How I Learned to Live with Sleep Paralysis and the Terror That Comes with It

The author in his bed. Photos courtesy of the author.

Laying paralyzed in bed has been a regular facet of my nocturnal life since primary school. When it happens, I'm stuck somewhere between sleep and consciousness; it feels as if my brain is wide awake but, for some reason, I'm completely unable to move or speak. It takes all my strength to simply muster a few feeble whimpers. For a long, long time, I had no idea what it was, but now I know it's sleep paralysis.

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