s a very uncomfortable and disconcerting feeling. BTW, it almost always happens when I’m very infrequently napping or sleeping somewhere that I’m not accustomed to.

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da shadow

Yeah, it’s a weird sensation. You suddenly wake up and can’t move no matter how hard you try. Eyes are usually closed. It may be that something interrupted the dream state while in a really deep state and control exchange from unconscious to conscious goes in slow mode. with your mind in a wake state but the body hasn’t caught up yet. Funny thin is if you have that falling dream you instantly fully wake up.

Suzie s

I have heard of it but never experienced it, sorry for anyone who has.


I have a family member that has it. It is a scary thing to have happen but not dangerous.
Here is what happens.
What happens with hypnopompic sleep paralysis?
During sleep, your body alternates between REM (rapid eye movement) and NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep. One cycle of REM and NREM sleep lasts about 90 minutes. NREM sleep occurs first and takes up to 75% of your overall sleep time. During NREM sleep, your body relaxes and restores itself. At the end of NREM, your sleep shifts to REM. Your eyes move quickly and dreams occur, but the rest of your body remains very relaxed. Your muscles are “turned off” during REM sleep. If you become aware before the REM cycle has finished, you may notice that you cannot move or speak.


I had it a few times but not lately. I just prayed and it went away.

Dave M

Yes – it is disconcerting but with you mind while this is happening try slipping out of your body and traveling some where – now thats a real pip.

Autumn Leaves

Had it once and it was terrifying

the ducks guts

Yes it used to happen to me often. You need to train yourself not to sleep on your back.


yes, I have had it several times. at times I am trying to scream myself awake to no avail. A few times I have ‘seen’ a being at the foot of my bed or wherever I am sleeping; it is laughing at me. (No, it is not sitting on my chest or stopping me from breathing.)


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