I know this should probably be somewhere else(health and healing- spirituality?), but I wanted to see how many on here have suffered from sleep paralysis. (so can we leave it here for a bit?)
I didn't know what it was for quite a long time, the first time I brought it up to a Dr. was during my last pregnancy, prior to that, I had mentioned it to my mom and my dh (who both thought I was crazy or imagining things, although they didn't say that
). I told my OB about it, and she said she didn't know what it was, and that I probably just needed to sleep more. Well, she was probably partly right on that.
For those who don't know it is a state that happens generally when you first go to sleep, or when you are waking up, where you are awake and aware, but cannot move your body. For me it is very scary, and many have hallucinations during this time that make it even scarier, although all I have is real fright about the fact that I can hear everyone around me (dh and the kids) but I cannot get up and can't signal to them for help, the worst for me is when I nap with the kids, and one of them wakes up, I can hear them up and around, but I can't get myself up to be with them
Anyway, today, I finally starting looking for info on it. I found some interesting things- like how much more likely it is in the supine position (sleeping on your back), which makes total and complete sense to me, considering how I have it by far the worst when I am pregnant (I am usually a total tummy sleeper, and my back hurts when I sleep on my side due to arthritis). Also, people who suffer anxiety disorders are more likely to have it, I have had periods of anxiety myself, although nothing requiring medication. I also saw something that related it to a heart condition (which during my last pregnancy I had a lot of episodes of rapid heart rate, for no known reason).
Anyway, I am interested to know what others know about this, and possible ways to help. Many of you may be interested to read about how you can use the periods to have an "out-of-body" experience, which I simple have no interest in, I just want to have it not happen anymore!
So, suppossedly 6% of people have had at least one episode, and 3% have it once a week, so there must be some other mamas on here who have this happening too.
Anyone else here?