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Loss Of Breath While Sleeping


I'm a 21 year old male living in Birmingham in England and as of a couple minutes ago, a member to this site. Usually on the nights I like to read through random sites and discovered this place. After about 10 minutes of reading, I noticed a link to a page of sleep paralysis stories which instantly sparked an almost forgotten memory.

Before I carry on, I should let you know that I rarely dream in first person, more like watching a movie with different camera angles and scenes. But I'll stop boring you and crack on with my story.

A while back when I was 14, maybe 15, I was asleep and I suddenly stopped breathing. But rather than not being able to breathe, it was like it was restricted but able to breathe in more than out so I sat up and tried shouting for my mom. But my words came out like whispers, but my vocal chords felt like I was screaming. Until suddenly it was like I had awoken from a dream but gasping for air. The experience lasted about 15 seconds and felt pretty real.

At the time I shrugged it off as a nightmare. Going back to what I said earlier, I dream in camera angles and scenes but it all happened in first person and it didn't seem like a dream because I remember my movements and how I looked at my door expecting my mom to burst in.

The next day I asked my mom if she had heard any screaming and she said she didn't. Was I dreaming or did I have a paranormal experience? Was some entity stopping me from breathing and calling for help? Even now I'm not sure but I hope this sparks some good discussion.

Sorry for it being a little long winded (or you could say short winded) but it's hard to describe the experience.

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Lunahenry (2 stories) (50 posts)
9 years ago (2014-11-24)
Sounds like you had an episode of sleep apnea where you can stop breathing while sleeping.
spookie1 (5 stories) (72 posts)
9 years ago (2014-11-24)
I just think it was a bad dream, in nightmares screaming but only hearing whispers is very common. And there is a first time for everything (reffering to the dreaming un first person) so I just think it was a bad dream 😊

elnoraemily (guest)
9 years ago (2014-11-24)
I agree with Mandy. It does sound like sleep paralysis.

I had a disorder as child that would basically give me asthma attacks in my sleep, just without the asthma. Not good memories, at all.
MandyyNicole (7 stories) (183 posts)
9 years ago (2014-11-24)
It does sound much like sleep paralysis or a bad dream. Do you have asthma or were you ill at the time? It's possible you had slight breathing trouble and it incorporated itself into your dream.

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