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Sleep paralysis [Jul. 21st, 2007|04:47 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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I just woke up from sleep paralysis. Once my brain woke up fully and I realized what was going on, I stopped panicking so much and freeing my body wasn't so hard. When I made my final effort and sat up bolt upright it felt so good. I have no idea how long I struggled. Of course, to me it felt like forever. Could have been 10-15 minutes.

The last time I had sleep paralysis it was more than a decade ago. Back then it was a lot more intense (and I was a lot more scared) and thought it was some kind of religious experience :)
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From: quietthomas
2007-07-22 12:06 am (UTC)
I've had sleep paralysis before. Not for as long at once as you it seems. But I hear the best thing to do is try to start blinking, then moving an eye, then finger tips and other things. - just a tip.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-07-22 12:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, I just saw that on wikipedia. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-07-22 12:15 am (UTC)
Also, just curious - how did you get here?
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From: quietthomas
2007-07-22 12:19 am (UTC)
Well, I was born in a certain country, and that country had a certain amount of wealth, and that wealth supported a certain kind of infrastructure, and that infrastructure included both welfare, and the internet. Hence, I am floating about cyberspace, typing into my computer.

....oh, and it's all powered by electricity. Which is a substance, much like your magic, that comes out of walls.

"As wealth concentrates, poverty spreads."
-Michael Parenti

P.S I've been reading this; http://community.livejournal.com/philosophy/friends
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-07-22 04:23 am (UTC)
Ah, philosophers. I can never figure out if they're deep or just talking out of their asses :)
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-07-22 04:17 am (UTC)
Been there, done that. I don't remember how I managed it, but I fell asleep in a position that cut the circulation to my leg. Woke up, tried to take a step, fell, panicked, cried out for help.

But let me assure you, sleep paralysis is way scarier than either of those things especially if you don't know what you're going through. I remember my first time so vividly I could describe it like it happened yesterday.

The second time it happened was when I was falling asleep. I think that's even worse. I was terrified of napping for a while (all my episodes have been during daytime naps). Several times after that, I would sense when I was about to nap that I was slipping into paralysis, so I would twitch to wake myself up and try again. Fortunately I've been able to avoid paralysis while falling asleep with that strategy since then.
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[User Picture]From: brokentooth
2007-07-22 05:14 pm (UTC)
Man, so that's what it is! I had one of those experiences two years ago - but I thought it was a particularly horrible lucid dream.
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