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    I want to know if anyone else has had the sleeping disorder SP and how they cured themselves? I have been suffering with SP for 5 years. At first I thought I was just having some weird nightmares. I wake up and can't move my body or scream out. I can only move my eyes. Weird things happen around me, like demons trying to hurt me, it is pretty much feeling like I am going to die.

    I went to my doctor about it and he said SP occurs because during deep sleep our body is paralysed so we don't act out our dreams and the waking up but only moving my eyes is to do with REM eye movement in sleep. My body is waking up before my brain realises so I am still paralysed and seeing visions of my dreams with my eyes open. There is no cure for SP. Some people only experience it once, other people experience it regularly. It happens to me anywhere from 2-10 times a month.

    My latest experience was today and it gets worse and worse. I could feel my body becoming paralysed again and my eyes were open. In front of me was the outline of a girl with shaggy black hair she was trying to twist her way in to my stomach like a demon, like a demon trying to take over my body. I started panicking and my breathing got slower and my heart started to race. She grabbed hold of my neck and I couldn't breathe. I closed my eyes tight and told myself in a few minutes it would be over and my body would start to move. After a few minutes my body jolted and I could move again. It is seriously affecting me. I have lack of sleep because I am too scared to sleep. I don't smoke anything, I don't do drugs, this is a real life condition and I don't really know what to do since there is no cure. I am looking for some suggestions because SP is starting to take control of my life
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    How do you sleep? I find I get sleep paralysis I if I sleep on my front and also if I wake up the fall straight back to sleep. So if you wake up early try just getting up and not going back to sleep.
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    (Original post by iJess)
    I want to know if anyone else has had the sleeping disorder SP and how they cured themselves? I have been suffering with SP for 5 years. At first I thought I was just having some weird nightmares. I wake up and can't move my body or scream out. I can only move my eyes. Weird things happen around me, like demons trying to hurt me, it is pretty much feeling like I am going to die.

    I went to my doctor about it and he said SP occurs because during deep sleep our body is paralysed so we don't act out our dreams and the waking up but only moving my eyes is to do with REM eye movement in sleep. My body is waking up before my brain realises so I am still paralysed and seeing visions of my dreams with my eyes open. There is no cure for SP. Some people only experience it once, other people experience it regularly. It happens to me anywhere from 2-10 times a month.

    My latest experience was today and it gets worse and worse. I could feel my body becoming paralysed again and my eyes were open. In front of me was the outline of a girl with shaggy black hair she was trying to twist her way in to my stomach like a demon, like a demon trying to take over my body. I started panicking and my breathing got slower and my heart started to race. She grabbed hold of my neck and I couldn't breathe. I closed my eyes tight and told myself in a few minutes it would be over and my body would start to move. After a few minutes my body jolted and I could move again. It is seriously affecting me. I have lack of sleep because I am too scared to sleep. I don't smoke anything, I don't do drugs, this is a real life condition and I don't really know what to do since there is no cure. I am looking for some suggestions because SP is starting to take control of my life
    It used to happen me .Instead of fighting against it , just let it be and close your eyes .I know thats going to be hard , but it worked for me ..
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    i never heard of it before and then suddenley i got it twice in the last month! along with auditory hallucinations as well out of body experiences- but hey, ive always been a funny sleeper

    but my gosh, ive never had it to the extent you have! It kind of helps that i lucid dream, so when i see demons (the 2 times ive been paralysed) i knew it was a dream so i just kept telling myself not to panic.

    could you try doing that?
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    I sleep on my side and sometimes my back, it mostly happens when I sleep on my back, it's so hard to let it just be there because I literally feel like I am dying

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