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Anyone experience repeated episodes of this?  It's very scary to be awake and unable to move.  Sometimes evil presences are in my face when it happens, but today it was just a struggle to move, I kept trying to open my eyes but it was so hard and I would try to scream and couldn't and then I'd have to gasp for breath.  Once I was able to actually get up I felt exhausted because I'd tried so hard to move for so long.  Also having more nightmares.  I can sleep 13 hours and still be tired, I think because of all the fear while sleeping.

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21 hours ago, CeremonyNewOrder said:

Have you seen a sleep specialist about this?

No, it's so random.  I may go many years without it happening but some years it happens a lot.  I wonder if there's even anything to be done about it.  

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I don't know if this is helpful, but I had a couple if years where I was having sleep paralysis a fair bit, and I eventually discovered that if I overheat while sleeping or I'm dehydrated, then it is likely to happen. I have only experienced it a few times since then. It's been years. I make sure I'm well hydrated and not too hot. I also noticed it only happened to me in the day. Can you pinpoint any commonalities like that with your episodes? 

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On 3/12/2021 at 6:37 PM, Melancholya said:

I don't know if this is helpful, but I had a couple if years where I was having sleep paralysis a fair bit, and I eventually discovered that if I overheat while sleeping or I'm dehydrated, then it is likely to happen. I have only experienced it a few times since then. It's been years. I make sure I'm well hydrated and not too hot. I also noticed it only happened to me in the day. Can you pinpoint any commonalities like that with your episodes? 

I can't pinpoint commonalities, but that is probably because I've never looked for them.  It's interesting you made those connections to heat & water, makes me think about what was going on when I've had it happen.  I've had it happen in the night and in the day, but I never thought about paying attention to possible triggers.  I should start writing it down when it happens so I can look for themes.  I wake up and write down my dreams sometimes (sometimes they are like full length movies with a complete plot) so it's not a stretch to write these down as well.  

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2 hours ago, Complicated toad said:

I can't pinpoint commonalities, but that is probably because I've never looked for them.  It's interesting you made those connections to heat & water, makes me think about what was going on when I've had it happen.  I've had it happen in the night and in the day, but I never thought about paying attention to possible triggers.  I should start writing it down when it happens so I can look for themes.  I wake up and write down my dreams sometimes (sometimes they are like full length movies with a complete plot) so it's not a stretch to write these down as well.  

I hope it helps and you can identify some possible causes! Sleep paralysis is terrifying so I really hope it gets better for you. 

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