I've been trying to submit this for a while now, I was either busy or the page was down so I'm glad I can finally get this out of the way. In my first post I said I sometimes had sleep paralysis and it didn't affect me to the point that I needed to go into detail about it.
After having it once a month when I was 13 and 14, I now have it twice a fortnight or more and it annoys me because I'm afraid to go to sleep now and stay up which annoys my mum and she's threatened to take me to see a doctor if I don't sleep during the night rather than the day. I went to bed this morning at 5am and slept until 2pm, also recently I've seen shadows when I turn corners, or I feel like I'm being watched.
The first time it started to bug me was earlier this year when I woke up in the morning at my mum's house, it must have been 10am and it was abnormal for this to happen to me in the late morning as it usually happens around 12-4am. Anyway I woke up and all of a sudden I felt myself being slowly pushed down into the mattress and I started panicking because I knew what that meant and usually I can feel myself going into it so I move around or lift myself off the bed for a bit before going back to sleep but this time it was too late and I could only try and fight it, even though I couldn't move at all and felt pressure on my head. Then I felt buzzing all over me, I could hear it as well as feel it, it's like having a million bees swarm over you, so I tried to call out for someone. I could hear my brother playing in the next room with his friend and they're around 7 so they were loud. I could just about mumble my brother's name to try and get his attention and did this for ages until I was just so exhausted I fell asleep again. I don't know how, sometimes I get so exhausted fighting it I just give up and collapse and it scares me. I know I wasn't dreaming because when I woke up an hour later I found my brother and his friend playing in the next room.
Another time, this time at my dad's house, I woke up and felt myself going into it. Out of the blue, I felt a hand on my head and it just patted me for a while, not affectionately, it was just the palm above my ear, not moving, and the fingers lightly patting my head. It was really weird and I had a hard time breathing whilst it was happening which wasn't good at all because my head was turned into my pillow. Again I fell asleep exhausted and the next morning asked my dad if he came into my room to check up on me and patted my head. When he said he didn't I was spooked, my dad wouldn't pat my head like that and he doesn't check up on me anymore.
I also can't sleep very well now, waking up at around 3am (I realise this is common with some people in similar situations) and at one point I woke up at 3:33am and freaked out because my friend had told me after I told her what was happening that 3am is when someone is most likely watching you. I also had paralysis again two nights ago, waking up to thinking my mum was in the room with me so I mumbled out to her, like I had when I heard my brother, to snap me out of it and I was trying to convince her that I wasn't messing around and that this was real. I could see her next to my bed standing towards the end of it, but in the back of my mind I knew she wasn't really my mum (things were different, like her hair length) and she kept telling me I was being silly and to stop struggling around and calm down. Again I became exhausted and just went to sleep again despite being scared to death.
Things that happen around me like my "mum" appearing before me and the buzzing all feels real and when I physically get up and walk around after it nothing in the room has changed and sounds that went on in the paralysis like cars or the construction work outside were still there. I don't like turning my back on my room doorway at night and it takes me at least 2 hours to get to sleep without music or reading. I want this to stop and my mood is getting worse. I'm never tired during the day and don't want to sleep, but I know I need to.
What's happening and what can I do to stop it? This time I need help, what I've been experiencing sounds typical like other stories but I feel that this is all way too real. It's stopping me from sleeping and I'm losing patience.
I'm grateful for any ideas, thanks for reading!