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The other night, I "woke up" but could not move, or open my eyes, or breathe. I kept trying to get Judd's attention but I could barely whisper. I mean like nothing, and he didn't move. I really couldn't breathe at all and felt like I was dying. Right when I was really starting to panic. I opened my eyes and gasped for breath, and Judd was definitely fast asleep. I was awake the whole time but it felt like a dream....and since he didn't react, I thought it was a dream and fell back to Sleep.
This also happened to me when I was on a trip to San Diego with my mom, same deal, but I don't remember not breathing, only not able to speak/move/open eyes....same thing, woke up, no response by my mom. Relegated the experience to dreaming. Actually Ive had these things for ages.I had night-terrors as a kid too.(when you're up and moving with open eyes but still in a dream...or nightmare usually)
Turns out the thing the other night is called Sleep Paralysis, and has been happening to people for thousands of years!!!!!! Heather told me that people call this a "sitting ghost" and in many cultures it's believed to be variations of demons or ghosts sitting on your chest. Science says otherwise, but it's nice to know it's not just a fucked up nightmare, or maybe it is?
Wiki entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis