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Hypnagogia? Sleep Paralysis?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 14, 2009
  • 07:27 PM

Ever since I was an infant I would get, "stuck in sleep." My mother says that I would just cry and cry and she wouldn't be able to wake me up. Whatever this is has followed me for 18 years.

I've become interested in finding out what is going on, what is it called? Why does it happen?

It doesn't happen ALL the time and I can't control it
The only way I can really describe it is that I feel like I'm suffocating. I'm conscious but also asleep. Sometimes my eyes are open and other times they're not. I feel paralyzed and I can't talk, or scream. Sometimes I'll get so panicked about it that I'll cry and I can feel the tears but I don't make a sound. My muscles begin to ache with a desire to move but I can't. To me, this is the worst feeling ever.
It's happened during the day and at night.

Anyone have any idea or information to share?

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  • It is called Sleep Paralysis, and I've experienced it many times. Oddly enough, when I went on anti-depressants, they stopped suddenly. Anyway, I recently read another theory about this besides the "msimatch between the chemicals in the brain that control your motor function while sleeping", as a "waking trance" wherein out of body or astral projection phenomenon occurs. I would research Robert Bruce, he covers Sleep Paralysis and its relationship to OBE very comprehensively.
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