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My Sleep Paralysis - Panic and Trouble Breathing Before Learning To Relax

by Matt

I get Sleep Paralysis from time to time. In most cases, for some reason I get it when I'm trying to go to sleep when I'm not tired. I have experienced it at bedtime too though of course.

When I first started to experience Sleep Paralysis I was very scared & thought I was going to die. This was due to the trouble you get when breathing and I thought I was going to stop breathing. Which I think is down to panic during the paralysis from experience. And I really did fight to move my arms or legs and couldn't.

Fortunately I've had no weird visions and I think I have managed to open my eyes during paralysis for a few seconds. I am slowly getting used to it now and when I do experience it I have trained myself to not panic in the situation.

As I don't panic as much now during paralysis I find it is easier to breath and even though I can't move I think to myself don't worry you will snap out of this soon and in turn it seems to make the paralysis trips a lot shorter than what they were.

So anyone else who gets it next time it happens try to relax; although it is easier said than done but for me it has worked to a certain extent.

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Oct 28, 2010
Freaky Stuff
by: Anonymous

It seems every time I am about to fall asleep I get sleep paralysis. Sometimes it is induced by me thinking of scary things (even if it does sound childish). It is hard to explain but it goes a little like this. When I close my eyes and I am about to doze off, inside my head it starts blinking black and white followed by a difficulty to breathe. I do manage to get my eyes open but I often see strange things, so I try to keep them closed. It seems the only way I can snap myself out of this "transe" is by twitching my head. I know this sounds insane (believe my I KNOW) but I would really like to find out what's going on! Please help!

Aug 03, 2011
suffocating and paralysis sensation
by: k

omg..I have had this since i was a young girl. i am now 40..the only person i would share this with was my mother as i was too embarassed to go to a Doctor. She was supportive and admitted she had experienced this on a couple of occasions. I on the other hand have it a few times a week. i feel i am suffocating and cant move my body..i feel paralyzed...with extreme effort i eventually move my head and breathe..but it is frightening. I worry some night i will actually suffocate. k

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Apr 22, 2016
My sleep disorder NEW
by: Anonymous

I've been doing a lot of research and couldn't find any diagnosis related to my sleep disorder. I started experiencing it when I was 10 Years old, I'm 30 now. There are 3 main reasons i experience this: when I take a nap late in the afternoon, too much sleep or disrupted sleep. Usually it started with a paralysis and then difficulty of breathing (something is blocking my throat). I always try to relax but the longer it takes the more I struggle to breath. I move my toes to help me wake up, even though my mind is already awake. When I am able to recover, the cycle continues unless I will force myself to stand, walk a little and drink water. Usually when I recover I feel very tired and it gives me headache due to forcing my body to wake and struggling to breath. It gets worst when I moved her in the US, may be due to my change in sleeping pattern because I usually I sleep between 12am to 3am. I thought it was dur to poor circulation, but even if I exercise I still continue to experience it. It's really scary and I know I needed help. It's like sleep paralysis, but i know that it's more than that.

Jan 30, 2017
Creepy faces NEW
by: Anonymous

I do experience sleep paralysis from time to time. however I found out a way that could make it rare to happen. the way is simply is to never sleep on your back side. I don't know exactly why but it seems a common advise everywhere.

sleep paralysis itself can be handled but to me the scariest part which I always experience is the flashes I visual afterwards. creepy faces and weird patterns. this is unexplainable.

Nov 03, 2017
sleeping on my back does make it worse NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had this as long as I can remember (I'm now almost 50) and I am usually unable to breathe when it happens. The longest and worst episodes of being frozen and unable to breathe have definitely been when I was sleeping on my back.

Nov 30, 2020
Bright Lights, Paralysis, Suffocation NEW
by: Hannah

I find that whenever I try to take a nap during the day or in a place with harsh lighting I experience sleep paralysis. I can breathe or move and I just sit there trying to move my body. It's almost like I have to push to get everything to work again. It's so strange and I should probably see a doctor.

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