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Sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations and vivid dreams. - December 15th 2013, 01:25 AM

Hi. So this is mostly a question of who has ever dealt with these.

I've been dealing with hypnagogic hallucinations for about a year and a half. I hear loud noises and random words when I'm falling asleep. The sleep paralysis, I got for the first time probably about three years ago. It was extremely infrequent until this past year. When I wake up, or am coming out of a heavy sleep, I am basically paralyzed for a few seconds until I fall asleep again and wake up properly and I can move. Sometimes I can move nothing but my tongue inside my mouth, and barely at that. Today I was flexing my foot and that was the only thing I could move. The vivid dreams, they're not vivid as in bright colors or loud noises, it's more that I'm extremely aware. I know people by name, every facial detail of someone I haven't seen in four years, an exact map of the downtown area, and I also know that I'm dreaming. For example, I dreamt I was stranded and had a friend come pick me up. I realized I was dreaming and said to him, "All I need to do to go home is wake up."
The hallucinations don't occur every time I fall asleep, but more often than not. The sleep paralysis occurs once every week or so. The vivid dreams is new. I've never been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, I'm not on medication, I haven't drastically changed my diet, but my anxiety has gotten worse, which it usually does this time of year. My question is, who else has dealt with these, what are your experiences, do you think it's connected to my anxiety, and is this really anything to worry about?

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Re: Sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations and vivid dreams. - December 15th 2013, 10:40 AM

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I get this too, so you're not alone. Most of my life I've been able to tell I'm dreaming during a nightmare and able to wake myself up. It stopped about a year ago but it's handy if you're getting too scared. The sleep paralysis I also get occasionally but it sounds like you have a very minor form as well. Some people have reported wild and terrifying hallucinations during sleep paralysis and some have led to full blown panic attacks because they can't get away from whatever is scaring them. Finding yourself unable to move when waking or falling asleep isn't dangerous and if it's not causing you any problems, I wouldn't worry about it too much.

I don't know whether it can get worse, it's been happening to me for years and I've only hallucinated during it once so it doesn't seem to be a progressive thing, but everyone is different.
Maybe you could start keeping a diary, make notes of what happens during the day, maybe what you eat, and if you can remember your dreams, them too. You might find a link somewhere and be able to use that to stop them.

Other than that, all I can suggest is googling around, I don't know much about it, only from experience, but there are associations out there with lots of information and support.


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Re: Sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations and vivid dreams. - December 15th 2013, 05:48 PM

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