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Sleep Paralysis

:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I hate it. At first it was absolutely frightening because I didn't have a clue what was happening. It started gradually with me not being able to move upon waking up, then I started seeing disturbing images along my bed. These images would be accompanied by a terrible feeling/presence at the foot of my bed, and I honestly thought I was dying because I felt so helpless and scared. Fast forward a couple of weeks and now I find myself fully accustomed to these episodes, and frankly I just find them extremely annoying. How can I make this stop from happening again? Its messing with my sleep.. -_-
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:iconedaofblacklagoon:
edaofblacklagoon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
after eating. u shouldn't sleep, cause once the food doesn't digest. it will cause a sleep paralyze.

second is u should close ur eyes hard before going to sleep, not a very soft closing eyes. make it hard and all dim. and always turn right or left. because if u sleep frontal then for sure it will attack u. trust me, this are the reason why people always suffers from it.
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, I don't see myself sleeping on my back anytime soon. The information about closing your eyes is interesting.
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:iconedaofblacklagoon:
edaofblacklagoon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;)
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:iconrockcreeper56:
RockCreeper56 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I've had that before, though I was aware it was sleep paralysis. It should go away with time, if it doesn't then I highly recommend a visit to the doctor.
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yep, that's what I think :nod:
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:iconelmida:
Elmida Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
You'd better see a doctor because this could be a serious sleep disorder.
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah maybe. I don't think there's to much to do except let it pass overtime. I could be wrong though
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:iconelmida:
Elmida Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I have a friend who gets serious medications for it.
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well, in that case I'll get it checked out so it doesn't turn into anything worse.
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:iconskytch:
Skytch Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
What have you tried so far as to solve this problem?
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I'm currently trying to get a full nights rest, and making sure I sleep the around the same time every night.
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:iconskytch:
Skytch Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
How many hours is that roughly?
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
meh, I try to get around 7-8hrs, but end up getting more along 4-5hrs. I'm a night owl.
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:iconskytch:
Skytch Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Have you tried sleeping pills yet?
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No
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:iconskytch:
Skytch Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Well, it's perhaps not a great idea. What I do sometimes to help me fall asleep is I get in bed and read a good book for 10-20 minutes.
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I tend to listen to music..that might be part of the problem.
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:iconfoxfeels:
foxfeels Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Someone may have already mentioned this in the comments below, but just in case they haven't — never fall asleep on your back. I struggle with sleep paralysis, too. I learned to stop sleeping on my back and I've not had an episode since. :meow:
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:iconalzircon:
alzircon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got sleep paralysis while sleeping on the side.=P
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:iconfoxfeels:
foxfeels Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Sleeping on your back lowers your chances at waking up during sleep paralysis, it doesn't stop it completely. But it helps. c:
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:iconalzircon:
alzircon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, I wrote that to someone else insisting to sleep on one's side to prevent it. I've had sleep paralysis on both my back and side. It was less ominous, though. I was more aware of it, said to myself in my head "Oh for fuck's sake :roll:" and my body was like "Oh shit, she's onto us, ABORT ABORT! :noes:" :giggle:
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:iconfoxfeels:
foxfeels Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Yeah, it's pretty scary that happens. :iconfoxcryplz:
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, I never sleep on back, its way to uncomfortable for me.
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:iconafterfield:
AfterField Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
This.
Sleeping on your side or on your stomach will really help.
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:iconmreviver:
mreviver Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with *shininginthedarkness. Improper sleeping habits are often what triggers it. I've had a couple episodes of it myself, and it was when I was taking a nap, not during a full night's sleep. My sister suffers from them often and it too is always during her naps.
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That's how it started with me. Random naps would lead to me seeing and hearing things that weren't truly there.
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:iconincandescentinsanity:
IncandescentInsanity Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I get this, except there are no images. I just start hearing my heartbeat and the blood flow through my body and it feels like my chest is going to explode

I'm not sure this is even the same thing but it's kind of similar since I can't move
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Your probably experiencing it as well. One time I heard footsteps next to my bed. So I looked it up, and have read other stories of a person hearing their heartbeat and mistaking them for footsteps.
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:iconzxy8:
zxy8 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I have sleep paralysis. I take medication. Go to your doctor and hopefully they will know what to give you.
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:iconoprahwinfreyx:
OprahWinfreyX Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
remember, don't sleep on your back
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:iconalzircon:
alzircon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, it can happen even if you're sleeping on your side. It's just more likely, when you're sleeping on your back.:lol:
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
As of now, I don't see images or feel a terrible presence. If anything I just wake up with a buzzing/tingling sensation all over my body.. o_O
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:iconsiantjudas:
siantjudas Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Don't sleep. It can't happen if you stay awake.
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I did that the first week it happened to me. It was no fun, but I only allowed myself to sleep a few hours each night, while researching what exactly was going on. It sucked, but it worked..
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:iconkingdragon01:
kingdragon01 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I had the same problem for several years, it just went away after a time.
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:iconwolfos96:
wolfos96 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I actually strive to achieve sleep paralysis. The only reason it's scary is because you allow yourself to become afraid when it occurs, which causes the nightmarish hallucinations. If you can stay calm when it jappens, the hallucinations will be a lot less scary. Plus, waiting it out can end up becoming a lucid dream! The one time I achievef sleep paralysis, I calmly waited it out, and the hallucinations that it left formed a fictional movie trailer. Give it a calm try next time, and see where it takes you!
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, the images don't really scare me anymore. Now I actually find them annoying, lol, mostly because not being able to move is frustrating.
I thank what you said about lucid dreaming is interesting though, so I'll probably try it out to see what happens.
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
*think
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:iconjuliabohemian:
Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I suffered from this for years. It was worst during periods of stress. They say that not getting enough sleep in general increases your chances. Some people find that a low dose SSRI helps.
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I figure it has something to do with a poor sleeping schedule, so I'm going to try and adjust mine
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:iconshininginthedarkness:
The best way to reduce episodes of sleep paralysis is to make sure you're getting adequate sleep, and you have a 'normal' sleep schedule - sleeping at night, and for 8 hours in a row.
If this isn't possible I don't know what else to do. I had annoying levels of sleep paralysis back when I worked third shift. I kind of learned to have fun with it after a while, but it still got on my nerves.
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, I'm working on my sleep schedule now.
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:iconshininginthedarkness:
Good, you'll probably see a huge improvement after that.
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:iconbleachrocks2010:
bleachrocks2010 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dont lay completely still staring at the ceiling because that is what causes it
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is another problem. I never sleep on my back (at least staring off). I sleep on my sides. O_o
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:iconbleachrocks2010:
bleachrocks2010 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always sleep on my sides but try sleeping on your back
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I'll give it a shot. I don't imagine it being to comfortable though
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:iconbleachrocks2010:
bleachrocks2010 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You'll get used to it over time just daydream or something to make you sleepy
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:iconthesurrealisticmind:
thesurrealisticMind Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
*starting
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:iconjade-abarai-kat:
Jade-Abarai-Kat Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I woke up once not being able to move, but i didn't have any crazy images stareing at me
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