Sleep paralysis is something that can happen to anyone. While it is normal and can occur for a number of reasons, it is still pretty damn terrifying.
For those who may not know, sleep paralysis is something those with narcolepsy often experience. It is essentially the temporary inability to move or speak when falling asleep or waking up. These episodes are quite frightening and can come with hallucinations as well. These hallucinations can be quite terrible and it’s pretty much you experiencing a dream or in most cases nightmare as reality because you are awake but unable to move.
Around half of the population have in the past or even do now experience sleep paralysis. For some, this is an everyday issue. Episodes are almost always accompanied by intense feelings of pressure on the chest and so forth. According to the NHS National Health Service, sleep paralysis can also be triggered by things like anxiety, depression, and chronic stress. While these spells usually pass within a few minutes those few minutes feel like years, it is not a harmful thing even though it can be frightening.
There is not much that we know about sleep paralysis in general and because of this treatments are not as broad as they should be. If you are experiencing sleep paralysis it would be a good idea to be sure you are getting the right amount of sleep and are comfortable in general. De-stressing and improving your eating habits might benefit you greatly. That being said, if you are dealing with a severe case please see a doctor.
“… sleep deprivation is an illegal torture method outlawed by the Geneva Convention and international courts, but most of us do it to ourselves.”
― Ryan Hurd, Dream Like a Boss: Sleep Better, Dream More, and Wake Up to What Matters Most
Sleep paralysis is not easily explained as far as how it feels so below I will include videos covering the stories of those who deal with this issue first hand. Have you ever experienced sleep paralysis? How intense or scary was your spell? I for one cannot recall ever having experienced it but the idea in itself makes me very nervous.