I’ve been doing some research on sleep paralysis, but haven’t really found anyway to get rid of it. For about four years its been happening to me, once or twice a month.
The first time it happened I was 14, my mother said it was a bad dream but it wasn’t. I was sleeping and my alarm clock went off and it was so strange I could not move and I started to panic, I tried to open my eyes but they wouldn’t although I could move my eyeballs. I tried to yell but nothing was happening and when I tried to move my body I just couldn’t. In my mind I was screaming and trying to get my body to respond. It seemed to last forever but later on I realized it only lasted for a few minuets. Suddenly I felt as if a ton of pressure was moved from my body and I jerked up and got out of my bed as fast as I could.
Sometimes while laying in bed at night I get really paranoid, and start to panic. My mind plays tricks on me, like I will see the door knob in my room turning if I look at it. Or I will feel someone close to my face when I shut my eyes in the dark. I cant walk through my house at night without feeling like someone is behind me, so I panic and run to where I can get to some light or an object to protect myself with. Like if it was a person I’m pretty sure I could hit them with something in my house and run away, but I’m pretty sure the unknown will catch me no matter what I do. I just feel like I’m not alone, when I am. I’m scared to sleep with my bedroom and closet doors open, because I’m scared I will imagine someone or something coming into my room. I always feel like something is with me, and its never a good feeling, so it has to be something bad or evil. I’m not a person that has seen ghosts or angels or demons.
The dreams I have don’t help either. Five out of seven nights a week I have nightmares, some creepy and some that scare me to the point where I wake up screaming. I often find myself waking up screaming, shaking, crying or out of breath. My dreams are so vivid, I remember every detail from them. They seem so real. I have had friends that spend the night and wake me up because they said I was jerking around and crying in my sleep.
Now back to sleep paralysis, it scares me. I don’t like not having control over my body. I’m scared that something bad is going to happen to me. I’ve talked to one person that has experienced this once, she said it was due to the stress from her divorce… but I’m 18 so I really don’t have anything major to be stressed about. Like everyone has their problems but I really don’t think that stress is it. But she is a nurse and said all I need to do is to clear my head. But how can I clear my head of being terrified at night or in the dark?
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