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old hag syndrome - February 2nd 2009, 11:10 AM

(credit to Christine for first telling me what this was.)

Old hag syndrome is actually sleep paralysis. Sleep Paralysis is when your body is in R.E.M. sleep (usually the sleep in which lucid dreams occur) and your mind wakes up, yet your body remains sleeping. You are almost completely paralyzed, as in R.E.M. sleep, so you basically wake up, you can't breathe all too well (your chest muscles are paralyzed), and you have this, feeling of overwhelming doom.. and you can't move or scream. But you can see and hear and feel. And it's possibly the scariest thing ever.

Wikipedia says 15% of all people will expeirience it sometime in there life. that doesn't seem like much to me, esp. since I think I might have a problem.

see, I get sleep paralysis at least 3-4 times a month. Always within the first 15 minutes of sleep, and it seems to almost always incite a flashback of past trauma for me. So I'll be paralyzed, and be having a flashback.

I checked to see what causes it, but it seems like stress and sleep posistion are some of the only causes, I sleep on my side. It says if you sleep on your back it's more likely. It has happened when I slept on my back a few times though.

any advice? anyone else expeirienced sleep paralysis?
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Re: old hag syndrome - February 2nd 2009, 12:11 PM

Yep I have it if I take a nap during the day. I always end up on my back not being able to wake up.
I've had it for about a year. I basically try not to take too many naps and not fall asleep when I'm angry or upset.
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Re: old hag syndrome - February 2nd 2009, 01:59 PM

I went through a saga of about two or three weeks where this kept happening to me. It is a truly terrifying sensation. I tried to scream, but I couldn't... my heart was pounding in my ears. Honestly, it feels like you're dying. And than suddenly snap out of it. I hate that more than anything. To me, it's possibly the worst feeling in the world. If I were you, I wouldn't be able to stand it. I'm not sure what could be causing it, but I'd see a doctor to get some sleep meds. I really hate that feeling.

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