A very interesting doco on the experiences of those suffering from sleep paralysis. While very interesting, I really wouldn't recommend you watch this before going to bed! This doesn't delve into the medical explanations (the medical field has very few treatments to recommend, although they claim to know what causes it), it's the recounting of the experiences a group of people suffering this condition.
Most people I've spoken to of this have told me they've had at least one episode where they've woken, unable to move. I think it's quite a common thing, but for some of us, it happens on a more regular basis and is often accompanied by disturbing visions, sounds and/or sensations. I'm one of those that has been a regular sufferer of this over most of my life.
I have suffered this on and off over the years, sometimes regularly for extended periods, sometimes sporadically over periods of time and sometimes just one-offs.( Collapse )
Although I have sleep paralysis, I consider myself very lucky after hearing the experiences of the people in this documentary - my experiences could have been so very much worse!
I've come to the conclusion that, for me at least, it tends to be influenced by my environment as it's only happened in certain places and when I've moved from a place where it's happened, it stops. I worked nights for many years and I also found it never happened when I slept during the day. My family are nearly all sleep walkers and talkers at times, too, so I'd also venture there's a genetic factor involved.
I'd be very interested to hear if anyone else has experienced anything along these lines and I hope they weren't too terrifying for you.
I found this documentary quite comforting in that I've rarely gone into detail over my experiences as I thought mine were at the extreme end of the scale and even though my heart goes out to these people in the doco, I find it's a relief to know I'm not alone, self deluding or even if I may be above the average in scale of severity, I'm certainly not at the extreme.