When you’re asleep, your brain releases chemicals that paralyzes your body so that you don’t act out your dreams. This is normal and happens to everyone, even me! What I didn’t know is that you could actually wake up during this process and be in between the state of dreaming and the state of wakefulness! I found it really cool and interesting, and I thought that I wanted to experience this. The average age of when sleep paralysis episodes are first experienced areage 14-17, but it can be experienced at any age group.
If teenagers first experience sleep paralysis, along with the frightening hallucinations caused by shifting in between the stage of sleep and being awake, and breathing difficulty, they should be aware that this is nothing to be afraid of (even though it causes abnormal amounts of fear) and that they aren’t going crazy. Sleep paralysis can also be exhausting as it takes almost all of your energy to regain control of your body. A problem this can cause is lack of sleep, or being exhausted after sleep instead of having a restful night. Another problem could be fear of sleep because the experience of sleep paralysis could be truly terrifying and you may not want to experience it again.
I think that sleep paralysis could give you an experience utterly out of this world, like flying or seeing your body from above and floating, which is like, you’re dying, but… you’re… not… dying… Anyways, I used to think that sleep paralysis was awesome, but after reading the article and researching a lot, I realized that the people that actually do experience it wish that they don’t because it was such a scary (scary is actually an understatement) experience, and after I looked deeper into it, I felt like I’d never want to be in the horrific hallucinations and the I-can’t-breathe scenario.