Monday, 9 December 2013

SLEEP PARALYSIS - INCUBUS AND OLD HAG

  
Fancy having this sitting on your chest.


  
  Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and found that you cannot move, or even cry out for help,  then you  may well have experienced sleep paralysis.  If, during this bizarre paralysis, you suddenly felt that someone or something was watching you, you have come face to face with the waking hallucination known as the Intruder. If all this happens then a ghastly creature resembling a gnome or an old hag crawls onto you to whisper sweet nothings into your ear, congratulations, you are one of the lucky ones to know the Incubus.
But don't worry you are not alone.
Sleep Paralysis or to give it is scientific term Hypnagogic Hallucinations is quite common with up to 40% of the worlds population experiencing  the event at some time in their lives.
What causes sleep paralysis isn,t quite certain however the Greek physician Galen attributed it to indigestion!

Heres an example of a sufferers experience:
I am a 27 year old female and have been suffering for the past 12 or so years. It started just being unable to move, like someone was on top of me, pinning me down. And although I was trying with all my might to move or to scream, all I could do was barely wiggle my toes and faintly murmur. In the beginning it was very frightening and I would try with all my might to wake up. Upon waking I would be unable to resume sleep for at least a few hours. Now I have become somewhat used to them. Sometimes I even lie back and see how long I can take that awful, overpowering feeling. In the end, I always try to wake myself up. Over the years this "thing" has kind of metamorphosized into a dark being, something who is doing this deliberately to me for some reason. I guess this is something that I may have invented in my head to deal with it. I am not really sure. After I got used to it, I never really questioned it. It still occurs about every 2 months or so. Sometimes once a night, other times it can happen several times in one night.

Having suffered with similar experiences myself i know they are not very pleasant, i should imagine that Alien abduction experience is something closely related to sleep paralysis.

Here is another example
About a year and a half ago, I was awoken in the night by a strong, warm breeze. I could not move and could not scream. It lasted about 30 seconds and was gone. I saw nothing. Last week it happened again. I was lying in bed and again was awoken. I felt a very strong force holding me down. I could not sit up. I tried to scream for my daughter and could not get any noise to come out. I tried to hit the wall with my arm and this force would not let me. It again lasted about 30 seconds and was over. I really don't believe in ghosts and didn't see anything at all. I am just really scared and confused.



A medieval depiction of Old Hag the Incubus



 Sleep paralysis has been linked to other sleeping problems such as panic disorders , sleep apnea and narcolepsy, even though i have suffered with these events in the past, as terrifying as they are you somehow get used to them and there is usually a way for them to stop if you can eliminate stress and other worries from your life.









 

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