Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Sleep Paralysis

A few nights ago, (actually Sunday night) after going to bed, and on my way to LA-LA land, I realised that I could not move my body to change position in my bed.
Sometimes I sleep on either of my two sides or on my back, but never on my stomach.
I was very much awake, however, I could not matter how much I tried to shift my position, I was burdened by some weight that seemed to be pressing down on my body.
I tried to move my hands to touch my face but to no avail.  Just this terrifying feeling of being held down, and as if "something" was in my room.
Now this phenomenon has happened to me about three or four times previously in my life, and it had always scared the hell out of me.
I remembered the first time I experienced it, I was in my bed with my bedroom door open and I could see the light on in the family room, and I could hear the tv on with "The Jeffersons," and I could hear my mum and brother talking and laughing quite clearly.
Yet, there I was being crushed by some unseen weight in my bed, and  I was shouting and screaming for them, but no sound was coming out of my mouth. I also had the sensation of my bed falling down down down into some bottomless cavern.
When I eventually got command of my limbs and my mouth again, I jumped up screaming at my mum, why the hell she didn't come when I shouted for her. She said she had heard nothing.
This whole scenario scared the daylights out of me, and having been raised in a Christian household, and been christened/baptised and confirmed and attending church on a regular basis, I wanted to find out what the bejingles was going on.
In checking around, (before internet days), I was made to understand that when we lay down to sleep and our brains and bodies and psyches are at rest, that our souls go wandering while we sleep.  Sometimes our souls are captured by devious entities, and they are unable to return to our bodies, and that's when we die in our sleep. WOW!
Needless to say, I was quite afraid after hearing that and always made an extra extra extra extra effort to say my prayers before falling off to sleep at night.
When I worked in the corporate world,  my job took me on travels far and wide. I realised that when I traveled with this one particular workmate, that she would leave her hotel room light on all night. I asked her one morning at breakfast why she did this, and she told me that every night "something" would come and visit her and sit on her back and "show her stuff."  WHAT!!!!
She was not a nice person to begin with, and after hearing that I kept her at a further distance than before.
Anyway, this time around, I had the internet at my disposal, and I decided to do some research, and here is what I came up with.
First of all, the sensation has a name.....Sleep Paralysis.  Happens to most of us.
When you are experiencing Sleep Paralysis, don't fight it, just go with the flow.
You should try wiggling your toe or  clenching your fist to try breaking the spell.
Also coughing and controlled breathing are helpful.
The best way they say to get out of it, is to scrunch up your face, apparently this method works all the time.
Guess which one I'll be using the next time this terrifying sensation has my body in its hold again.
Or if you have an extra US$19.00 knocking around, you may also order a Sleep Paralysis Kit.

Here is a link for you to read up more.


  1. Sounds scary - hopefully it should be of help to you next time just to be aware of what it is you're dealing with. I don't think I've ever had quite that experience; but I did once (years ago) wake up convinced I'd got a stroke because I could not move one of my arms. But I must "just" have managed to squeeze a nerve. It was scary tough, I actually had to use my other arm to lift the numb one and it felt like it belonged to someone else! For a moment I wondered how I'd manage to get out of bed or reach the phone (which was on my numb side)... But once I'd managed to shift the position of the arm, I got the blood circulation going again, tingling sensations started and it got slowly back to normal. (Well, it was my bad arm where I did/do have a bit of nerve problem. But that's the only time I lost all sensation in the whole arm like that...)

    1. Oh my, that must have been scary for you indeed.
      Glad that it did not turn out to be anything more serious.
      I always say I would hate to lose the use of any of my limbs, but especially my hands.

  2. I can have dreams like this...but not actually have it happen! Scary stuff!

    1. I'm not so sure it's a dream, I used to think that, but while you're experiencing it, you are aware of everything that is going on around you. Yes, very scary.

  3. I have had this experience a few times. Thank you for explaining it. Thanks also for visiting my blog and your nice comments.

    1. John, glad I could share that knowledge with you.
      I LOVE your blog, and I'm so glad that I found it via Ilona's blog.
      Hope you're feeling much better. I think I'm back to 98% of myself now. That was an awful flu.

  4. (I fell asleep after the last comment I made!. Now it's morning and I'm off to the tournament.). Very interesting post though Virginia because although I've never had sleep paralysis I shall bear that in mind. I dream a lot and have had some terrible ones recently - they come and go. I categorise them as dreams, night ponies, night mares and night stallions (the latter when I wake up in a terrified sweat.).

  5. So sorry to hear about your recent nightmares GB, I hope they go away soon.
    I find when I eat too late, is when I dream all manner of crazy stuff. Then sometimes, I actually dream of events that happen to me later in life....very freaky.
    Best of luck in the tournament...I'm cheering from here in Barbados for you!!


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