Question: One night I was sleeping in at a relatives house. Since there wasn’t an extra bed, I slept in the living room beside the kitchen and the balcony. In other words, it was very open space. I don’t know if its because I was sleeping somewhere I wasn’t used to, or just because I was feeling a little bit cold, but that night I experienced something that I’ve never experienced before.
Before I begin describing how it felt, I can say that it would have been much different had I known about this before hand. Somewhere in the middle of the night between my sleep, something caused me to wake up. But the problem was that I couldn’t open my eyes. I can tell you that I was fully conscious and was not dreaming. I tried to open my eyes, and I put a lot of force to it but again they wouldn’t open, as if something was forcefully keeping them shut. I recall at a point even seeing a yellow like ring in each eye, which now I can say was probably cause by the pressure I put on them. Even worse, I tried to talk but nothing would come out of my mouth. I wanted to scream, but again, nothing. I couldn’t even breathe. I was able to move, but by the time I was free of this ‘force,’ I remember to have let out a small scream. I was shaking and was sweating. What just happened to me?I experienced this once more later on that week. I’m still not sure what exactly caused it to happen. I could tell you however, that I don’t remember doing anything differently that week to what I do usually. Our body works in very mysterious way, but it is certainly very intriguing.

Answer: Thanks for writing in Ron. Sleep paralysis can be a terrifying thing, and it happens to so many people quite often. In regards to what it is caused by, you can read about why sleep paralysis happens here.

Thanks for your question and good luck,
Kevin