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Temporarily Sleep Paralysis


What usually happens to me is that i will take a nap wake up and find that i can't move a thing. i'm not dreaming my eyes are open its just the rest of me wont move. for me to snap out of this i usually have to initiate movement from my toes and work my way up. I try to wiggle my toes on my right foot (whether they are moving or not im not sure but in my mind they are)and about 5mins or so later i will be able to get up and carry on with the day a usual.

The first time this happened to me i panicked nothing is as scary to wake and find that your paralysed or be it temporarily.

this happens at least once a week.

does anyone suffer from this?


definitely AIDS.


Sort of. I have it in my some of my dreams, only in those dreams I don't know I'm dreaming. It's usually right before something really sadistic and fucked up happens, and I just shock awake and find that I can't move for a few minutes.

Shit, guess I have AIDS too...


Aids AND Hemorrhoids


Hey man,

I used to get that all the time. I've met one other person who had it who actually went to see a sleep specialist about it. Its a normal thing that mostly has to do with being over tired. I had it worst in highschool and it completely stopedd by the time I was 22 or so.




I swear there was a thread on this a few months ago


Yeah it's the first hit that comes up when you use that search bar thing at the top of the page.


I've had this a couple times were my eyes open, but the auditory portion of my brain is still asleep, so for a second I hear the dream, but can't move, and am visually awake. I really thought I'd lost it when it first happened and started researching it online. Turns out it's normal. Just regular internet aids.


Maybe it has to do with the fact that OP is Albino. Just sayin'. Lol.


First step is check if a fat chick has you pinned down. I can think of a few times this turned out to be the case.


I had this once or twice when I was younger.It was just stress related.


My friend had this. Night terrors. In his case there was paralysis and a hallucinated shadowy figure standing at the foot of his bed. He spent a good portion of high school afraid to sleep. You'd always see him taking cat naps at school.


Sleep paralysis is nothing to worry about. I have had the hallucinations like the ones listed previously, and I recall once dreaming about sleep paralysis, coming to, and experiencing it (a dream w/n a dream type thing). It is quite a disconcerting experience, and even I will keep myself awake sometimes after an episode. Like a panic attack the best way to deal with them is just to relax and ignore. Fighting it just makes it worse.


Used to happen to me as a kid when I'd watch scary movies. Haven't done it in a while though.


Yep I had this a few weeks back, i could bearly open my eyes, like i had been drugged, and couldn't move. Was scarey as hell so i just dozed back off and woke up about 12hrs later. In total i slept about 23hrs that day straight through!

Im guessing it was my body's way of making me catchup with a ton of missed sleep, going to the casino and party continuosly for about 3weeks finally got to me.


From what I remember reading on the subject. Your brain has a chemical it releases when you sleep to block motor function while dreaming. Sometimes, it screws up and it can go both ways. People that move/walk in their sleep and sometimes where it can remain blocked when you wake up.

It really scared the crap out of me as a kid. I'd see demons and have floating sensations and stuff. But it was seldom enough it wasn't a serious issue. It really isn't a big deal unless it causes sleeping issues.