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Is this sleep paralysis?

Livi

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Since I was a kid, I have woken in the night in a half wake/half sleep kind of limbo. It feels like it mainly happens not long after I have gone to sleep - 30-40 minutes after dropping off. It's pretty horrible and frightening. I know where I am and conscious of noises around me - my husband coming to bed etc, but l lose the ability to talk in sentences (I can manage a grunt!) and it feels like my eyes are rolling back into my head. Because I know I am doing all these things I think I should be able to stop them, but I can't. I have recently learnt to move my body - starting with my big toe until I am able to move my body/roll over. It comes with intense feeling too - fear, grief etc. It takes me a few days to get over this.

My question is - is this sleep paralysis? Does anyone else have it? I assume this is yet another symptom of PTSD that I am only just starting to understand?
 
Sounds like sleep paralysis to me. I have to say tho, I only heard of it the first time a few weeks ago. I was watching a documentary about sleep and they described it very similar to what you've said and I was like "OMG that's a thing?! I'm so glad I've never experienced that!"

If it happens to you regularly, it might be worth going to one of those sleep labs. I've spent 2 nights in one to rule out sleep apnea and I was a bit anxious about going there but it was fine.
 
Sleep paralysis is what keeps us from acting out our dreams. Sleepwalking (and night terrors, and other parasomnias) are what happen when that function isn’t working right. Which can happen for a lot of reasons.

Since I was a kid, I have woken in the night in a half wake/half sleep kind of limbo. It feels like it mainly happens not long after I have gone to sleep - 30-40 minutes after dropping off. It's pretty horrible and frightening. I know where I am and conscious of noises around me - my husband coming to bed etc, but l lose the ability to talk in sentences (I can manage a grunt!) and it feels like my eyes are rolling back into my head. Because I know I am doing all these things I think I should be able to stop them, but I can't. I have recently learnt to move my body - starting with my big toe until I am able to move my body/roll over. It comes with intense feeling too - fear, grief etc. It takes me a few days to get over this.

My question is - is this sleep paralysis? Does anyone else have it? I assume this is yet another symptom of PTSD that I am only just starting to understand?
Maybe.

It could also be a lot of other things, on various spectrums.

Sounds like seeing a sleep specialist would be helpful, regardless of what is actually happening.
 
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