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My Boyfriend Calls It The Sleep Monster

by Amy

I've been having them since I was 14 years old and never been to the doctors. You can't take a pill or anything for it to go away. So, I just deal with it. You know when it'll come.

I haven't had it for a few years now and now I am 28. Today, I took a nap when it came. I was surprised it happened today bc it has been a loooong time. Normally, I feel a huge pressure on me, I can't speak/yell/talk, or move. Sometimes I do feel like a can move a bit. I was trying really hard to bang my feet on the ground. I normally call that an outer body experience. You feel like your mind is there and your body isn't. The motions aren't the same.

Trying to shake and wake myself up. I felt a big pressure throwing my feet back, not to move. I do believe good and evil exist. Most people know its the evil messing with you. This seems to happen more often with me when I am more spiritual. When you are more spiritual you are more drawn to other spirits good and bad.

These episodes use to happen when I was a kid too. I would tell my sister to wake or shake me if she heard me trying to speak. I can always hear exactly what's going on when it happens. Like my boyfriend on the computer typing, the radio is on, I can hear regular and normal things going on. Today, I tried to yell for my boyfriends name hoping he hear to wake me but I didn't snap out of it till 15min later (it seems like). Then, I had to explain to him if he sees me trying to speak, or if I hit him if he is next to me to wake me.

I know I don't have a sleeping problem bc I do sleep well. Yes, I sometimes hear a ringing noise right before it comes. Thats when I try to wake up before it happens, which has happened a few times. I'll get up and turn on the light or just stay awake.

Most of the time if I get up before the ringing noise eventually it'll happen later that night or I just hope and pray it won't come back. When I use to get it a lot. It got to the point where I just ignore it and I wouldn't try to move or speak and try to sleep it off (after many episodes) you just learn how to deal with it. Btw I was doing some research on this and came by this helpful site. I hope this helps anybody

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