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Solution I Have To Waking Up From Sleep Paralysis

by Tommy
(New Jersey)

Here is how sleep paralysis happens to me:

I'm laying on my back and trying to move in anyway possible. It feels like my ability to move has been drained away. I give ever bit of my will to move my arms or legs and sometimes I'm able to move them slightly.

Usually I'll begin to think to myself "it's happening again." Then there is always that bit of doubt. It feels so real that you are not entirely convinced that you are still sleeping.

At this point (probably a few minutes into this) your body is starting to get closer to awakening. This is when it seems even more vivid. This is when I'll start to hear noises. For example, I could hear the sound of somebody using a key to open the front door. It's the exact sound I hear when I'm awake. I then have the feeling that somebody is present in the room but I'm unable to see them. This is usually where the dream state peaks.

At this point I'll try to call out to the other person in the room but my voice is gone. I can maybe muster up a very very almost inaudible volume of sound that of coarse the other person won't be able to hear. Now is when I'm getting very frustrated.

This is the conclusion. At this point I am telling myself very loudly and strongly that this is a dream and I have to wake myself up through sheer willpower.

Here is my trick that seems to help every time.

You have to jolt yourself with a burst of energy to wake up. What usually works for me is to try and imagine yourself rolling off the couch or bed and tell yourself that when you hit the ground you will wake up. If it doesn't work the first time just keep trying and eventually it will work.

I'm a 35 year old male and this has been happening since I was a teenager. You will all be fine. This is just a sleeping phenomenon. Good luck everyone. You will always wake up!

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Feb 26, 2018
Nothing seems to work NEW
by: Tye Dixon

Your explanation sounds so familiar. I have just awoken from my 3rd episode in 2 nights. In my last episode I tried your trick twice and was unable to wake. Only through being able to mumble which my wife heard as a cry was she able to drag me from this horrific event. The first episode ended when my wife woke me followed by me throwing my fist toward her. Do you have any other tricks?

Mar 03, 2018
One method that worked for me. NEW
by: Jeff

I have found that most attempts to abort sleep paralysis fail. I manage my episodes well and no longer fear them so the best strategy is to ride it out and not fight it. In one unpleasant episode, I did initially attempt to abort it, which failed. I then came up with the idea that if I let it run its course for awhile, there would be a better chance of ending it (like hiccups), so I counted to 15, gathered my energy and successfully snapped myself awake.

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