When you go to bed and when you are just falling asleep or about to be awaken you might have experienced that your limbs do not work the way you want. Also, you feel that somebody is around your room. If you have this daring experience, probably you are suffering from sleep paralysis. This condition is also called the witch hag syndrome. Those who suffer from this condition often feel that an unknown creature is either pressing his or her chest or sitting on the chest. It has been found that sufferers of this disorder also suffer from such disorders as sleep apnea, anxiety and migraines.
When physiology of sleep paralysis is analyzed, it has been found that it is closely related to Rapid Eye Movement sleep. However, when someone experiences this disorder it is found that rapid eye movement is not lost though he is unable to move his limbs or speak. Due to this reason, most people get terrified when they wake up with bouts of this disorder. Also, they feel that intruders are present in their rooms. This is explained by neurologist as a state created by mid brain.
The only way to diagnose sleep paralysis is to make sure that the sufferer is not having any other similar disorders. Once this fact is established, the symptoms the sufferer shows are compared with the documented symptoms that have been established earlier. Through this system a successful diagnosis is made. When it comes to treatment of this sleep disorder the best thing is to get sufferers to learn better sleep habits. However, for serious cases there are effective drugs that could be administered in order to bring about relief. Since these drugs do not bring about relief for all the sufferers, research has not yet been able to find a drug that certainly cures sleep paralysis.
The following are some of the experiences of sufferers of this disorder as they describe.
1- Whisper in Sleep Paralysis
Whisper: I heard a whisper of someone in my ear but I didn’t see anyone. However, I was unable to move my limbs, but a balloon type head keep hovering and then moved away till I had a sigh of relief.
2- The Cat Ghost
There was a cat and the body was transparent. I had three episodes of sleep paralysis. Once it was eye to eye contact then his eyes turned red, soon blood oozed out of his eyes before he jumped out leaving a trail of blood behind.
3- Two to Play Music
My mom’s experience of a sleep paralysis: My mother once has seen two men playing music with two instruments at the foot of her bed. When she was about to wake up they have gone telling that it is time for them to go.
4- With a Skeleton
Seeing different sleep paralysis: I have experiences of different types. Once it was a skeleton that danced with me and I was scared of skeleton’s ice cold hands. The skeleton swirled and moved so fast that I could feel air blowing around it. Soon when it disappeared, dist remained suspended and there was mist and fragrance all around.
5- Demon Encountered
Difficult to wake up in sleep paralysis: I have not had any encounters with demons though I often feel their presence. I also felt that I could see but I couldn’t move. It is a terrifying experience.
6- A Child Attempted to Choke Me
Different but scary things: I have seen very many different scary things. Once a child trying to choke me. Another time another child ghost appeared at the foot of my bed and many more. I am unable to call for help because my voice will not come out. Can’t do anything either as my body won’t respond.
7- Laughing Ghosts
Laughing ghosts: My experience is seeing ghosts that are laughing at me. Sometimes they are behind me and I cannot see them. Sometimes they advance at me from front.
8- Aging Ghost
Aging Ghost: I saw a beautiful figure in front of me and she started aging. Now I am sitting in front of her but I cannot move. This is my only experience in sleep paralysis.
9- They Try To Get Me
They try to get me: Most my hallucinations are forgotten but they are always evil. They try to get me but I cannot cry for help or move a finger.