Re "It takes every ounce of will power to get out of them. ": That was a nice coincidence: I just posted a msg on the lucid-dreaming thread about "night terrors" when I registered your discussion of "sleep paralysis"
Though I've never had to suffer this state I understand that if you do have that experience you should *not* try to escape using your will power. On the contrary, you should just relax, let yourself go, and after a few moments try moving a finger. Making any effort only worsens the situation . . . didn't MMY say something like that? ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <awoelflebater@...> wrote : ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <fleetwood_macncheese@...> wrote : The sleep paralysis is an interesting explanation. I do recall, though, (30 years ago), that she heard them on the stairs first and then they came into the room, described their big black eyes, and small form. Glad I didn't wake up. She didn't talk about it afterwards, and being such a traumatic experience for her, it wouldn't have been very considerate for me to ask her about it. We were not UFO buffs at all. Weird stuff, and like you say, maddeningly, never definitive. I have had many sleep paralysis events and I hate them. It takes every ounce of will power to get out of them. Sometimes you think you have moved and woken up but then realize as you look around the room or actually think you have gotten out of bed that things are just a tad too different, a bit too strange so then you go back to realizing you're are still struggling to come awake and sometimes your eyes are half open and you see stuff in the room but you can't move and the dream world starts to move in again and if feels terrible. I remember very clearly in a little house my husband and I owned that when he used to get up very early to go to a job site about two hours away and I was still sleeping I would be lying there well after he had left and could hear very clear slow and measured footsteps in the hallway on the hardwood. It wasn't really scary but it was very, very clear and very audible. No one ever came into the room but I still swear either the house was haunted or... I don't know what. - -