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Sleep Paralysis becoming worse and worse...

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Hey folks, I was wondering if you might take a moment or two to have a read through this post. I've managed to drag myself away from Skyrim for a minute hehe, addictive stuff to say the least.

SP is something I've suffered from since I was about 8 years old. I'm 26 now and for those who have encountered it, it doesn't get any less terrifying. None so much as this last week where everything regarding my sleep seems to be going crazy. Over the last week or so I've been getting Sleep Paralysis nigh on every night, sometimes several times. Now only in the last year or so have I actually had the hallucinations that go hand in hand with it. I've seen some really nasty things that haunt me to this day when I try to sleep. Ranging from aliens, so a skeletal hands dragging me back into my bed. I shudder as I type this!

The last two nights have been a little different, sure I've had the same paralysis, but each time I close my eyes I see a vivid moving image of either my room, or a room I have been in before. Last night I could see my bedroom and I seriously thought I had my eyes open, although I knew I was awake, unlike with the SP, I watched a figure in this very image. Tonight I had an image of my Grandmother's living room which was absolutely crystal clear in front of my eyes. It was like an actual dream, it was more like the size of a standard size mouse mat (sorry for the awful description there) in front of my eyes. This has become a new experience to me and I find it almost intriguiing as to what I will see next.

Regarding the Sleep Paralysis though, it's become so I dare not go to sleep until it starts getting light outside, as ridiculous as that may sound. In winter is becomes increasingly harder because over here it doesnt usually get light until around 7 AM.

I apologise for the almost novel-like post but I could really do with some insight into this because it's getting bad now.

Many many thanks in advance for anyone who even reads this, it's really appreciated :-)

Regards, Sam
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replied December 4th, 2011
your not alone. I have the same thing as well.
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replied December 4th, 2011
What you both have is nothing to fear, I have had this many times, it is a natural part of the sleep cycle, but it usually happens during sleep. I have worked hard to develop this "paralysis" state - because this is basically a trance state, this is what psychics experience, your mind and body frequency is elevated, and the non-physical energy body can then separate from the physical body and voila -out of body experience! that is the images you are seeing - these are non-physical objects and entities, and there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of - your mind is interpreting it as scary and threatening because it is unfamiliar to you! You must read Journeys Out of the Body by Robert Monroe - this happened to him and he was frightened for a year before he understood it - and went on to write 3 books and devote his life to spreading the work (The Monroe Institute actually trains people to have this experience!) please feel free to contact me if you want to discuss it - I have much to share on this -
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replied January 3rd, 2012
it is really nothing to be alarmed about. im not a doctor but if its only sleep paralysis, when your trying to wake up but you cant, then its most likely anxiety or/and sleep deprivation. your body maybe is tired. even if you sleep the 8 hours that most people do, u need more and probably more relaxation. try to take things easy during the day. i mean like dont overthink to much of things and try not to stress alot during the day. also, before you go to sleep, stop thinking about things. just sleep, and wake up when you have to. dont go to bed stressing out. sorry if i sound repetitive too lol
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replied February 5th, 2012
im suffering from a feel of a presence in my room and it wakes me up and i am crying and screaming for hours, my wife is suporting me. i feel someone is in my room standing in the corner but it is a dark sillpute of a person. i feel it is taking me over, night after night,
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replied February 13th, 2012
I have had sleep paralysis, often accompanied by night terrors (typically, waking up screaming/yelling in the strangest tones, throwing my limbs about), since I was young as well. I tried quite a few medications to stop this - generally some tranquilizer/sleep medication. The success of the meds varied, but some almost completely stopped these occurrences. I never stayed on the medications for too long though because I often felt groggy in the mornings.

The sleep paralysis and night terrors got to the point where I would sometimes have them up to ten times a night. These were often accompanied by hypnagogic/hypnopompic hallucinations. I was treated for a sleep disorder resulting in poor quality of sleep for many years. None of them were especially helpful, and I grew more and more tired over the years. I eventually got to the point where I may doze off while reading or something and almost immediately experience sleep paralysis, accompanied by a night terror.

Eventually, I was referred to a sleep specialist at a sleep clinic. After seeing the sleep specialist for nine months, the final diagnosis was idiopathic hypersomnia. All of the symptoms I was experiencing are associated with hypersomnia, especially the excessive daytime sleepiness - which was now my biggest problem.

I am now treated with stimulants to get me through the day. I am not confident in my diagnosis, but it's all I have to go on for now. I still have sleep paralysis and night terrors often, scaring everyone in the house (especially my dog or girlfriend, if they are in my room). I'm still tired all the time, and barely getting by with the help of prescribed stimulant drugs. . I'm worried I may fall asleep in class in university and have a night terror, which would likely be an unpleasant experience.

Anyway, sorry for the long post - hopefully you find some of this relevant. My advice though would be to see a doctor. Tell him every detail you can remember regarding the occurrences. It may be helpful to keep a sleep journal as well. You can log how you feel before bed (stressed, overtired, irritable, etc.) and other relevant information (where you slept, if you were alone, had consumed alcohol, were very hungry, had something on your mind, etc.). Make note of anything relevant after experiencing a sleep paralysis occurrence (details of any hallucinations, if you had been disturbed in your sleep, etc.). You may notice patterns of certain things which increase the probability of an occurrence. If possible, it is usually helpful to have someone wake you if you are noticeably experiencing unpleasant sleep paralysis/hallucinations. If you often experience these occurrences at the same time each night, try and have someone wake you before they happen.

Sleep paralysis can be caused by increased stress, excessive tiredness, alcohol consumption, anxiety, and it may also be a symptom of another sleeping disorder. There is also evidence to link hypoglycemia to hypnagogic hallucinations. In my experience, alcohol, stress, and excessive tiredness all worsened the occurrences of sleep paralysis and hallucinations. Though not the cause, they did increase the frequency of incidents. A doctor would be able to help you identify possible causes and decide on a treatment plan. Depending on the severity of your problem, he/she may also prescribe a medication (often a benzodiazepine). You may also get a referral to another doctor, such as a sleep specialist, if you condition is serious enough.
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replied July 9th, 2013
even worse
I get it so bad i get up quickly and fall on the floor and continue to go through it. Sometimes i fall on my face in the matress and can't breath... i feel like its my destiny.......):
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