Have You Woken Up At Night And Were Unable To Move And Felt Paralyzed. It Means This

The average person sleeps for around eight hours a day. Over a lifetime this amounts to spending about one third of life asleep. It’s common knowledge that a good nights rest is vitally important for maintaining health and balance, both mentally and physically.

However, for some people a good night’s sleep is hard to come by, or it ends up being ruined, by a strange phenomenon that is called sleep paralysis.

It happens when your mind wakes up before your body ever gets a chance to. You can breathe normally, you can see and understand everything around you, but you can’t move a muscle no matter how hard you try. The feelings that run through your mind when sleep paralysis occurs are overwhelming and the whole experience can be summed up as terrifying. Many people report that right before waking they hear a loud bang or waves crashing in their head which suddenly jars them awake. Others report that they do in fact have difficulty breathing and that it feels as if someone were choking them. These moments can last from a few seconds to several minutes or longer and most commonly show up initially during one’s teenage years.

The sensation of waking up and not being able to move is thought to affect less than 8% of the general population. There are no serious risks attributed to sleep paralysis on its own, medically speaking, rather the mental and physical damage may occur in the long run. While there may be genetic factors that contribute to it, the main causes are thought to be a lack of sleep, schedule changes, and sleeping on ones back. Back in earlier times it used to be thought that demons or evil forces were behind the strange phenomenon and it’s easy to see why. Here are 8 terrifying facts about it:


1) No one knows for sure what causes it- Science and researchers have yet to find a definitive cause or explanation as to what may trigger it. It has been a mystery for thousands of years and to this day it remains one.

2) It feels like you’re dead- Many people equate the experience of waking up and being unable to move, while fully mentally awake, to feeling like they’re dead. Basically, it’s a type of out of body experience that you never want to experience.

3) It can happen when you’re trying to fall asleep- It doesn’t only occur when you wake up. It can occur at two points in the sleep cycle when your body transitions between going into, and coming out of, the REM (deep sleep) stage.

4) If you suffer from a lack of sleep it’s more likely to happen to you- Studies have indicated that individuals who suffer from chronic sleep issues, and who routinely don’t get enough sleep, are more likely to have an episode of sleep paralysis than their well-rested counterparts.

5) Your nightmare may continue- A lot of people have reported that they feel like they’re in a living nightmare even after they wake up because they open their eyes and see hallucinations. They are mentally alert and know they are awake, but their minds and eyes see things that aren’t there, and it’s all too freakishly real.

6) It can feel like a demon is sitting on your chest- A common description given of what it feels like is that there is something heavy and bothersome weighing on your chest. Yikes!

7) There is no way to wake your body up- You literally have to wait for your body to snap out if it. No cough or blink will wake you, contrary to some beliefs.

8) It can happen to anybody– You may have already experienced it at some point in your life, not everyone is aware that it happened, and practically everyone will go through it at least once over the course of their lifetime.

This article was originally published in SunGazing

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  1. ..yaa… this happens to me, though the frequency is less now…one more thing i want to add here,…in that particular phase, most of the time, i feel the warm touch like somebody touching you gentally for a while…but then being helpless, i just go on praying and taking the names of my gurus in my mind and wait till the time it slows down…!…and now i am not much afraid of it…, as it really doesn’t cause seriously to the body once it gets awaken…all we need to do is to be reluctant mentally and yet an observant to all the happening…!.. it surely lessen your fear then, whatever it may be as a sort of frequently experienced experience…

  2. Yes this has happened to me many times you ever had a out of body out of mind experience I get it backwards sometimes or out of mind out of body I think I had it the first time I have those experiences also

  3. Sleep paralysis is one of the classic symptoms of narcolepsy, which is excessive daytime sleepiness even after a full night’s sleep and drinking large amounts of coffee. Other symptoms include waking dreams, and cataplexy. A sleep study will reveal if narcolepsy is the cause.

  4. You can always regulate your respiratory system because it’s autonomic.
    When you realize you’re having an episode you simply start breathing rapidly almost hyperventilating. This has woken Me up each time.

  5. A year ago this happened to me, almost every time i tried to get some sleep, for over a month. I think it had something to do with me quitting smoking weed after a weird bad trip involving all kinds of drugs. It was horrifying the first times it happened, because i was resisting instead of accepting. It was a scary place till i saw it for what it was; a play of my imagination. You are always incharge of your dreams and toughts. When this occurs to me again, and i can happily say it didn’t for a long time, i close my eyes and focus on my breathing. When my breath is at ease i fall back in sleep modus and wake up in total controll of my body. Fear is a creation of the mind, it doesn’t have to exist. Enjoy your days and nights.

  6. I forgot to mention, that when I can not breathe during the event of sleep paralysis, I try to call for help, but my ability to talk, is also cut off. It is one of the most frightening events that happens to me quite frequently, and I wish that I knew how to prevent it. My husband has shared with me, that he is quite certain that I astral project quite frequently, and I often have dreams that I am with my son, when this happens, and he passed away in November 2014. When I visit him, I never have the sleep paralysis, but the dreams are quite clear and lucid.

  7. This has happened to me quite frequently, but worse than what this states. My body is paralyzed during the episode, plus I can not breathe. My ability to move, sit up, and wake up is associated with a lack of ability to even take a breath of air. My doctor has stated that it may be related to sleep apnea, but after a full discussion about it with her, she said that I do not have the signs, nor symptoms of sleep apnea. It has not happened in a while, but it has caused ma a terrible fear of going to sleep at night. It has even happened during a nap, several times. Can anyone else relate to this? I would truly like to know how I might prevent this from ever occuring again.