Something really weird has happened to me last night (although there is an explanation) and I knew about this site, so I decided to register and post my story.
I went to bed around 4:15 AM; I had been chatting on MSN all night and totally forgot about the time. When I got in bed, I couldn't fall asleep. So I just lay on top of my covers, waiting for sleep to come.
Then all of a sudden, my whole body started to tingle. I could feel my arms and legs going numb, same feeling you get when your foot is asleep, I am sure you've all had it.
Then I felt a really heavy weight on me, I was not imagining this. It was almost as if someone was lying on top of me. I started shifting my body, trying to make it go away, when I realized I was unable to move. At this point I started to panic, and I wanted to kick my wall to wake up my mom and dad. My wall is made out of cardboard btw, so they would have heard me.
I couldn't do this though, so I tried to scream. I felt a finger pressuring on my throat, which kept me from screaming.
I could breath fine, and I wasn't in any sort of pain. Just a lot of panic and frustration. I think it all lasted a minute or 2. Then I started to calm down and close my eyes (yes my eyes had been open the entire time) and the pressure went away. I immediately sat up, and turned on my light.
I was so confused and scared, I tried to calm down and think about what the hell had just happened. I guess I just went back to sleep after that, I was pretty exhausted, and I didn't know what to think of it.
Anyway, I am talking to a friend on MSN right now, and I told him about what happened.
He googled some keywords and came up with this:
Sleep paralysis is a common condition characterized by transient partial or total paralysis of skeletal muscles and areflexia that occurs upon awakening from sleep or less often while falling asleep.
This leaves the person fully conscious, but unable to move. In addition, the state may be accompanied by terrifying hallucinations (hypnopompic or hypnagogic) and an acute sense of danger.
The paralysis can last from several seconds to several minutes "after which the individual may experience panic symptoms and the realization that the distorted perceptions were false."
Often it is reported as feeling a weight on one's chest, as if being underneath a person or heavy object.
These symptoms can last from mere seconds to several minutes (although they can feel like much longer) and can be frightening to the person. There may be some body movement, but it is very unlikely and hard for a person to accomplish.
Okay so, that sounds familiar.
I still feel like it was something/or someone pinning me down. I am almost sure about it.