Something strange when sleeping.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Mike M., Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    This has been happening for a while now and don't quite know what to make of it. After being asleep for a few hours or so I'll wake up (and will know I'm awake), will be fully aware of my surroundings and I can't move. No matter how hard I try I can't move my limbs at all and I can't even speak. It feels like I'm in some sort of grip, like my body is encased in stone and I have to struggle with eveything I have to free myself from this grip. Seems like it takes about a good 30 seconds of struggling to free myself. I can breathe fine....just can't move.

    It's not like it happens all the time. It happens maybe once every month and a half or so and it happened again last night.

    Not saying it's this, that or the other thing. I don't know what this is but at times it's rather frightening.

    Ever hear of this or has this happened to any of you?
  2. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
  3. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    Happens to me and it's terrifying. Scares the crap out of the neighbors because mine usually occurs in conjunction with a nightmare and I come out of it screaming.

    Scares the crap out of Mrs Thick too come to think of it
  4. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    Thanks for the article, Mike. At least I now know what this is....and yes, it is scary. I have a lot of problems with sleeping anyway that are very sporatic and erratic. Some night's I can't fall asleep or I wake up a lot. But even the night when I do "sleep" I never wake up feeling revived.

    At least I'm not alone with this one. Thanks guys.
  5. Hi.

    Yep, sleep paralysis.

    IIRC there was a lenghty thread about it on TB about a year ago.

  6. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    It always happens to me when i try to go to sleep again within an hour or two of waking up. Cant move can open my eyes and sometimes cant breathe. What usually helps is trying to take the deepest breath i possibly im trying to take a deep breath as hard as i can. It takes a few try, and the feeling of panic definitely starts to swell in....but eventually i manage to break out of it.

    Someimes the hardest part is getting out of bed so it doesnt keep happening! Im usually super groggy/sleepy after making it through an episode like that.
  7. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    It's not lupus.
  8. eyeballkid


    Jul 19, 2009
    wes virginny
    Dr. House has spoken.
  9. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Yeah, sleep paralysis. I've had that a few times. Scary. Not harmful though.
  10. paste


    Oct 3, 2011
    Yep definetely sleep paralysis as a couple have mentioned already. It's not very scary after the first time since you know what to expect but the first time I had this I thought I was going to die lol. As a matter of fact I enjoy the feeling of sleep paralysis so much that I try to induce it by sleeping at random times and messing up my internal clock. Also very occasionally (only happened twice ever to me) I hallucinated while sleep paralysis and this is probubly the best trip you'll ever have without taking any drugs! First time there was three cicrcles orbiting each other like the one on jimmy nuetron's except it was flashing all crazy colors and I could feel it pulsating (thought I was having a heart attack here). Secong time there was a super bright light and I kept trying to squint but the light was too bright, almost to the point where I thought I had no eyelid's since the light was just passing thru and ambiguous black "shapes" were just floating which I could barely make out. Anywho i'm pretty sure sleep paralysis can occur both when your trying to sleep and when your just waking up. Have fun with it and don't be scared!
  11. paste


    Oct 3, 2011
    Anyone else have sleep paralysis hallucination stories?
  12. seventhson

    seventhson Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    I get sleep paralysis but no outright hallucinations.
  13. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
    First time it happened to me, there was a smoky-being floating above me and scared the **** out of me. I thought that was it, I was being kidnapped by some demon from another dimension.

    One time I sat down with a white robot after I came out of it.

    If it happens now, I just think "oh this again? It should be over soon." and go back to sleep.
  14. That must be really freaky!

    I suffer from the opposite condition, the not so well documented "I spend the night fighting an invisible bear" disease!
  15. your medical jargon means little to me.
  16. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    I don't have that, but sometimes I wake up with the feeling of impact, but no falling sensation. It feels like an electrical jolt or getting hit in the head with a baseball!
  17. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    My wife gets it frequently, so much so that after a while she's learned to actually enjoy it as she understood it more. Hallucination stories...well, so far she's seen Gandalf from LOTR walk into our room and sit on the bed, our bedroom light sparkle and "ring" like chimes, a glowing owl fly around the room and a soldier dressed in a colonial era uniform lean over and stare at her, (all on different occasions, that is)
    She's also had some really scary stuff happen too early on but as I said, the more she understood it the less and less scary it became.
  18. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    That's usually part of the falling asleep process. Most people will experience a little muscle jerk when they doze off. It's perfectly normal, however once it a while some folks may experience enough of a jerk that it will actually shake them awake. That happens to me on occasion.
  19. Sleep happens to me in spurts. Hasn't happened in a while, I'm happy to say.

    It's very frightening for me, as it restricts my breathing, as well
  20. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    .....Once again, thank you TB for another line that I'll put in a song I'm currently writing.