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How To Wake Up When Sleep Paralysis Happens!

by Jon

I am 40 years old and have had sleep paralysis my whole life. I can offer unique insight into this as I have learned how to wake up through a few different methods listed below:

1) I am married and have learned over the years to call out to my wife to wake me up. It feels like i am screaming at the top of my lungs but she says its a faint calling of her name. She usually hears me say: Help and moaning wake me please Help!

2) Sleeping on my back is the worst. I get paralysis almost every time I sleep on my back. Sleep on your side and it very rarely happens to me.

3) When I take a sleeping aid I have never had it happen to me.

4) The best way is to stay calm count to 3 in your head and right when you hit 3 try and kick your legs. It feels like i could kick a hole through the wall but what really happens is a slight twitch but its enough to wake me up.

5) I ran out of sleeping pills and had this happen twice last night and without my wife I don't know if I would ever sleep again so talk with your partner and make them aware of this and tell them no matter what they have to wake you up if they hear anything or feel you struggling. My wife knows that sometimes she has to even shove me off the bed or slap me and sometimes she hears me yell please hit me wake me up. I would rather have her punch me than go through it for 1 second more to wake me up. I really hate sleeping now especially when I forget to get a prescription.

Good luck to anyone suffering from this.

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Oct 16, 2017
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by: laural007

Your comments are interesting. I've been taking sleeping pills for the past couple of weeks and have been fine until a few days ago. After having three nights of SP, with 3 in ONE night...I thought it was possibly my sleeping pills causing them. I'm going to try avoid taking the pills and seeing if this helps. I'm also going to take to my fiancé to see if he can help wake me, but he is usually dead to the world when he sleeps so he may be of no help. Thanks for your thoughts.

Mar 23, 2018
I am 39 years old and I have sleep paralysis since I can remember NEW
by: Bobby

Here is a good trick I have learned over the years.. sleep on the edge of your bed.. this way when you have an "attack" (that is what I call them) ... you can barely move...just slowly work your leg of the edge of your bed and when your leg falls of your bed it will usually snap you out it.. I hope this advice will help you ...

Mar 23, 2018
I am 39 years old and I have sleep paralysis NEW
by: Bobby

I'm right there with you my sleep paralysis friend.... my wife does the same as yours and she is my saving angel. My best advice is to seek at a sitting up angle . Like you said laying on your back is asking for trouble. Good luck to you and all the other people suffering.

Oct 07, 2021
Method to wake up from SP NEW
by: Anonymous

I used to wake myself up by clicking my tongue against my hard palate. Learned to do this from my mom who had SP. but now it’s not working as I got dependent on my husband to wake me up. Must find ways to wake up without assist!

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