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I frequently suffer from Hypnagogia: half sleep, half awake. It is usually a nightmarish experience, frightful and annoying. I feel helpless, paralyzed, afraid and see upsetting dreams. It’s annoying and affecting my sleeping and consequently affecting my performance during my day. Any idea how to stop this disorder or even make it happen less?
Rash86 Rash86 26-30, F 3 Answers Jan 9 in Health

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I can't imagine how difficult it may be. Perhaps there is some study you can partake in to help them understand it better. Sometimes, these studies are offered for free. Check with your doctor/neurologist for these sleep studies in your area.

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Thank you so much Ben for the reply.

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i don't much about them, but i know what you're talking about - what kind of dreams to you have when you're so paralysed? are they lucid dreams?

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frightful stories and events with people I know in real life. Sometimes half awake and looking at my room seeing it different room or feeling afraid of strange creatures hiding in strange places in my strange room. Things I cannot stop or run from...many events I cannot describe. But I always wake up shocked and very upset.

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it sounds awful - do they feel more like dreams or hallucinations? - do you feel more awake or asleep?

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I think they are dreams because they have serial events with actual people. But sometimes they are hallucinations. I hallucinate and then wakeup paralyzed. Then go back to the hallucinations helplessly. The last night was horrible. I think I spent two hours in this situation before falling into proper sleep.

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two hours helpless watching a parade of horrible phantasms?

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it makes me shudder to imagine it, but i am so obsessed by mind and mental health it makes *me* ill

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are you getting treatment?

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No because I did not take it seriously before. But last night was so awful and I am having an exam tomorrow and all this day I am not focusing on study and feeling asleep all the time. So I thought this is a serious issue to watch out for.

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Do you have any advanced information about this issue?

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Exactly.

I checked my watch when I first started to fall asleep. Then I checked it after I completely woke up from this situation. It was two hours exactly.

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wow

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well, i think you probably have to assume that they are at least in part, a manifestation of your anxiety - but you should visit a doctor - i mean, you'd diagnosed yourself in the question

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So its not something common? I should start to worry about it seriously now?

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well, they are a special category of nightmare, not technically a "normal" one

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i suspect there is a meaning in the symbols that torment you themselves, but i have zero little experience with this condition - i've only read about it

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i thought you were already worried

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now I am extra worried

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I would like to know more behind this issue

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well make a plan of action for how to deal with it, starting with medical consultation

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it depends where you live, i guess, and how

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and google it

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go to the doctors? do you know what the cause is?

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I have no idea which doctor I can go to. And I don't know what cause them.

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a GP doctor, he can help you find a specialist doctor if need be. It sounds awful, so i would definitely see a doctor if i was you.

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Thanks! I will try to.

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