Take Control Of Sleep Paralysis!

Hi there, I to suffer from sleep paralysis. Well, I used to suffer from it. Now I just have it. For a long time I thought I was alone in this because any time I would ask somebody if it had ever happened to them they would look at me like I was some kind of weirdo and say "no".
It's a pretty terrifying thing. Can't move, feel like you can't breathe. you try to scream for help but can't actually make a sound. Some people even see menacing things standing around them or even feel like these things they are seeing are the cause of the problem itself. The evil scary things being there has not happened to me as much but it is scary as hell and definitely has happened. The just waking up paralyzed has happened quite often though. The only thing I could do was to fight and fight until I could move something. A finger, a hand, turn my head, or something and then I would wake up. That could take seconds or minutes and if it took minutes it felt like hours.
A little while ago I got interested in hypnosis. I wondered if maybe it could help me induce a deeper state of meditation. As I started to read up on it I noticed that there was quite a few similarities between the deep states of hypnosis described and what I would feel in sleep paralysis. So, I was determined no matter how scared I was that the next time it happened I would try the same things they do in hypnosis in my paralysis. The first thing I would do is tell myself that I was going to count down from 5 to 1 and as soon as I hit 1 that I would be completely calm and that my breathing would be back to normal. Also for those who have the terrifying apperitions and the feelings of an evil pressence tell your self that these things will be gone by the time you hit 1. I really do understand just how hard this is but will power and persistence WILL pay off.
So of course the next time it happened I totally forgot to do it and freaked out, AGAIN, like I normally did. When I broke free I realized that I had forgoten to do what I had intended to and was mad at myself. I even wondered if it was really possible for me to do this but then I said to myself, "If I can consciously think while this is happening to me then I have to at least be able to try it." The next time it happened I remembered. It was extremely hard to stay focused while being so scared but I did it and IT FREAKEN WORKED!!! As soon as I was done counting down I was completely calm and breathing normally and any and all scary things were gone. Then I told myself I would count form 3 to 1 and then I would be awake. So I did, and as soon as I hit 1 I was awake. Now I even kind of look forward to it happening because just like hypnosis you can tell yourself all kinds of things to happen, like instead of waking up you tell yourself that you will fall back to sleep and into a wonderful dream. That does take some practice though. More often, at first once you have gained control you will just wake up but at least you now have the control and no longer have to be afraid of falling asleep.
I really hope this helps. I truly know just how terrifying this can be and doing this has really changed my life. My intentions here are to help people stop this terrifying and scary thing that happens to them and leaves them feeling fearful helpless. Use this and take the control back!
Hypnodreamer Hypnodreamer
31-35, M
2 Responses Dec 16, 2012

Thanks for sharing - I will have to try this next time.

If this works for you please write about it. Share your experience. I think that most people when they read this assume that it's BS right off of the bat . It seems too simple to easy a fix for this to really work and so they don't give it a chance thinking that it would just be a waste of their time . But if people would just give it a try and with some diligence they would find out that this really would help them it could change their lives.

Great story, you're totally right! I know someone who can make use of it.