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Sleep Paralysis


I'm 19 years old and to this day the memories still haunt me. Junior High was a bad experience for me and in 8th grade I was severely depressed. My daily routine was getting ready for school, going to school, coming home, sleeping and then waking to repeat the routine. I had no friends and I was constantly bullied at school.

I would sleep a lot as I was depressed and thought I was useless and life was a waste. But I always dreaded the minutes it took for me to fall asleep and the moments when I woke. Almost every day when I would wake up I would become frozen in my body. I couldn't move nor talk. It was scary, indescribable. I got use to the fact that this happened often but one night just really made me scared.

I was watching TV in the living room and my mom was on the computer right across the room. It was around 2 am and I was finally falling asleep trying to finish the show I was watching. My mom said she was going to bed and if I was going to sleep on the couch that I need to turn the TV off. I said ok and she went to bed. I kept the TV on because I hadn't yet felt as though I was going to sleep anytime soon, but as I begun to fall asleep I felt my eyes blinking and my body trying to move but I couldn't. As I laid there helpless I heard my mom come out of her room and ask if I was awake and I couldn't speak or move so she turned the TV off and went to bed.

The next morning I told my mom about what happened and she went on to say she never came out and turned the TV off, although I woke up in the morning to the TV being off.

After being prescribe Zoloft for my depression and finally discovering I was suffering from sleep paralysis I attended therapy and now I don't suffer from it anymore, but to this day I have no clue how the TV got turned off.

Please share your comments and if you ever experienced anything similar.

Thank you.

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aussiedaz (19 stories) (1547 posts)
13 years ago (2010-03-31)
chessababi, my heart goes out to you, what an awful time you had in junior high, those bullies should be ashamed of themselves, they are immature twits, karma will pay them a visit down the track I'm sure, it is good to hear you have your life in order now and don't ever think that you are useless, there is a big beautiful world out there and you are a part of it... I'm not sure how the tv turned of!... It is odd, maybe your mum was sleep walking? Thank you for sharing your story,
Take care God bless.
Grimm-Reaper24 (1 stories) (31 posts)
13 years ago (2010-03-30)
i've had something similar to that happen to me but instead it was quite the opposite. Instead of not being able to move or talk, how about struggling to wake up from a dream but not being able to, trying to force myself to wake up but my subconscience has me locked in so tight that I'm helpless to do anything.
emeraldstone (2 stories) (8 posts)
13 years ago (2010-03-29)
I have experience that before many times and each time is scary. I try to call out for someone to wake me but it never happens. Where can I get that therapy? 😁
AlyshaMarie (2 posts)
13 years ago (2010-03-29)
If your mother didn't do it, something did. I've suffered from the same thing all my life and I used to sleep in the basement at my mother's house where I would sometimes feel like there was a presence around me. Some say it's a matter of "ghost rape" but Sylvia Brown would disagree and I happen to respect her a lot. Her idea of this is astral travel which is when your spirit leaves your body to travel home. If you ask me, this totally makes sense especially in your situation. Home being the other side to visit deceased friends and family and what not as an escape from the boundaries and sadness of this world. I was abused by my mother so it would make sense that this was an escape for me but I still experience it no longer living with her and it's still a little frightening regardless. Not really something one gets used to. So if it wasn't another entity, a good possibility is that it was your own spirit turning it off upon it's return or departure of your body because you had it in mind to do so. Something to think about. I hope this has helped! ❤

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