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Unread 01-10-2013, 06:00 AM   #1
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Shocked Sleep paralysis

Not sure if this is a sleep disorder or not but it IS terrifying to say the least! mine is where I am awake yet niot awake ( sort of in a twilight state) And I see this really scary forest surround me, Around the corner ussually either a dark black cloud with red eyes tries to smother me( I end up gasping and my chest feels heavy) or it is some black demon shape with red slant like eyes and two pointy fangs that covers my mouth and sits on my chest, making my chest heavy and me unable to breathe. The real scary part is my eyes are wide open and i can't move.close my eyes or even scream! i told my sleep doctor about this very reluctantly, thinking he would say I was shcizoid or something. he told me I have a bad case of sleep paralysis becuz my brain is overactive and never shuts down.. Due to my ACC I guess. Anyone else have anything like this and what can i do about it? now i am afraid to sleep even with the light on.
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Holy crap!! I don't have this so I'm not much of a help but I'm commenting because for years I've been calling my brother a liar and then I see this! Since we were kids he'd tell me that he'd wake up during the night and couldn't move, couldn't scream for help, could only blink his eyes and cry. Even now I didn't believe him (first time was about 10 yrs ago) he would tell me his eyes would open and he's see a dark silhouette standing over the bed looking down at him. I always thought it was bull but now I'm a believer. I pray it never happens to me because I'd seriously die of a heart attack. Did the doctor say what causes this? Sounds like something out of this world to me. I'm not sure I believe in ghosts but aliens? Good luck I hope this doesn't happen to you ever again!
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I had sleep paralysis more as a kid, and only once that I can recall with any kind of looming figure. I can still get it occasionally, but it doesn't bother me much except for the nuisance it can be when I want to get up.

Recognizing it (and the phenomena below) for what it is has taken the fear out of it. I either just lie there and wait for the rest of me to wake up (like Uma wiggling her big toe in Kill Bill Vol 1 ) or fall back asleep for 15-20 minutes and wake up normally.

I also have lucid dreams and nested dreams (dreams within dreams, like in Inception). The nested ones can mess with you, but lucid dreams can be fun.

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Unread 07-29-2013, 08:37 PM   #4
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I had sleep paralysis more as a kid, and only once that I can recall with any kind of looming figure. I can still get it occasionally, but it doesn't bother me much except for the nuisance it can be when I want to get up.

Recognizing it (and the phenomena below) for what it is has taken the fear out of it. I either just lie there and wait for the rest of me to wake up (like Uma wiggling her big toe in Kill Bill Vol 1 ) or fall back asleep for 15-20 minutes and wake up normally.

I also have lucid dreams and nested dreams (dreams within dreams, like in Inception). The nested ones can mess with you, but lucid dreams can be fun.

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My brain is already starting to slow down in the processing department then you expect me to try to figure out the plot of Inception?!
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This sort of thing has happened to me from time to time and it's one of the signs of narcolepsy. Check out the symptoms to see if you have any of the other symptoms. You may have it and not realize it.... just a thought!
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My boyfriend and I get this too occasionally! I have recently been diagnosed with Lyme Disease, and I believe my boyfriend has it too.

His other symptoms include :

- negative thoughts and anxiety which leads to nightmares (and thrashing around during sleep when stressed)
- night terrors, sleep paralysis, out of body experience (due to Lyme?)
- gets “brain tired” easily when stressed or has to think a lot (due to Lyme?)
- poor short term memory, brain fog, fatigue (due to Lyme?)
- occasional ringing in ears
- Zeolite causes body to heat up at night during sleep (I get this too, same with taking Artemisia, due to Lyme coinfection?)
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