I also suffer from sleep paralysis, though I have more frequent bouts than you do. It happens about once every two weeks, and it comes in two forms. In both, I’m partially awake. Sometimes there is a sense of apprehension, but they don’t take on definite forms. I can’t actually see what is threatening me.

In one, I literally can’t move, and only when, after some struggle, I finally succeed in rolling over from one side to the other, do I wake up. In the other, I can move, but I can’t wake up completely. It happened most recently yesterday morning. I was trashing around in bed for what seemed like several minutes before I finally willed myself to wake up completely.

When I finally woke up, I was relieved I was sleeping alone. I don’t even want to think of what someone else would have thought to see me trashing about like that. A part of me, however, thinks that perhaps the trashing may have been part of a nightmare, and it was all just a very bad dream.

Last year I was diagnosed with having sleep apnea after doing a sleep study. I also suffer from extreme anxiety and have been diagnosed by two separate psychiatrists. I wonder if my sleep paralysis is related. At any rate, it’s good to know that I’m not alone.

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