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I Feel Like I'm Dying In My Sleep...

by Jason Pugh
(Columbus, Ohio)

My name is Jason, I'm 33 years old, and this has happened to me many, many times, always just BEFORE I fall asleep, ever since I was probably 18.

I can be lying down in any position and I can feel my body just fall limp. My breath slows down and, when it first happened, I felt like I was suffocating. I tried to take a deep breath but my lungs didn't respond and I started to panic. I couldn't sit up, in fact, I couldn't even move. I can still hear everything going on around me.

I also fall asleep with my eyes partially open sometimes, and I can see everything going on around me but I can't move my eyes. I can feel the tears running down my cheek, knowing I can't stop it unless I can startle myself enough to wake up my body.

The only thing I CAN do, is get either one of my feet to move at the ankle. If I shake my foot hard enough, I can now wake up my wife, who knows what that means, and shakes me till I am ok.

Over the years I have been able to sometimes force my exhale out harder to make a slight noise. If my wife is not in bed with me and it happens, I am in some trouble. I can get my feet moving, sometimes both feet going enough to shake my entire body, yet I sometimes can't wake up.

I feel like I am dying in my sleep, but I'm forced to be mentally awake, almost as some type of punishment. Once, I tried to accept that I couldn't wake up from it and just go to sleep... yah right! Didn't work.

I still panic when it happens. When I do finally wake up, if I try to lay back down immediately, it will happen again. I have had this happen 3-4 times in a row before I figured out I have to get out of bed, and walk around, get a drink or do something for a few minutes.

To this day, I suffer from this condition 2-3 times a month with no medication, and it frightens me every time.

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Sep 30, 2015
Perfect Description Of Sleep Paralysis
by: Kevin

Thanks for giving a perfect, textbook description of sleep paralysis. And a great description of how to use your bed partner to wake you up from an episode. Ryan Hurd talks about that as well as one of the techniques he uses to help gain some control over his sleep paralysis.

Perhaps the only thing that is not the usual for sleep paralysis is that you get it at the start of sleep. It is most common to experience when you wake up. Sometimes experiencing it only at the start of sleep can be a symptom of a more serious problem like narcolepsy, but it doesn't sound like that's the case for you given just what's here in your description.

Thanks again for sharing your story.

Jan 16, 2016
Goin to Sleep NEW
by: David Sheppard

I believe what you are experiencing is a phenomenon called "deafferentation." As we go to sleep, the brain diminishes inputs from the five physical senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. This enables us to sleep through most physical irritants and environmental disturbances. We lose touch with our body. It is nothing to fear and is quite normal. The transition from being awake to being asleep is called hypnagogia, and it is quite complicated and very interesting. I discuss it extensively in In Pursuit of Sleep.

Apr 11, 2016
sleep paralysis NEW
by: suzy

I have suffered with this for many years and did not know it had a name. It is terrifying. I saw something online a couple of months ago and I thought my god this is what ive been having. I forgot about it. Last night I had sleep paralysis and I looked it up. I was relieved I wasnt on my own or going mad. Its awful, I am so scared to go back to sleep when I eventually wake up. I have terrible nightmares which are different to sleep paralysis where I can feel pain and try to wake up and cant. I kind of know when I am going to have an attack. I feel asleep and wake up and cant move my arms or head or torso, I try to scream but nothing comes from my mouth. What I do think happens is that I can move the lower part of my legs and am franticly moving them to wake myself up but icant move anything else. I feel relief when I wake up but i dare not go back to sleep. I do have poor quality of sleep because of back problems and severe osteo arthritis. So I am sleep deprived.i take many tablets for the pain including tramadol and amitriptyline and others. I donfeel like I am dying whn it happens and feel like I am dying. I struggle to breathe. Glad im not alone but wud not wish it on my worst enemy . Wish I cud find a cure cos is scary stuff. Suzy e

Sep 05, 2016
Perfect description NEW
by: Mackel9

I have this and I usually try to talk and scream and there is no sound coming out. I open my eyes, but no sound can come out for several minutes. My heart feels like it is about to stop or beating too slowly, I cannot express how scared you wake up feeling...

Oct 13, 2016
Glad I'm not alone NEW
by: Amity

I'm so glad that I'm not the only one! I have this very often, and it always happens at the beginning of my sleep especially when I'm really tired. It's almost as if I wake up mentally and realize that I can't move, speak or a lot of times breathe. The only thing that has worked for me is to frantically wiggle my toes or foot or squeeze my hand to make a fist. It is so scary and when I do wake up, I'm panicked! I always worry about going back to sleep right after bc it happens again. So sorry you guys are having this happen to you! Is there anything you can do to avoid this happening?

Nov 15, 2016
Can't wake up NEW
by: Anonymous

I have this in fact I just woke up to one ,it's like I want to wake up and I can't breathe or move ,I feel like I am awake when this happens and wake up gasping for air ,it's so frightening,I have spoken to my doctor and he says you will always wake up ,that hasn't put my mind at rest cause he didn't take it serious ,my mum just died in her sleep which has made mine worse and I am so scared to go to sleep ,and so tied to wake up I think I may go to another doctor cause the problem is getting worse not better

Nov 21, 2016
night runner NEW
by: matips

thanks for sharing that ...
personally I have had this experience for quite sometime to me it normally happen after I have had an episode of drinking ..that is the day after. . everytime I go to bed I just get very weak can
't even turn or say something but I can feel mosquitos biting me and noises outside but can't do anything but I keep on struggling there until somehow I just wake up again I get scared to sleep again coz it happens again ...but since I know it's only for a while n am used to that condition I just lie there knowing it will go away

Dec 11, 2016
It feels like suffocating NEW
by: Anonymous

Im 29 and this started happening to me maybe 2 years ago. It is terrifying. It feels like suffocating. I have tried to be mindful of the position I fall asleep in just incase it happens again but it truly doesn't matter. I have slept propped up on 3 pillows and its still as scary as if I had fallen asleep on my stomach. I felt crazy and did not know how to explain to my fiance that I often feel like im dying in my sleep. Its a minor relief knowing that I'm not alone but going to sleep is still terrifying.

Dec 27, 2016
Not afraid anymore NEW
by: Anonymous

This has been happening to me for quite some time, its increasing from once a month to 2 times a night. I have done alot of serching which led me astral projection. For me its starts with a tingle and instead of fearing it, i gave in. I know its a form of sleep paralysis, so i gave in and have amazing dreams and wake up very refresh. Give in, the only fear i have is not coming back to the body. But im still here.

Mar 01, 2017
happens to me NEW
by: Anonymous

This happens to me very often, sometimes a few times a week. When I'm falling asleep or waking up and it frigtns the life out of me literally... I can't move and my eyes won't open and my brain and body feels heavy and weak, I'm so weak like I don't stand a chance when I try to fight it and qake up... My breathing slows down. It's what I imagine dying to be like. Sometimes I move my hand or foot and I can feel myself doing this even though I'm will not fully conscious I know I'm awake at the same time. After a few attempts of struggling to pressure my self to open my eyes, move and wake up properly and it doesn't work I relax my body and don't think for a few seconds and then I try again and it works, I wake up properly and shake myself around with relief. However sometimes it takes longer than one or two trys of relaxing myself to wake up and that's what svTes me most. I have bad anxiety and I wonder if lack of sleep sometimes makes this happen that my brain is so heavily on sleep mode that my body also won't react because of this. You feel so afraid to go back asleep! I do exercise alot. I'm going to start practising mindfulness again

Apr 10, 2017
Doesn't feel like sleep paralysis NEW
by: Anonymous

I've have sleep paralysis and It doesn't feel like it. This sleep gives me a good feeling, as if I'm going into a good sleep and I feel like I'm never going to wake up. As I let go of my tensed body my heart beats really fast as it's trying to wake me back up. I stay awake for about 4 hours before I start feeling tired again. Please advise me on what to do. I hate this feeling.

May 28, 2017
Unusual falling asleep or dying? NEW
by: Terry

Im not quite sure how to explain it but I just had an episode. Its started when I was going to sleep and it feelt like my soul and breath was leaving my body. It feels like Im slipping away and if I let it happen I might die. I am conscious so shake my head or any part of my body and I pray it takes a minute but I eventually am able to open my eyes again. I am tempted to see how it ends but am scared of not waking and my kids would find me lifeless. I dont want to do that to them. Any ideas?

Jun 09, 2017
i-feel-like-im-dying-in-my-sleep MANY TIMES NEW
by: Chk India

I have experienced it so many times, I feel like i am dying...its been 2 years....Initially I had no idea why it happens..but Now I am diagnosed with Chronic sinusitis... I think this may be the reason...when we lie on bed mucous starting build up in our sinus and get clogged followed by nasal congestion which leads to bad breadth and all this reflect as a dream and such feeling occurs... I suggest you guys to meet with doctor to consult whether you have such problems

Jul 24, 2017
The feeling of dying while sleeping NEW
by: Anonymous

I experience this feeling four or five times. It happens during night or even day sleep. I hate facing this coz Im scared of dying during the experience. My heart beat gets Slower, I can't even open my eyes. Most times I pray in my mind to God for help and udually come out of the feeling. Im really scared of the feeling to overtake me. My instinct tells me that if I do not overcome the feeling I will definitely die so I always try my best to come out.

Aug 22, 2017
by: Anonymous

You feel

Oct 21, 2017
Wtf is this NEW
by: Anonymous

This happened to me a few times recently! The first night no less than 3's like my brain woke up but my body took a few moments I don't know how long but it felt like if I couldn't wake myself up right then I would die. I was dying. I was so convinced. I was frightened and woke my bf up he was amazing...I've been suffering from anxiety and depression is the icing on the nope-cake.
Guys this is some horrible stuff..can't put into words. What can I do? Will a Dr take it seriously and what sleeping meds can stop this?

Nov 13, 2017
Thought I was dying NEW
by: lorraine

Thought I was dying last night. I cant explain it. It was like I couldn't breath, grasping to try. It almost felt like my heart had stopped beating, and I was on my way out. As a matter of fact, for a few seconds, which felt like forever, I wasn't breathing!!! I could feel my eyes closing slowly as I was trying to breath. I said "this is it, I am dying" It was so scary. Why did this happen?

Dec 16, 2017
Don't sleep on your back NEW
by: Nick

So I have dealt with sleep paralysis for a long time like most of you, and yes it is terrifying. About 8 years ago I had back to back nights where I even hallucinated that something crawled onto my bed and then onto me while I was having paralysis. It still haunts me. Anyway, one thing that helps me is to not sleep on my back. Whenever I wake up with sleep paralysis, I am always on my back, so I try to never fall asleep in this position. Hope this helps.

Dec 18, 2017
I am dying in my sleep NEW
by: brian chester

So it is now 3:00 AM and I just had one of the Sleep Death Attacks. These are so real and so absolutely "the most frightening things any human could ever experience. It is as if "Death" is dragging you into it's own and it is time to say goodbye. Now I could go onto try and describe it in a less dramatic way but when the attacks occur, my only instinct is to fight this death like experience as it comes to end my life. I can't say whether it is in the first two hours of sleep or the final 6th or 7th hour. I am heavily entrenched and can never recall a dream that I perhaps was having when the attack occurred; I always remember my dreams upon awakening. The awakening when the attacks occur is so violent that perhaps it neurologically blanks out memories of a dream. But Death, Death is the common factor, and you are trapped by your state of sleep. If you don't wake,,, death is eminent

Dec 20, 2017
Mine is a little different NEW
by: Khushi

Hey! I am Khushi. I wanted to know about this topic as I started noticing this problem with me many times. I don't what it is! I feel like I am sleeping and something moves I want to wake up but I can't and it's more like I've already woke up inside my body but I can't even move my eyes outside. When I wake up inside, All I do or all I see myself is like I am locked. Someone put a cage around me, I can't even make my hand moving (inside me). I want to just open my eyes for a while so that I can breathe but it is so difficult for me even to open my eyes. May be I can move or I move then, but I don't realize,I really want to know what is the problem with me and how can I control it. Hope someone can help me.

Feb 06, 2018
Solution that worked for me NEW
by: RK Vancouver

I suffered sleep paralysis for months year 2015-2016..
Days in a row, sleep paralysis after sleep paralysis after another one again same night.
In the morning I felt so tired coz I was sleep deprived, was afraid to go back to sleep. I would sit up to avoid falling asleep.
I could tell when I was having one. It was a weird feeling I can’t explain. I don’t see shadows (thanks God), but I can feel presence of unseen or sometimes (my mind says a dead person was present although I couldn’t see).
I tried to scream many times to ask help! no voice! I hear people outside my room, but of course they didn’t hear me..
I tried to gather my strength and sit up, but something was strongly pulling me back (sleep). I fought again, but I can’t get up.
My mind says if I let sleep take over I would never be able to wake up again ever! So I always fought to wake myself! It was scary- I felt like dying.

First, I read somewhere that sleep paralysis is also caused by lack of oxygen in the brain (lol I didn’t find scientific connection but I was desperate to end my nightmare! I would do anything). I slept on my side & carved in my brain to do a forceful deep breath when sleep paralysis attacks again.

So it happened- I kept doing it, forcing my body to do it, until my body actually did one big deep breath! Viola I woke up doing it! Usually it would take me 1-3 tries with all my might. While combining in trying to move the fingers of my feet (whichever works I said to myself). It was the act of taking a deep breath that usually woke me. But it really takes strong will & energy for the body to finally follow. Sometimes a forced twitch of feet fingers can wake me up too..

But I was not content, I learned the technique to wake myself, but what I want was to not experience it anymore. (At all).

Someone told me It was due to dehydration. So again here comes the night. Before I slept I drank 1- 2 full glasses of water, I didn’t care if I had to wake up to pee. I just didn’t want to feel like dying again, and EUREKA!!!!!!!! it worked.
I woke up once to pee, then I drank a glass or water again to replace water loss.. I had a good sleep..

Since then until now, I am drinking enough fluids during the day, so I will need to drink 1 glass of water only before bedtime..
Sometimes, I feel the urge to pee before falling asleep.
That’s fine by me. I will just drink half glass of water again after- to rehydrate myself.. So far I never had sleep paralysis again..

It may have no connection to sleep-wake-cycle or REM & NREM, but this is how it worked for me :-)

Feb 06, 2018
Solution that worked for me cont.. NEW
by: Anonymous

I forgot to mention, the reason I slept on my side is to avoid tongue blocking the airway. When we sleep on our back, our tongue relaxes and may block the airway.. (causing lack of oxygen? And snoring anyways).

And mentioned to remember the deep breathing technique just because since muscle was paralyzed, I had a weird feeling that the lack of oxygen was also due to relaxed muscle forgetting to breathe for short period of time, so I thought to force myself and keep in mind to breathe! LoL. Funny as it may sound but it worked for me..

Studies has linked REM with hypoxia- as I said I was desperate to end it so I made a lot of reading, proven or not proven, even hearsay, I would try as long as it’s not harmful.

As to dehydration- I didn’t find connection, the only thing I know, due to cold weather, we have heater at home & I felt like heater is absorbing body moisture as well and makes me dehydrated during the night... With dehydration, body will not function properly..

Causes of dehydration (many to mention), If I can prevent it by drinking water, I would. And it worked (in my own experience).

I am sharing this because I know how it feels, to feel like dying, feel like you won’t see your family again, to think that my family will just find me on bed lifeless. You can try what I did too.. Hopefully it will work too.. If not, I’m sorry. It may be different in every person..

Doctors say Sleppe Paralysis is not harmful (Just a conflict between REM & NREM), but, I would’nt dare take a chance to try & see what happens if I just let sleep overcome me during sleep paralysis! LoL we only have one precious life to risk with "what ifs"

Who didn’t try to shake themselves? I’m curious what happpened next. Maybe nothing and woke up normally?..

Feb 09, 2018
by: Brother

I have exact same situation. I just had one a few minutes ago. What I do to wake up from that state is to shake my feet or ankle.
I am also wondering if weight gain is part of the problem. I have to loose some weigh to see if this improves

Jun 08, 2018
Welp NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey.. I fell asleep a couple hours ago and it felt like I was just dying. I knew I was asleep and I couldn't wake up, I tried to breathe but it felt like my body just shut down. Everything just hurt, and it felt like I was burning. I woke up almost crying because I was so scared. I don't think I ever want to sleep again. It happened to me once when I was like 9, but it never hurt like this,,
I'm a young teen and I'm pretty spooked about this.. I'll try to ask my parents when they wake up. But yeah that's just what happened when I fell asleep and I think it's sleep paralysis.

Aug 22, 2018
Yet a New Version NEW
by: Ron R.

I experience sleep paralysis on a regular basis--close to 10 years now. I know when I will most likely have an episode and have tried a few techniques. I am writing this after experiencing , for about five times, a newer version of the same thing.

Here is a short summary of my 10 years experience (contents of the SP) so far: being "harassed" by a dark figure, being oppressed by a demon or people I know possesed by demon. Even frightening when it is the person I was sleeping next to; who else will wake you up during the attack? Incidentally these occured during years when I was a practicing catholic. Now that I turned to the other side, i.e. a non-believer. Things also took a turn. I guess bye demons and dark figures for now. Welcome "death".

For those wondering what it feels like to "let go", here is what I found out. My first experience felt like having a heart attack. It was differebt from regular SP when you feel "paralyzed". It was simply a feeling of your heart giving out followed by your breath giving out. The first time I fought it (by the way during the demon infestation I reached a point when I have become an expert that instead of fighting it I try to sleep over it-try to sleep in your sleep). The second time was more realistic and I really thought that was it. I felt so helpless and just sort of gave up because no matter how I tried fighting it, I never did recover and gave my last "fck it!" and breath my last. Everything faded. Nothingness. Then bam! Wake up the next morning.

This time it is different. It felt more real; that I am really dying. I was not afraid like last time or calm previous to that. I am now even angry and afraid that my body would give up on me like that. This time I tried to fight it and though I woke up I was so sure in my bones that I've never been more helpless and that If I did let go, there will be no pain or relief but pure nothingness--infinite nothingness. The nothingess i first experienced seemed like a really good dream. I'd welcome the demons and hollows back in exchange. I'd rather have something to fight in my dying moment but I cannot stand nothingness.

Sep 14, 2018
by: Anonymous

So for about 3 months now, I have been experiencing like I am slowly dying in my sleep. I start to notice my breathing slowing down, it slows down so much I can now notice it’s getting to a dangerously low level. As my breathing slows, hearing slowly fades away as well. I can no longer hear and my breathing is so low, I felt my heart stop. At this point I can feel like I’m fading, but I quickly jolt my body and I am able to wake up no problem. Because of this, I now fear sleeping. It honestly scares me a lot. I’ve noticed every time I try to sleep now I inhale and exhale a lot and have to concentrate on my breathing. I have read many comments here, but I definitely don’t have sleep paralysis. The comment here that did catch my attention is the comment which mentioned that they have all these shortness of breath and dying like experiences, which they said his or her doctor diagnosed Chronic Sinusitis. I believe I may have this and is causing these sleepless nights and terrifying experiences. I have noticed high inflammation in my nose Recently, so I hope and pray that this is what I have and that it can be cured. I just turned 20 recently, so I want to do many things with my life before I pass away. Reading everyone’s comment here and stories have brought me relief because I know I’m not the only one. Thank you so much for that!

Sep 24, 2018
I didn't try, and nothing happened NEW
by: Shillah

So I saw someone ask how it goes it you try not to shake yourself, here's my story. For more than 15 years,when I was roughly ten, I started getting the paralysis, I couldn't move, I couldn't scream and I could perfectly be aware of everything around me. This led to my panic attacks and anxiety disorders which I hardly got medication. So everytime it happened I used to struggle, try moving and fighting to be awake but that's not something you would want to do for more than 15 years. One day in college, I got the worst of them and I decided, well, if I am to die, then let it happen so I just lay and waited. It was pretty painful and my head began buzzing, my heart was so fast and I couldn't breathe. After some few seconds, I just woke up all sweaty and tired. Since then, I haven't been fighting and I always wake up but it is one of the most terrifying feelings, I would say I've had the experience more than 500 times in my life.

Oct 08, 2018
I've had the same thing since I was eight NEW
by: Anonymous

It started to happen when as i drifted off to sleep I could move my eyes and hear but was unable to move my body and could feel my heavy heartbeat. My instant reaction is to continually attempt to move my arm until I force my self awake. This would work but I would just fall asleep again and the same would happen again. I found the only two ways of stopping this were to move around for a few minutes or play music while I slept but this was not as affective and I would sometimes re enter the cycle. There was even once a time were i fell asleep while my mother was reading to me and I could hear her so I tried calling out to her but all I that came out was slightly heavier breathing. It terrified me and would happen at any moment. This would keep me up at night and I still don't know what to do about it.

Dec 05, 2018
Feel like I’m dying and sleep any tips to help to where this doesent happen please. Scared
by: Dylan

Hi this just recently started happening to me tho it’s a little different every time it’s when I’m extremely tired in the mornings because I work 3rd shift and I’m trying to go to sleep or nodding off and I can feel my self falling into it the most recent scary one was a bright like strobe light started flashing and I instantly tried to scream and I couldn’t it felt as if I didn’t wake up I would die within secounds it was so intense like the pain was real finally I moved my toe and finally woke up stayed up al day and am back and work now terrified to go back to sleep it happend 3 times in a row each one different slightly but all felt like I was going to die and couldn’t wake up

Feb 18, 2019
Sleep paralysis? NEW
by: Anonymous

I had something similar to this last night. I was struggling to sleep anyway then all of a sudden my entire body felt like it was shutting down, I couldn't move at all and was starting to suffocate. I also started to get goose bumps all over my body. In my head I kept telling myself to wake up but couldn't, before eventually I managed to open my eyes. My breathing stayed heavy for 30 minutes

Aug 21, 2019
Similar episode
by: Anonymous

I just had a similar episode just 15 mins ago, i was about to go fall asleep and suddenly I felt weird and goosebumps all over the body(in a strange way, even I can feel it on my tongue).
I thought I was going to die( i was able to move and all, but the goosebumps lasted for 30 seconds) and now I am relieved to find out that it might be sleep paralysis or some kind of anxiety related stuff.

Aug 26, 2019
dying in my sleep
by: Vman124

I have been dealing with this for years glad i found this page just happen again last night full panic mode but after walking around and drinking some water what a big difference thank you all for your comments and advice im going to try the water thing tonight and see what happens wish everyone blessings

Dec 20, 2019
Just happened 3 times in the same night.
by: Anonymous

I have been having this episodes for more than 29 years now, it feels that I have them more lately . I feels like a nightmare till I realize that is happening for real and try to scream, I can hear myself but not to loud and get in panic trying to wake up . I am conscious but can’t open my eyes yet till I make it . Last night happened 2 or 3 times , don’t remember for sure , I was so tired that went to sleep tight await after that, today I have been looking for a
Doctor cause I thought that it could be apnea that is making me
This way , but after reading all this I don’t
Know anymore of going to a doctor make any difference.
I hope we all can continue waking up .

Jan 19, 2021
I scared to sleep NEW
by: Omg I not alone

I am 36 and this is happening serval times of the month and the last two day it happens every time I go to sleep I try to screen move breathe omg I up I so tired I sitting begging my husband to check in me in my sleep but he say I crazy and he doesn't so I don't want to go to sleep but I will and I am terrified I literally have to force myself self awake and omg I just glad I do because I have kids who need there mommy this is making name nuts and my anxiety crazy I really don't know what to do

Feb 08, 2021
Feel like dying since teenager NEW
by: Anonymous

I am in my mid forties and have suffered with sleep paralysis since my teen years. I have had chronic sinus problems and now have sleep apnea in which now my tongue is now starting to block my airway while I'm sleeping which makes the sleep paralysis even more complicated. Last night I thought I was dying, I had sleep paralysis, while I was wearing my C-Pap mask and almost passed out due to my tongue blocked my airway. First I had the sleep paralysis, I was awake and could not move and then as I fighting it, my tongue started to block my airway. I almost passed out as I felt the pressure building in my head. I remember thinking this it, I will never see my family again, I'm dying and this is the way I will be found. A few seconds later just in time I awakened with a headache due to the pressure building as a result of lack of oxygen. I have never had the sleep paralysis occur when I'm wearing the C-Pap mask/device. Now I will sleep on my side as opposed to my back to avoid the tongue blocking the airway. At this time sleep paralysis does not occur as frequent as did previously in my younger years, the events would happen during stressful times, when I was not sleeping enough hours, and if I ate pork. Once I decreased pork from my diet the events lessened significantly. If I was having an event, if I touched something or someone ( with great effort) I would come out the paralysis. To avoid it happening again If I fell back asleep I would hold my husband hand, or if home alone have my pet dog sit next to me and I would touch her head. I would describe this state frightening as if something is pulling you under while your trying to fall asleep but your awake, and you feel that there is a dark presence there with you. I have suffered with this for over 25 years, now it happens about five times a year on average and improves with a 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar use, when I drink vinegar it will not happen a second time after the first time in the same night. When ever I eat pork I automatically prepare for this event to happen and before bedtime I consume vinegar. I feel for anyone who has to deal with this terrible sleep disorder.

Nov 17, 2021
I Feel Like I'm Dying In My Sleep.
by: Bob Gibson

I had a similar experience for many years, my (new) doctor at the time diagnosed sleep apnea and I was fitted with a CPAP machine.Never had a problem since , unless i try to sleep without the CPAP machine.
Hope this helps.

Apr 07, 2022
Sleep Paralysis AND Solution NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had the same issue often since I was child, but for me it always happens right after I woke up and go back to sleep, your brain is active but your body become paralysis. However , what works for me is I pray for three times and it goes away right away , but it is straggle to even pray. The second thing is listening to a gospel verse as I go back again to sleep, and also sleeping on my stomach works.
This situation is not something to overlook because by any chance if you have any heart related issue you can really die suddenly. So try to overcome it by whatever works for you (prayer is the most effective way) and seek medical attention.

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The Stanford Sleep Book

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Dr. Dement's pioneering textbook has been the core text for Sleep and Dreams since 1980, but it has just recently been made available to the wider public for the first time.

In it you'll find a more detailed account of the most important things you need to know about sleep, alertness, dreams, and sleep disorders. Studies, statistics, plus plenty of Dr. Dement's classic anecdotes painting the history of sleep medicine.

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