Question: I am a 26 year old male. I have been fighting with sleep paralysis since I was 5 years old.
In my search for answers I began researching the web. I have shared my stories with family and friends. Some have said that they have had similar episodes, but none quite like mine.My first episode when I was 5, I stayed up a few hours later than usual. This episode stands so vivid in my mind because of the illusions. As I read and study more about the disease I start to put myself into these different stages. This happens to me at least 2 to 6 times weekly. For most of my life I was very active in sports, slept on a normal schedule, did not smoke or drink, and had a very healthy diet. Even during these times I had harsh episodes of sleep paralysis. To this day I have trained myself to make a gurgling sound with my throat for my wife to shake me out of it. I can not breathe and my jaw becomes locked.At times when it happens to me when my wife leaves for work before I do and this happens I lay there helpless and terrified. I come out of it just before I feel like I am about to die. They say the disorder is not harmful, but as I get older I fear extreme heart attack.I continue to fight through and research for more answers. For all who have problems with sleep paralysis share your stories and give all insight to help them with their fears and questions.