I have had this thing happen while I'm sleeping, but I feel like I'm almost awake & can hear what other people are saying, but I feel paralyzed and start to panic. Sometimes I even feel like my heart is racing so fast that I have to wake myself up or I'll die. I have panic disorder, and take Xanax for it. I've asked my doctor but he acts like he's puzzled or maybe he just thinks I'm paranoid! Anyway, it usually happens when I'm napping, and laying on my back. I'm just curious about what it could be.
I'm not sure if it is common but I have had similar experiences. I also suffer from anxiety and take Cipralex. I believe you are experiencing sleep paralysis. It can be very scary. Now that I think of it I may have had my worst experiences while I was taking Xanax. Don't worry you aren't paranoid. I have not had a sleep paralysis episode for quite some time but like I said I no longer take Xanax and I have also been on Oxy for about 4 years now. I do find it causes insomnia though and have to make sure I take my SR at least 3 hours before bed and I try to avoid the IR for at least two hours, depends on my pain level. Some nights I have to choose to stay awake all night due to pain or the meds. I would suggest trying to avoid taking it as long as you can manage before going to sleep. Good luck!
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