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post #1 of 51
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Does anyone else ever get this? It's happened maybe ten times in my life. I'd wake up, but can't open my eyes or control my breathing, or move any part of my body. It lasts for what feels like 30 seconds, then i fall back asleep.
I googled it, and people report feeling a negative 'presence' next to them. but personally, Ive never experienced that. It just sucks when you can feel your arm in an uncomfortable position and you just have to deal with it...
post #2 of 51
Wiggle your toe.
post #3 of 51
It happened to my left hand a couple weeks ago for the first time (it lasted probably 3 or 4 seconds but felt like ten times that), but never to my whole body - that sounds like a spooky experience...
post #4 of 51
I've had something similiar happen a few times, where I'm sort of in between sleep and awake but have little control over my body. I can only move my head slightly or not my legs or something, it's difficult to remember because it's a semi-conscious state. Often I feel like I can't consciously make myself breathe but of course I probably am. It kind of scares the hell out of me, like I'm afraid if I fall asleep I'm going to die. It's also the reason I don't like to take sleeping pills, because if I'm not actually tired I basically become incredibly restless while being sedated at the same time. Not a pleasant feeling. I don't know about the "negative presence" stuff. It's just a natural occurrence of what some drugs can do to you anyway, I see no reason to attribute it to anything but a certain state your body has fallen into. It could be largely psychosomatic, like a remnant of a dream.
post #5 of 51
It happens, it's pretty natural for it to happen to everyone once in a while. It's just where your body stays "shut down" as happens normally in your sleep, while your brain and awareness wakes up for some reason. It can be scary especially if you don't know what is going on, but in my experience it rarely lasts long.

The ones that bug me are where I wake up and start going about my normal day, and an hour or so later weird stuff starts to happen and I finally notice and then I wake up for real... I feel ripped off since I spent dream time doing my mundane tasks. Sometimes I also know I'm asleep and dreaming but can't make myself wake up.

Do some reading (actually we had a good thread here) about lucid dreaming - studying about it can make you feel more in control of your time asleep, which IME can lead to better, more productive sleep.
post #6 of 51
I was going to crack some "you have a few weeks to live"' joke but I don't know who is reading and i could get into trouble....

This is symptom associated with both narcolepsy and fatigue and is experienced by about 15% of the population.
post #7 of 51
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Originally Posted by itskub View Post
Does anyone else ever get this? It's happened maybe ten times in my life. I'd wake up, but can't open my eyes or control my breathing, or move any part of my body. It lasts for what feels like 30 seconds, then i fall back asleep.

Yeah, its happened to me a number of times. Its pretty crazy, I always just fell back asleep and then sort of forgot about it. But, it is bizarre. Maybe I'll google, too. Good ol' Dr. Google.
post #8 of 51
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post #9 of 51
BTW, the opposite problem is much more of a pain: your mind stays dreaming (about anything, including people attacking you, etc...) and your body gets up and starts acting out the dream. Kind of like a dog's legs twitching in his sleep except you can really hurt yourself and others. My grandpa had this and used to have to tie himself into bed so he couldn't get far enough to really do any damage.
post #10 of 51
It's happened to me a couple of times, and it's pretty damn scary. Yes, it is frequently accompanied by waking-dream hallucinations.
post #11 of 51
Were there any tall, thin humanoids in the room? Any anal probing? Eviscerated cows in the general area?
post #12 of 51
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Sometimes I also know I'm asleep and dreaming but can't make myself wake up.

I've had dreams where I know I'm dreaming...but I'm having a conversation and I can hear myself speak out loud. Freaked me the hell out the first time.
post #13 of 51
Sometimes I have hypnagogic hallucinations during REM sleep.
post #14 of 51
Thread Starter 
There's no narcolepsy or disorders in my family whatsoever, fortunately. I wouldnt say its scary, in fact Im aware its happening. Last time it happened, I was thinking about how I had to go get my hair cut first thing in the morning, but too bad I'm 'stuck'. Another thing about sleeping, I actually enjoy this, is when falling asleep I have a second-long dream about walk over a curb, and my whole body shakes. Kind of a rush.
post #15 of 51
yes...only in college a few times...its surreal, very frightening, esepcially once you realize that you are "conscious"
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