So I suffer from sleep paralysis, google it, it?s not good shit. In a nut shell your body paralizes itself while you sleep, so you don?t hurt yourself. Normally this wears off before you wake up. If you have sleep paralysis you wake up fully conscious, but still dreaming, and you can?t move or scream. The panic attack feels like you are dying and you hallucinate something crazy. Must hallucinations involve an old hag, or demon, sitting on you, because your lungs aren?t working and the mind does wonderful things when are you are quasi dreaming. It?s how the myth of the incubus started.
Moving right along, this started for me when I was about 8. I?d wake up, couldn?t move, scream, and there was a shadow at my door. Happened for years, and it slowly moved over to my bed, till it was right on me. I swore it off as me being insane, but I woke up screaming a lot. Explaining things to your parents at this age doesn?t work, they think you are afraid of the boogeyman. I dealt with this for about 2 years, till it got bad enough I was taken to a sleep specialist. Who promptly figured out what was going on and why.
For about 2 years or so I slept fine, knowing what the problem was helped. And the doctor told me ?the good news is this normal?, so all good. Well a while later the shadow came back. No problem, it?s normal. Then one night the shadow was on me again, and I hear in my brain ?the good news is this normal, the bad news is I?m real?.
I still suffer for it, but now it?s not that bad. Something like 1 out of 10 have it. If you don?t fight it, not bad, if you do your body freaks out that you can?t move or talk and you start to see things.