Question: My name is Jason, I’m 33 years old, and this has happened to me many, many times, always just BEFORE I fall asleep, ever since I was probably 18.
I can be lying down in any position and I can feel my body just fall limp. My breath slows down and, when it first happened, I felt like I was suffocating. I tried to take a deep breath but my lungs didn’t respond and I started to panic. I couldn’t sit up, in fact, I couldn’t even move. I can still hear everything going on around me.I also fall asleep with my eyes partially open sometimes, and I can see everything going on around me but I can’t move my eyes. I can feel the tears running down my cheek, knowing I can’t stop it unless I can startle myself enough to wake up my body.The only thing I CAN do, is get either one of my feet to move at the ankle. If I shake my foot hard enough, I can now wake up my wife, who knows what that means, and shakes me till I am ok.Over the years I have been able to sometimes force my exhale out harder to make a slight noise. If my wife is not in bed with me and it happens, I am in some trouble. I can get my feet moving, sometimes both feet going enough to shake my entire body, yet I sometimes can’t wake up.I feel like I am dying in my sleep, but I’m forced to be mentally awake, almost as some type of punishment. Once, I tried to accept that I couldn’t wake up from it and just go to sleep… yah right! Didn’t work.I still panic when it happens. When I do finally wake up, if I try to lay back down immediately, it will happen again. I have had this happen 3-4 times in a row before I figured out I have to get out of bed, and walk around, get a drink or do something for a few minutes.To this day, I suffer from this condition 2-3 times a month with no medication, and it frightens me every time.