Have you ever suffered from sleep paralysis?
Sleep Paralysis can strike at any time. I was a terrible sleeper for years and took all sorts of medication to help me sleep. It’s effectiveness waned after time.
There were many attributable factors going on in my life leading up to that period.
When my sleep was bad for several days this triggered episodes of sleep paralysis. I remember vividly the first time it happened.
I was sleeping in bed alone and woke up in the middle of the night in my pitch black room. I was convinced there was someone in the room, I heard mumbled voices that didn’t make much sense, but sounded as though they were being replayed on the slow speed of a tape recorder.
The freaky thing is that I couldn’t move. I was aware of some vibrations somewhere…inside or around me.. but I couldn’t move. I tried to call out… but I couldn’t speak. My body was paralyzed.
Maybe I was having a stroke, or something worse that I couldn’t identify.
Minutes or seconds seemed longer. Time slowed down. But then it passed. I think I fell back asleep, but I’m not sure. It left me exhausted and drained.
I was worried about what had happened and it took a while before I had a diagnosis.
Sleep Paralysis is quite common
Apparently sleep paralysis is quite common, especially with those who suffer from insomnia or stress. A recent study showed nearly 30% of respondents had suffered it at least once in their lives.
Suffers of narcolepsy can experience it more frequently.
What I now believe is that there are usually life contributory factors at play. Whenever I experience sleep paralysis its normally as a consequence of something out of balance in my physical, emotional and mental health.
The infrequent times I struggle to sleep well are related to worry, jet lag , or staying up too late.
Sleep and Hypnosis
If you don’t sleep well or suffer from insomnia, what’s behind it? It’s a symptom of something.
Further reading about sleep paralysis
Documentary examines some of the symptoms of Sleep Paralysis