“In some cases, when hypnogogic hallucinations are present, people feel that someone is in the room with them, some experience the feeling that someone or something is sitting on their chest and they feel impending death and suffocation. That has been called the “Hag Phenomena” and has been happening to people over the centuries. These things cause people much anxiety and terror, but there is no physical harm.”
I have suffered from Sleep Paralysis since the age of twelve which is mainly caused by hyper-anxiety OR eating spicy meals just before going to sleep.
ashmarie – (below) YOU ARE RIGHT!
For years this condition made my heart pound like crazy and each time I had to “will” myself awake.
It has helped to learn what was actually happening yet it is still a lousy experience.
– easiest “cure” –
For me is watch what I eat before sleeping. Also, if it happens (rare as I grow older), I get up and drink a little milk or eat a slice of cheese to calm stomach acid activity then I sleep like a baby.
When I was younger I could see a shadowy figure just within my peripheral vision yet I could not even call for help. So I would wiggle my extremities to “shake lose”. I sometimes thought that Satan was creeping toward me and was scared ro death (as a kid).
– shake loose – (above)