Sleep paralysis happens when someone is either just falling asleep or about to wake up. When it occurs one will feel as though they cannot move or wake up fully. Many times people say that they feel a presence in the room with them. This presence is usually some type of "evil" that they feel might be out to get them. Many people experience this and feels as though the presence in the room is trying to attack them, and some even believe that they are on top of them and that is why they feel as if they cannot move. There were times when people believe that the presence was trying to rape them. I have experienced this on multiple occasions and it has been one of the most frightening things that I have ever experienced. I felt as though I couldn't move and that someone else was in the room with me. I began to panic and by the time that I came out of it I was terrified.
Sleep paralysis can happen for a number of different reasons, one being lack of sleep, narcolepsy,sleeping on your back, and stress are a few. It is important to realize when you are having a sleep paralysis episode so that you don't panic. It is a frightening feeling but it becomes easier to deal with once you realize what is going on.The element of thought that you could link this to is interpretation and inference because you want to be able to find a solution to the sleep paralysis.