What is sleep paralysis and what does it feel like? While some have never heard of the term, others simply don’t understand it.
Im going to explain a bit about sleep paralysis, what it’s like and how to treat it.
Before we do that, I just want to point out the ‘meme’ I will be inserting below..
Was I made a meme? Yes. Yes I was.
Whilst part of me is humiliated, the other part is grateful for a photo that fits in with my post!
I mean I can take a joke and laugh at myself.
Its seems like fate so I couldn’t not use it at this point.
Okay and back to the sleep paralysis…
I have decided not to add a list of causes, because it can be as simple as sleeping on your back.
Personally, I feel it’s one of those shit luck situations.
What is sleep paralysis?
Sleep paralysis is when your mind is conscious, but your body isnt able to move, causing you to become ‘paralysed’.
Hence the name ‘sleep paralysis’.
It tends to happen when you are just rousing from a sleep.
When you are in that awkward transition between sleeping and waking.
What does sleep paralysis feel like?
The only way I can even attempt to accurately describe it is by asking you to try to remember yourself as a child.
As children we don’t have the knowledge and awareness that we do as adults.
As a child, anything’s possible.
We didn’t have that rational mind telling us that the bogeyman didn’t exist.
The idea of monsters under the bed was enough to truly terrify you.
Literally, stop you from being able to sleep.
Well sleep paralysis, is like that monster you feared so vehemently. It’s holding you down and making you completely powerless against it.
Your mind is awake you are fully capable of thoughts, feelings, emotions, everything, especially fear.
Because your body hasn’t awoken you can’t move, or speak, you can’t even wake yourself up.
You have to stay in that very spot.
I sometimes have a night terror whilst experiencing sleep paralysis. Which I have been told is a pretty common symptom of sleep paralysis.
Now this part is difficult to explain so please bare with me.
I can have a nightmare whilst my mind is in a state of consciousness.
It’s as if my nightmare is seeping through into my conscious mind making it believe things that aren’t real actually are.
The nightmare basically enters the room.
Say for example I fall asleep on the sofa.
My sleep paralysis nightmare will make me fully believe that there is something in that room with me. The room my body is asleep in.
That is a truly haunting experience. The nightmare plays out in my mind making me fully believe that it isn’t a nightmare.
When you are in this situation It’s not a nightmare to you. It really is in front of your very own eyes.
It’s real and it’s happening. Someone/something is there, they are going to hurt me and I can’t move a muscle.
I can’t use my body, I can’t open my eyes, I can’t even scream.
You are fully capable of wanting to do all of those things.
To call out for help yet when you try no sound comes out. It feels as though you are in a real life horror movie and you can’t even try to protect yourself.
Sounds fun right?
The good news is there are ways to lessen the chances of it happening again.
How do you treat sleep paralysis?
A lot of people have experienced sleep paralysis.
Whilst there isn’t actually a cure, there are methods to prevent sleep paralysis.
• Go to bed at the same time every night.
• Get enough sleep.
• Avoid caffeine, smoking and alcohol.
You know, the usual boring lifestyle.
Heck, it’s such a scary experience I don’t care how boring the ‘fix’ is, I’m down.
In all seriousness sleep paralysis is such a horrendous experience. If you are worried or are having frequent issues with it you really do need to see a medical professional.
If you have your own stories regarding sleep paralysis please do leave them below!