UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8117 times:
This happens to me rather often and sometimes it scares the hell out of me. Have any of you had your eyes open while you were drifting in and out of sleep and not been able to move? It's like your body is paralyzed but you are awake and your eyes are open. You try and move and you want to move, but you can't move any part of your body. You start to panic... then all of a sudden you are able to jump your body and move like you've been hit with electricity or something.
Does anyone experience this and what exactly is it called?
FlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2325 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8108 times:
Not experienced it much myself but I've read up on similar things, I belive its because your body is actually sleeping although you (or at least your head is) awake. If you try and force yourself to wake up or force yourself to move around your muscles will fairly quickly spring back to life.
I will admit it is freaky though, once I woke up but couldn't see through one eye for about ten minutes now that scared the s**t out of me.
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FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7529 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8070 times:
Yep I have had it numerous of times. At first I got a little bit scared when it happened. But now since it has happened before when it does happen most of the time I know what is going on and just wait there until I can wake up.
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DLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8058 times:
It's actually a completely normal phase of sleep, while you're dreaming your brain paralyzes your body so that you don't start moving around in your sleep and injuring yourself (Note: I believe sleepwalking doesn't occur during the dream phase of sleep, if it does then it is possibly due to a failure of the brain to shut down the body's muscular system). If you happen to wake up during this phase, your brain won't have enough time to restart the muscles so you'll feel paralyzed, but it is fairly easy once you're awake to give your body a jump start.
Kalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8058 times:
When I was younger, living in Hawaii, we were told stories about choking ghosts. Hawai`i is very superstitious. But I learned from psychology class, it's just Sleep Paralysis. I just learned to stay away from having too much carbs and stuff.
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Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8044 times:
Sleep paralysis is more likely if you are already having disturbed sleep (such as insomnia over a period of days,) if you are taking a sleep aid (prescription or non-prescription,) or if you have a preexisting sleep disorder (sleep apnea or narcolepsy.)
What happens is that your brain is still partially in R.E.M. (rapid eye movement) mode; during R.E.M., the brain shuts down voluntary muscle control preventing you from acting out your dreams. Sleep paralysis happens when this biochemical switch hasn't been flipped back prior to awakening.
A lot of people have panic attacks when this happens, or because the brain is still in R.E.M. mode, can have hallucinations varying from "something sitting on my chest" to "a demon is sucking out my breath" to "I heard a voice talking to me."
No question that it's frightening - I have these episodes, too, especially when I have sinus infections (taking decongestants) or when I haven't slept well for a few days. Sometimes it feels like I wake up and then my body goes limp - but that's probably the sensation of waking rather than moving.
What I usually do to cope (and it takes a while, sometimes ten minutes, for my brain to catch up) is to concentrate on my breathing, listen to what's really going on around me, and figure out what I can start moving (usually one of my ankles or hands.) Then I just move that back and forth until everything else catches up.
UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8021 times:
I've got Bi-Polar disorder, but it's controlled with medication. At night I have to take Xanax and Seroquel for sleep. So yeah, I'm taking sleep aids. Because of the Bi-Polar, I have a hard time getting "good" sleep or sleeping at all without some kind of medication, so maybe that's why I experience it so much. It happens at least once or twice a week for me.
Correct, people think of narcolepsy as just suddenly falling asleep inappropriately, but there's a lot more to it. The only cure for me for sleep paralysis are the medications I've taken for ADD (similar to narcolepsy meds).
UAL, I hope you're getting your bipolar meds from a psychiatrist. Ask him/her about it, and what he/she recommends. Send me a PM if you'd like an idea of what I've been prescribed and has worked.
MEABeirut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7952 times:
Can you also be quasi-dreaming when this happens? I was trying to sleep last night and I "sort-of" woke up. I know this because I was staring at the window and the darkness outside, but I wasn't moving, I was kind of paralyzed. For what ever reason I thought there were bees near me (don't ask!), and all the sudden I JOLTED out of bed. And I looked at the clock. Sort of weird, so I am wondering if you can be quasi-conscious and quasi-dreaming, because I was clearly looking outside and at the clock, but still sort of dreaming.
ABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7914 times:
I used to have it when I was younger, haven't had it happen for as long as I can remember. Pretty scary nontheless
I also take sleeping tabs to help me sleep, but these have'nt affected me so far
Quoting UAL747 (Reply 12): At night I have to take Xanax and Seroquel for sleep
Slightly off topic but do Xanax and Seroquel have another name ? They may be called something different here (Trade/Generic) I have often wondered what group of drugs they come under.........Apologies UAL747 for the little highjack!!
777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12836 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7849 times:
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I've woken up cold like that previously during the winter over the last few years, so I now have an electric blanket on all night to keep me warm. I now prefer winter nights compared to summer nights when in bed.
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9642 posts, RR: 41
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7829 times:
Quoting 777ER (Reply 19): I've woken up cold like that previously during the winter over the last few years, so I now have an electric blanket on all night to keep me warm. I now prefer winter nights compared to summer nights when in bed.
Perhaps we're talking about different things. When it's happened to me I've been perfectly warm.
I have never had it personally, but one of my teachers has had it. He said that becuase of the slipping in and out of consiousness thing, he could see a dark shape in the corner. It sounds pretty scary.
I think it is called sleep-paralyisis.
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: Xanax' chemical name is Alprazolam, and it is a benzodiazepine. Seroquel's chemical name is Quetiapine; it is an atypical antipsychotic. -DrDeke
: I only remember one time where I was "asleep" but my eyes stayed open. Seroquel is an SSRI.
: Another fun thing is sleep apnea. You simply stop breathing. I suppose it is rather like SIDS or 'crib death' but for adults. People afflicted with it
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: No, Seroquel is an atypical antipsychotic as someone said before. It may be prescribed as an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication as an adjunct
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: That happened to me sometimes, but ever since it was explained to me about 5 years ago, I have not had it happen! The way it was explained to me is: D
: Don't remember that I have ever experienced it. I would like to know what it is like. Also I've read that you're unable to sneeze while you're sleepin
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