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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 :)

[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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