I’d never thought I would write about this , yet here I am. The first time it happened was like the freakiest and most scariest thing I’ve ever gone through. Sleep paralysis is a situation when the body is literally ‘paralysed’ although you’re awake. It happens when one is falling asleep or awakening. It might not sound that serious, yet it is.
My Experience: It was like every regular day, and I was off to bed. I hadn’t been sleeping well because I had to study for some time because I had been really busy. Then, I was slowly falling asleep, when I felt this huge wind blowing across my face. I felt like there was pressure on my chest, like someone was literally sitting on me. I could see my surroundings and my sister was right next to me on the bed. I tried to talk or even make a sound, I tried to move my body, my hands and my feet but all to no avail. I thought it was some kind of spiritual attack. I was so scared. I was saying a prayer in my head like “God please protect me, I don’t want to die”. Just like it came, it suddenly stopped. I could move again. I didn’t know what the heck happened. I couldn’t tell my parents or siblings or anyone about it, because I thought something was really wrong with me. And then, it happened a couple of other times. I was terrified. I was really afraid of going to bed, because I thought one day I might die in my sleep and no one would notice. I always held my bible close to me when I slept.What really pushed me to make research about it was when my sister told me something like that had happened to her a few months later. It was some kind of relief. I decided to search about that feeling on the internet and bam, I found sleep paralysis. I was so relieved to know I was normal and It could be solved.
My Research: I found out it happens to people at least once in their lifetime. It is caused by lack of sleep , irregular sleep patterns and weirdly, sleeping on your back. In some cases , people might see weird figures or things that aren’t even there. An episode last for about 20-30 seconds but it feels like minutes to those experiencing it. The solution was simple, sleep more and at a particular time and don’t sleep on your back, instead on your sides. Since then, I always make sure I sleep well, if I feel sleepy I don’t force my self to work more and to sleep for at least 7hrs a day from 10:00pm – 6:00am in the morning. Now, I rarely have occurences of sleep paralysis and I feel better knowing it’s okay and it’s never killed anyone before. I am indeed grateful to God and the internet for that information. I’ll try to sleep more and take care of my self better now.
If you’ve ever experienced sleep paralysis, please let me know, I’d be really comforting to know I’m alone. The point is , Don’t ever neglect sleep. I had to learn that the hard way. Thanks for reading.