Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sleep Paralysis - Camila Llosa 1st Post

         Going to sleep can be one of the most relaxing and satisfying feelings a person experiences. Sleep is vital and important in order for a human being to survive. But what if this sanctuary for the body or time of relaxation and rest becomes a nightmare. A terror making you uneasy in bed or even make you reject sleep.  Why would anyone not want to fall asleep or get the rest needed? The answer to this question may be, within a sleep disorder called sleep paralysis.The exact definition of sleep paralysis is a phenomenon in which people, either when falling asleep or wakening, temporarily experience an inability to move (being paralyzed).Regardless this definition does not cover or describe the exact sensations a person experiences while going through sleep paralysis. Imagine waking up to find you can't move a muscle. You may feel a presence in the room, near your bed or standing or on top of your chest, crushing your breath. Frequently these examples of sleep paralysis are accompanied by hallucinations and sensations of breathlessness. This experiences or hallucinations give rise to the myths of incubus and succubus. Incubus is a male demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women.  While succubus is a female demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men. Many people hallucinate images such as incubus or succubus that are night demons while sleep paralysis is happening.Some different sleep paralysis episodes come with a feeling of falling or leaving the body.  Many people that are unaware of this sleep disorder and maybe religious or believe on demonic entities become stressed by this experience.That’s why many people that experience sleep paralysis; learn to be afraid of falling asleep. Most people find out about the disorder but while people are clueless to this sleep phenomenon may become stressed and it may affect sleep cycles. But there is a scientifically explanation that gives ease to those who’ve experienced sleep paralysis and that were afraid of abduction or demonic possession. My experience was terrifying but instead of talking about it i will show a picture and video that depict and summarize better what it feels like and the scientific look on this disorder.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axeoTQtawt8


  1. Many of my friends suffer from sleep paralysis. I have heard many scary experiences from them and am scared of this ever happeneing to me. One of my friend started having sleep paralysis after someone shared their experiences with sleep paralysis.

  2. Sleep paralysis is frightening because you don't know when it's going to happen or if it even will. I don't know how I would have handled that situation aside from nearly having a heart attack.