This is a phenomenon I've had since a child. I've never brought it up to a doctor as I thought he'd look at me like I was crazy. But I know it's real! When it happens to me I hear a buzzing in my head and feel like if I can't wake up I will quit breathing and die and when I do wake up I continue to fall right back into it until I'm awake enough to actually get up, turn on lights, even get out of bed. It's has gotten worse with my fibro and meds, but when I was a child I can't relate it to anything. Please tell me people struggle with this and I'm not coo coo!!! My mind is active but body paralyzed, I try to scream out but have no voice. Why does this happen??? What makes it go away? I was scared to sleep for almost 6 months it was so bad. It's gotten better, no idea why, but I've never really talked about it or asked about it. You can't really die if you don't wake up can you? (Sorry if that sounds stupid but I have lived with it silently for so long that I've been really scared at times)
I have actually had this happen to me a few times. I think you get caught up in between dreaming and being awake so you are like only partially awake. I, too, have had to get up and go sit in the recliner for awhile until that panicky feeling goes away. It could be due to sleep apnea too and be your bodies way of telling you to panic and start breathing again. When the brain lacks oxygen it causes panic and you may still be only half awake but still dreaming. I think it would be good to speak to a sleep study doc.
Hi Cupcake, I have never dealt with chronic sleep paralysis like you're describing. I have documented my experience with it here on the site, as a side effect of Viibryd. It is indeed terrifying. In the horrible waking nightmares I've had, I am unable to cry out, or reach for my husband.
From what I have learned, one of the best ways to get through the experience is to try to slow your breathing and soothe yourself. In other words, try to relax, reassure yourself that it is just "one of those dreams," and it may be much easier to awaken. It really has helped me!
You don't mention a med to which this pattern could related in adulthood. Sleep disturbances such as these interrupt our normal sleep patterns and as such, can effect our health. I concur-talk to your Dr about this. Please let me know if I can be of further help.
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Hello Cupcake, my friend, This is something called night terrors. It happens when we become conscious before the old brain stem awakens our body. (The so called lizard brain.) It is common for many during times of stress, high fevers, nightmares.
I experienced this as a child and even at times during adulthood. Although it can be connected with Ambien or other sleep aids, it is very common for someone without medication as well.
Since this occurs during times of stress, the stress may not be obvious. When expressed through dreams we are dealing with the subconscious working upon bringing things forward which we are not aware. It will disappear once one identifies the triggers. Working with a therapist can be very beneficial. Denying or pushing it away simply has it appear again at some other time.
Taking medications to prevent it simply does not work. It increases intensity until you figure it out. As a child this would happen at times to me. Often the running without moving, yelling without voice, and for some reason teeth falling out were frequent. Not baby teeth, my mom would be pulling the adult teeth out. My life was not Leave It To Beaver good. It was more like some frightening horror movie at times. Expression came through the dreams about my terror. When we feel terror we run away or freeze... See how it works?
So sorry you have dealt with this. It can and does go away once you settle in your mind that things that have happened were not your fault and that you do have control of your life, thoughts and happiness. Yes it is scary and yes you can and will improve.
Yes, you will wake up. No, this is not going to cause your death. Lol. Just your brain working in the wrong order. A little thought about what you want changed will help. please be careful with medications for sleep. My doctors do not recommend sleep aids because of the addiction and side effects. I have never used them and I have sure had enough reason. Just be thoughtful and prudent. I know you will be fine. Karen
I had night terrors for a long time as an adult - it was finally diagnosed as REM Behavior Disorder and 1 mg of Klonopin has taken it away completely for over 20 years! I am an incest and rape survivor and had quite a time with PTSD. I was in therapy for 22 years with 16 psych hospitalizations. A mess! But now it is 90% resolved - fantastic!! Take care - ElizaJane
I've had this happen numerous times. I can hear and see the T.V and when I wake up I sometimes fall right back into it. People say they feel someone on their chest or see someone in their room but that never happened to me thank god its bad enough when it happens and if I seen someone in my room or something on my chest I would never want to sleep When it happens I try to bang my head against the wall to snap out of it or try to roll out of bed to no avail. It takes all my mental might to snap out of it. In fact one time I was smoking in my bed like a fool and I was really tired and it happened to me and I could see the cigarette burning my bed but I couldn't move and when I did snap out of it the cigarette was burning my sheet. It is a scary feeling, night terrors are different then sleep paralysis, alot of people get sleep paralysis I seen some shows when people talk about it happening. Don't worry you are not going crazy and its been happened to people for century's go on you tube and type it in they will have some shows with people who experience it.
Your not going to die. I have dealt with it myself. I know you can see everything that is going on around you, but you can't move. Try to concentrate, and move your head side to side. It seems like forever, but eventually you will be able to move your head. when this happens, try to stand up, if you don't, it will happen all over again. Your not crazy, it is that most people don't ever experience this.
Since it is near Halloween, I feel ready to bring up a point on sleep paralysis that has not been addressed here as of yet. Some people who suffer from sleep paralysis don't have a medical issue related to it... paranormal experts suggest that it can be related to a haunting! I am not kidding you! Supposedly, spirits (aka ghosts) can manipulate your body when you are sleeping, preventing you from moving. I know, I know, that sounds really creepy, but I figured I should put it out there for y'all, considering the season.
I have suffered from sleep paralysis too, and with me, it is always in conjunction with the feeling that someone is holding me down... I can feel a presence in the room. I have opened my mouth to scream, with nothing coming out, more times than I can count! When I finally CAN move, I have been known to flail my arms and knock clock radios, lamps, water bottles... you name it... off my bedside table. Once I hit my boyfriend in the face so hard it left a red splotch... not as pleasant a way to wake up as being given a kiss! This has happened to me when I've been awake, as well as asleep... it is more terrifying when I'm asleep and am TRYING to wake up!
Cupcake, I'm sure that in most cases sleep paralysis has a medical reason behind it... and not normally a serious one at that. I just figured that we should consider ALL explanations... not just the more "popular" ones. Besides, it's Halloween, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than by entertaining thoughts of the supernatural!
Happy Halloween to one and all, and God bless!
Ive had mine happen for the first time when i was 17. Last night was the most recent and the most scary. My eyes were open or i was in a lucid state. And it felt as if i was scared stiff unable to move. I took half a vicodin before i slept and it happened when it was kicking in.
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