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Feeling Paralyzed While Semi-Sleeping In Bed  
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7012 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?

UAL

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User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7003 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.

Phil
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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3503 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7001 times:

I had it happen once, it was pretty creepy.


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User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6998 times:

I know what you mean, and unable to speak too!

User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 4, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6981 times:

Your brain does paralyze your body during certain sleep phases.

Google it. Should make interesting reading.



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User currently offlineKalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6976 times:

It's called Sleep Paralysis.


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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4681 posts, RR: 47
Reply 6, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6965 times:

Yes! Scares the shit out of me - feels like I'm part of a ghostly dream and the spirits have possessed me. Then I go back to sleep with the light on.


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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7146 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6965 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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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6953 times:

I love that feeling. Especially when having a dream about alternate universes.

Mark


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6953 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.

Never has happened to me though.


User currently offlineKalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6953 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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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 11, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6939 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.

Here are some links for you:
http://www.sleepfoundation.org/hottopics/index.php?secid=14&id=132
http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic3131.htm



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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6916 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.

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 3):
I know what you mean, and unable to speak too!

Yes! I know what you mean as well. You can speak or yell for help. You panic and want to scream but nothing comes out of your mouth.

UAL


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20539 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6909 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
Does anyone experience this

I've had it for years, and it can be scary. I will simply wake up and not be able to move at all.

Quoting Redngold (Reply 11):
narcolepsy

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.



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User currently offlineTuffGong From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6898 times:

yea I have experienced it a lot in the past year, I quiet enjoy it as it gives me a very comfortable sleep after.


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User currently offlineMEABeirut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6847 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.

-Tim  Smile


User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6809 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!!

Regards

Claire


User currently offlineMalmoaviation From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 385 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6803 times:

Has happened several times to me. Not able to move my arms or legs, just laying there and forcing my arms to move...

User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 42
Reply 18, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6759 times:

It's happened to me a few times. I guess the first couple of times it was a bit scary.

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 3):
I know what you mean, and unable to speak too!

But if you do manage to get your vocal chords working, nothing else is working so your attempt at "saying something" comes out as a godawful groan.  biggrin 


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12104 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6744 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.

User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6744 times:

You are not alone! I've had this happen to me too, it's really quite surreal the first few times. It's an immense force and definitely scared the crap out of me! Sleep is a very odd thing isn't it!

Regards,
Justin  Smile


User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6739 times:

Quoting 777ER (Reply 19):
so I now have an electric blanket on all night to keep me warm

Just don't pee or throw up in your sleep...it could get ugly.



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6739 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
Does anyone experience this

Yes, usually on the weekend.

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
and what exactly is it called?

Drug trip?

 Wink

Patrick


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 42
Reply 23, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6724 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.


User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6721 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
Does anyone experience this and what exactly is it called?

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.  Wow!

I think it is called sleep-paralyisis.

JG



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25 DrDeke : Xanax' chemical name is Alprazolam, and it is a benzodiazepine. Seroquel's chemical name is Quetiapine; it is an atypical antipsychotic. -DrDeke
26 JAGflyer : I only remember one time where I was "asleep" but my eyes stayed open. Seroquel is an SSRI.
27 SlamClick : 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
28 Continental : Yes, this happened to me a month or so ago. These 2 kids were running around in my front yard around 1 am and I was worried they were going to go into
29 Redngold : No, Seroquel is an atypical antipsychotic as someone said before. It may be prescribed as an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication as an adjunct
30 Kay : Funny how everything has names and is classified as a disorder. I have experienced this a few times when I'm under stress. It probably happens to me o
31 MAH4546 : I have had Sleep Paralysis for as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid, I was convinced ghosts existed, and I had the crazy idea that when
32 Seb146 : 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
33 AirPacific747 : 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
34 AeroWesty : Find a sadist to bind you up and gag you before you go to bed one night. When you wake up in the middle of the night and suddenly realize he's gone a
35 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Interesting....
36 Go3Team : I've had that since my senior year in high school, although I didn't get diagnosed until I was 21. It pretty much sucked. My body relaxed more than i
37 Mdsh00 : No worries. They say everyone will experience it at least once in their lives. Redngold pretty much summed up why it happens, but basically your brain
38 Post contains images David L : It's only ever happened to me as I was waking up or, at least, trying to, usually from a bad dream (not that I get many of those). I'm always in that
39 Post contains links ManuCH : It happened to me several times. After you understand what's going on, the fun part is to try inducing sleep paralysis, or even better, lucid dreams.
40 Rolfen : I had it when I was a little child, a couple of times... one time was pretty bad I woke up face down in my parents bed, I wanted to roll over but coul
41 Post contains images Rolfen : Yeah, it happens. I once woke up in the middle of the night, in darkness, and though that I was looking at a huge spider. For some reason I did not f
42 Rolfen : So you got full rest in 2 hours? Quite practical!
43 Trekster : It happens to me sometimes, is a very weird experience. you cant feel your legs, u can see em, but cant move em.
44 Post contains images David L : No paralysis, then? Not moving is one thing, consciously trying to move and being completely unable to is quite another. Again, no paralysis. Just so
45 Post contains images Aero145 : Yeh! Have had it too... Last night, I was falling asleep, I kind of went asleep, everything was asleep except my eyes, and suddenly I heard a very lo
46 Go3Team : Yep, I had to figure out what I was going to do in my spare time. I had almost 22 hours to fill.
47 Post contains images Redngold : Fun... until you start falling asleep at any given place and time... until you become an insomniac because your body is so stressed from not sleeping
48 Post contains images Go3Team : Duct tape works wonders... unless completely seperated. It's a good thing I keep spares of everything - and that includes the machine itself. I'm too
49 AA777 : I get it once in a while. I've had it a few times in my life.... its a very creepy feeling. And its amazing because you try so hard to move and yet yo
50 Jyatlantic : This usually occurs to me during midday/afternoon naps, but never in the morning.
51 FlyboySMF2GFK : Happens to me when I take an afternoon nap with the TV on. The first few times was scary and confusing, but now I actually realize it's happening. Som
52 N1120A : And I thought I had some sort of problem. This happens to me occaissionally and episodes always seem to come in batches a few days in a week and then
53 Mandala499 : Isn't this the sort of things where people normally see/feel that aliens were abducting them? Semi-sleep paralysis + a little imagination? Mandala499
54 Post contains images David L : Now you mention it, yes I sometimes get that. I'm no expert but I don't think it's related to sleep apnea, where the problem is caused by an obstruct
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