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I Just Got Sleep Paralysis Today!!

by Jasmine
(Massachusetts )

Hey, what's up my name is jasmine. I am 14 years old and I'm a very hard working teenager. I am an honor roll student and I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up because I love animals and I want to help them. I have two dogs named Tyson and Emma. I also have a cat named Harley. I love them so much and they mean the world to me.

My school hours for Monday thru Thursday are 7:20am - 4:20 pm. I have very long and overwhelming weeks at school because I never get enough sleep. But on Fridays we get out early. (7:20am - 11:45 pm). I really enjoy Fridays because there is a lot of time to unwind after school. I was really tired today after school so I decided to have a quick meal and then catch a nap. I slept for about and hour and a half. ( with my cat harley😛).

Then about 20-30 minutes later I woke up. But it felt very weird because I could not move at all. I felt as if I was paralyzed. From head to toe I could not move and I could not speak. I think my eyes were closed. I don't know why but I pictured a vision in my head of scissors!! And I heard very loud noises. It was beyond normal and above weird.

My breathing felt normal and I began to get a little scared. So I tried to shake my body so I could wake up. And I finally woke up. It lasted for about a minute. I have experienced sleep paralysis before and it's not a good feeling. I have had sleep paralysis where my eyes were open and I experience it a couple times a year. It happens most when I take naps during the day.

I think scientists and doctors should really research and dive into this topic more because so many people struggle with it. Well, I think I should go and do my homework now. Thank you for taking time to read my story I really appreciate it. Please share it with others if you can and sorry it's so long. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and have a great happy halloween. Thank you and goodbye.

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