Sleep Paralysis

by NewChapter 24 Replies latest jw friends

  • NewChapter

    Some guys need to visit a doctor. Honestly!

    LOL! This is so weird. I have experienced this for so long--since I was a kid---that it just felt 'normal'. I never thought I had nightmares. When people would talk about nightmares, I would say I had only had 2 that I could remember. So I always knew I wasn't actually dreaming. But as I said, it was just a normal thing to me. It NEVER even occurred to me to mention it to a doctor! Now that we are pulling it out into the light, I am puzzled at my lack of reaction to it all. Not at the time, when it is happening I do react, but afterwards. It's just like--'oh well, that was last night'. Weird.

    Maybe I'll give it a mention, but don't really feel the need for intervention. I've just always been this way and didn't find it overly disruptive. Maybe that's why I write fiction. LOL

  • sabastious

    My little brother tells me the stories of his hallucinations while paralyzed. He said that he remembers it happening in school when he would lay his head on the table. He says that he can always tell it's coming because he hears liquid like popping and a thunderous static-like pulse over and over until he is suddenly in a lucid nightmare without even knowing it. He said he had an experience a couple of days ago. He suddenly found himself standing up in his kitchen looking at his front door. He said he didn't know he was dreaming, but just moments before he was waiting for the hallucinations to start because he was paralyzed in his bed hearing the popping. So, there was his door that led outside his house in front of him instantly. He said that he felt that something was going to come through and kill him. He said that it was this feeling of certain impending doom and the door burst open letting in what he called a very scary looking "ghost goblin" that was about the size of a mid-sized dog floating towards him. He said that he couldn't move and that the ghost thing started flying around him at an incredible speed. Then he broke out of it and he was back in his bed.

    He says that taking a pain pill like vicodin or norco will onset it, but not immediately just when he goes to bed that night. Right now he's got a muscle condition that I think he got from doing Tile for an overlord named Bill. He either has to choose pain or that, it's a rock and hard place to say the least. It seriously freaks me out, my brother has a hell of a mind it would seem. What a scene to concoct!


  • mostlydead

    Berengaria, not sure if it's the same as night terrors. One of my daughters had night terrors as a young child, but she would have no recollection of them at all the next day—not even of having had a bad dream. This sleep paralysis seems to be something people recall quite vividly, sometimes for years after.

  • NewChapter

    It's not the same as night terrors.

  • notjustyet

    Richard Dawkins talks about this in his latest book (Or IPAD APP) titled "The Magic of Reality"

    If you have a Ipad, get the app as it is worth it.


  • NewChapter

    sometimes for years after.

    Oh, forever and clearly. They don't have that dreamlike quality where they begin to fade. There is no question that it is happening when it is happening. And it's more than sight and sound---it's even touch and smell. One night I saw flames on my wall and they were lighting up the hall. I smelled burning. When I could finally move, (don't know how long this took---it seemed to last forever) I ran to grabbed my daughter---but everything was just NORMAL and very cool. I walked through our home dozens of times just to be sure---sniffing every corner, looking for smoldering. I've never had that happen after a dream has been confirmed.


  • Berengaria

    My son had night terrors. One of the scariest things I've ever experienced. But he was too young to tell me about it later.

    My husband occasionally has what I have called night terrors based on my earlier experience with my son. He remembers what he has been dreaming of, but he is unable to "wake" himself. He has made it clear that when he is having one of these I am to do whatever it takes to fully wake him. At first I was gentle and just shook him a bit. Now I slap him around until he comes out of it with a sort of gulp of air.

    I have to remember, that it's only when he is actually having one of these dreams that I can slap him around

  • NewChapter

    See when it happens to me, I cannot call out or thrash, because I am completely paralyzed. An observer would never know.

  • Berengaria

    My hubby usually says "help me", but like.................a ventriloquist? As though his mind is there but his body will not behave, as though his lips are frozen.

    My son was just a toddler, he was completely gone in some horrible place. But he was screaming and crying and hiding his head.

    It doesn't sound the same. I'm just your run o the mill insomniac.

  • Leolaia

    I haven't ever had night terrors or stuff like that but one time in college my lower half of my body was paralyzed when I woke up. I didn't realize it until I tried to get out of bed and fell flat to the floor. Then I just snapped out of it and got up.

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