Have you ever experienced the feeling of being conscious but unable to move? This phenomenon is what you called a sleep paralysis and it can be as terrifying as ever. Sleep paralysis can happen to anyone, either when you’re waking up or falling asleep.
1. It makes you feel complicated
Most patients that have gone through sleep paralysis described it as a waking up dead. The patients usually know that their mind is awake but their bodies are not. It is kind of like the feeling of being trapped in the moment.
2. Hallucinations may be involved
The hallucinations occur between sleeping and waking up when your mind is alert. However, it is rare for true visual and auditory hallucinations to actually happen.
3. It’s impossible to just wake yourself up
Sleep paralysis can last for a few seconds or even minutes. Hence, some patients would try to wiggle their toes, fingers to help them wake up the rest of their body. But the truth is, it will not help because all you can do is just to wait it out.
4. It can happen to anyone
Everyone will experience sleep paralysis at least once in your lifetime. However, this phenomenon mostly occurs within young adults and people with a history of mental illness.
5. It feels like it is killing you
People who have experienced sleep paralysis will tell you that it is super terrifying, close to a paranormal moment. It does not just feel like a normal sleeping disorder.
Let us know in the comments below if this spooky experience has happened to you before!
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