Have you ever woke feeling almost dead? Know more about sleep paralysis
Have you ever felt that you are awake and simply cannot move? Did you feel something sitting on your chest and trying to pull you down into your bed? Were you trying to scream out for help, but neither could you utter a word nor make a movement? Well, all these must have happened when you had an attack of sleep paralysis, which is a kind of a sleep disorder, which actually feels like one of the most terrifying nightmares to the people who feel them. I am going to share with you some facts about paralysis, and yes even I have gone through them, so I can completely understand what it feels like.
1 You feel like you just woke up dead
You knew you were sleeping and all of a sudden your senses are awake, you mind is active, and hell, you cannot move. This mostly happens to everybody who has ever had an episode of sleep paralysis.
2 It happens when you are either falling asleep or waking up
When we try to sleep, our body must go into a sleeping pattern known as REM sleep, and it must come out of it. Now sleep paralysis can happen, whenever this transition is not made successfully. SO it can happen either when you were trying to sleep or at a time when you were just about to wake up.
3 You can hallucinate when in sleep paralysis
As you are not fully asleep when having a sleep paralysis, you are in a state that is between sleeping and waking, so you mind is alert and your eyes may be open. In such a situation you can hallucinate and feel that something strange and scary is present around you. The helplessness to move makes this situation even more frightening.
4 It is a natural occurrence and can happen to almost anyone
In fact every person will have at least one episode of sleep paralysis in their lifetime. But if you have them regularly, then you may be suffering from a serious sleeping disorder and should consult a doctor.
5 It may be related to being sleep deprived
If you have been having a disturbed sleeping pattern, you are more likely to be in this situation, as sleep paralysis and other sleeping disorders basically happen if you are not getting a good amount of quality sleep. SO, if you don’t want this nightmare showing up in your life, then sleep properly. But again, this is just a speculation, as the definitive cause for this occurrence has not yet been found.
6 AND, people have been trying to explain this for centuries
Some accounts of sleep paralysis can be found in the Persian Medical texts of the 10th Century. It was first observed clinically in 1664 by a Dutch Physician, who had diagnosed a 50 year old woman with this phenomenon and termed it as “Nightmare”. In those times it was said to be because of spiritual possession or demons. This belief continued till the 19th century, when it was named “sleep palsy” or “sleep paralysis” medically. In fact this painting by Swiss Painter Henry Fuseli is considered being inspired from supernatural dreaming experiences.
7 One GOOD NEWS: You cannot die of sleep paralysis
Although, the experience is totally spine chilling, and it occurs for about 20 seconds or more, but, as you are unable to move, there is no chance of a physical damage to the body. You may wake up gasping for air, because you feel a pressure on your chest (Like that goblin is sitting there), but breathing doesn’t stop. Only the voluntary movement of muscles stop, so don’t worry you will wake up just fine. Hell scared yes, but living and breathing, and without the presence of that terrifying goblin around you.