I have had this happen to me around 7 times. It is horrible to wake up and not be able to move or speak, but what makes it trully terrifying is when my mind keeps dreaming. It is always nightmarish stuff, the worst being when I could tell there was something in the room with me, but I couldn't turn to see it and it crawled into my bed and started touching me. I still have to surpress a shudder when I remember it. Luckily they have seemed to have stopped, for now.
nerdbabe102 nerdbabe102
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3 Responses Dec 3, 2012

I've never had this, but my grandpa described this in almost the exact same words. One sort of similar thing happened to me though, I was sleeping, like completely asleep, in the middle of a dream, and then I got the sense that something had crawled onto the foot of my bed and touched my leg. I was in the middle of an entirely unrelated dream, and it was in the middle of the night, and I was completely asleep, so it was quite an alarm. I shot straight up and stared at the foot of my bed, with my hair on end. I wasn't afraid though, it was more like a wide-eyed fury, and alertness. It all happened so fast and made no sense to me, because I have no idea what could have triggered it, since I was having a totally unrelated dream, and the sensation came out of nowhere.

Hmm, that's strange.

I haven't had this in years, but I did have it well into my 20s.. I would always try to wake myself up one muscle at a time or even get close enough to the edge of the bed so I could fall out.. I remember asking my wife if she noticed me acting panicky to shake me awake.. but of course none of that ever worked. I would often think that if someone broke in I wouldn't be able to protect my family. I haven't had it in years, but I do remember how real it was and how helpless it made me feel. I never really learned to just relax..

I have, thanfully. I just relax and will usually fall sleep or it will just stop.

I am sure that is the key to it.. just didn't know it back then.. it doesn't last as long as it seems either.

True. I'm glad they are gone.

I hope you are doing well and enjoying the holiday.. smiles.

Thanks...I hope you are too

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It happens. Especially when you're about your age. I remember it happening a couple of times to me. It's a built-in mechanism in your brain, that shuts off motor control to your muscles when you sleep, so you don't thrash around and hurt yourself. It's just your mind/central nervous system not all waking at the same time, and same speed. You'll grow out of it, no problem.. but it's really perfectly natural. You'll be fine. Don't let your imagination run away with you. ;-)