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An Answer To My Frightening Experiences

by Myriam
(Portland, OR)

Since I was a kid I have been experiencing sleep paralysis, but I never knew what it was until I heard Dr. Sanjay Gupta talk about it on CNN.

In my case it occurred both when I have just fallen sleep and when waking up in the morning. The first time I can remember it happening, it was the most terrifying experience I ever had, and for years I was afraid to go to sleep.

There was a period in my life when I suffered these episodes several times during the night. Most of the time there was someone there but I could not see his face. As he was approaching me, I would start to scream and try to move but nothing happened. It was like someone had cut my tongue, and paralyzed my body from head to toes.

I struggled intensely, and just as I felt the man touching me, I would wake up covered with sweat and a racing heart.

Over the years I thought something was terribly wrong with me. After learning what it was and doing some research, I have learned to control it and be less terrified since I know that it’s just a bad dream and sooner or later I’m going to wake up.

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