Author: Josh Hill
You wake up and open your eyes. You try to move and nothing happens, panic sets in. Frantically you struggle and fight till your body finally moves. You have just suffered sleep paralysis. For some people only one time is all they ever have to handle, but for many of us, this is a repeating problem.
Many regions and religions have there own interpretation of what is happening. The Old Hag, for instance, is believed to sit on the chest of the person, so that they can not move and makes it hard to breathe. This old hag experience has been depicted in newfoundland, and the first theory most people encounter.
Some reasons for sleep paralysis were brought up as early as 300 BC in Chinese culture. Sleep paralysis was even used as evidence against witches during the salem with trials.
The ‘mare’ of the word ‘nightmare’ is derived from the Norse word ‘mara’. This is a term for the female figure that supposedly sits on top of you as you sleep. Which can be found in the 1500-1800 year range.
Kanashibari, meaning ‘to tie with an iron rope’ , came from one of the Buddhist gods, while some people believe that voodoo magic is the cause.
In most instances, it is believed that something or someone is sitting on the chest, or tying you down.
In our culture, we believe that aliens are the cause, well some people do.
I will now relate to you one of my experiences.
One night I woke up abruptly in my bed, eyes glued to the ceiling. I started to hear my fan slow down, It came to a slow clicking, and stopped.
I looked around the room, and didn’t see anything. I felt very nervous, and a deep dread feeling set in. It was at that point, I realized I could not move. I tried my best to move though, I struggled and flailed in my head with no reactions.
I tried to yell as loud as I could to get my ex to wake me up or hit me or anything, but she couldn’t hear me. I fought for I don’t know how long to move, but eventually I started to move, and snapped out of it very suddenly.
For me this experience was extremely scary. Since it has happened to me so frequently and I know what it is, it is easier for me to deal with it in the moment now.
When your body goes to sleep, it floods your body with chemicals to help stop you from acting out your dreams. Your body stays in that state until you are ready to wake up. Before you wake up, the body stops producing the chemical so you can move again… So what happens?
Well, it goes like this, in your sleep cycle if your brain wakes up before your body during a rem cycle, say with something that startles you, the chemicals do not have time to stop acting. While your mind is free to think and look and feel, your body stays asleep. Since those chemicals are still running your mind keeps you in a dream state. So in essence you are half asleep and half awake.
When this happens you can usually get your eyes open and nothing else. Since the body can’t move it feels like pressure is on you. Hence why people think something is sitting on them.
Some people say they experience noises, or shadow people. In some cases, they even think its UFO abduction. When you realize that you know whats going on it will make it a little easier to get out of it, or to not panic so much.
The first thing you want to do, is stay calm. Just like in a dream, like I said half dreaming, you can have nightmares, or hear things that aren’t there, or see people sitting on the edge of your bed. So stay calm, its still partially a dream.
Second, don’t panic, just try to wiggle your fingers and toes. Trying to struggle yourself awake will take a lot out of you. Just keep it simple. Try to move your head, and try to talk, not yell, talk if there is someone next to you. This is why people panic, when you try to move, or to scream for help you can’t….it is one of the worst experiences I have gone through, to not be able to react in any way at all. So please, don’t panic.
If you see something too intense, just stay focused on getting your body to wake up. When you wake up, everything should go back to normal. This happens when my body snaps awake, everything goes normal again.
So, now you know what is going on in your body. If this keeps happening to you, realize that there is medicine that may work to take care of it, you would have to ask a doctor about that one. Also realize that just like in your dreams, you are in control.
I would also like to mention lucid dreaming. Lucid dreams are dreams that you have control over. Now sometimes when people first start lucid dreaming they can run into a sleep paralysis episode. So just realize that this can cause it too. If you want to lucid dream or are trying…be prepared.
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