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Sleep Deprived Mom Experiencing Sleep Paralysis

by Amy
(Boston, MA)

My son is 6 weeks old and needless to say I haven't gotten much sleep. The night before my sleep paralysis experience, I had only gotten 2 hours of sleep. This is my experience:

Tonight I slept on the couch because my son hasn't been sleeping well. He's actually across from me sleeping in his swing. Well, in the dream I woke up on my couch and it all looked the same and my son was still sleeping in the swing. However, I was paralyzed and I couldn't move off the couch to get to him. Finally the paralysis started to wear off, but I had to drag my body to my phone to call my husband to come home. When he got home he didn't believe me and went back to work. I "woke up" or so I thought in the same place on my couch. This time my son was on the floor. I went to him and he was frozen/paralyzed like I had been! I try to leave with him to get help, but outside my door is a man in a creepy costume running full speed at us as I struggle to close the door and lock it. That's the most I can remember before I finally woke up. It was terrifying because it felt so real! I guess the part where my son is paralyzed is the lucid dream part maybe?

Also, when I was experiencing the sleep paralysis, my brain was telling me that someone was in my house injecting me with something that was making me paralyzed. So I was feeling afraid that someone was in my house trying to hurt me and my son. It was definitely more frightening than any nightmare I'd ever had before!

Kevin: Hey Amy, that sure does sound very frightening. I'm glad though that you have the resourcefulness to look up information about sleep paralysis. While episodes can be unbelievably scary and life-like, my belief is that they are just dreams and dream projections--amazing stories that our mind cooks up using our fears and our immediate environment (which of course makes it more real!).

If you'd like to learn more about sleep paralysis, and potentially get some advice to make any future episodes less scary, I recommend Ryan Hurd's book, Sleep Paralysis: A Dreamer's Guide.

All the best to you and your son!

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Mar 17, 2012
Mom of 3 experiencing sleep paralysis NEW
by: 21st century flowerchild

Hi. I experience sleep paralysis from time to time, mostly in spurts. The last few weeks have been pretty bad.
I am a mother of 3 boys...3,6, and 9. I go to bed at 2am because I am a night owl and can't get enough of the radio show Coast to Coast which airs from 10-2am where I live. I should be waking up at 7:30 to send my kids off to school, but at that time, no one can even talk to me.
My alarm will be going off right next to my head(loud enough to wake up the whole neighborhood), but I don't hear it. My sons and husband try to come in and talk to me and I know they are trying to say something to me (after they shake me), but I am COMPLETELY unable to respond...can't move, it's like my limbs are made of lead; I try so hard but end up giving up. Sometimes I can mumble, but I don't make any sense.
I have been starting to stir around 9:30, but can't fully pull myself out of bed until 10 or 10;30. Sometimes I remember them talking to me like it was a dream; sometimes I don't remember at all, even after them telling me about it.
This doesn't make any sense to me. I have lived on 6-7 hrs of sleep for so long and I wake up tired, but am still able to wake. By 10:30am, that should be about 8hrs of sleep, and I still am having issues waking. How much sleep could I possibly need??!lol Thanks for reading.

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