Question: First episode when I was 10 or 11. I’m now 64. It takes different forms with me and sometimes doesn’t happen for periods of years. I’ve also had two episodes in one day. Some occurrences are in the middle of the night, and some are during daytime naps. During the nighttime episodes I usually make noises and can sometimes say words like “help me, help me”, and my wife will wake me up (or as she puts it “saves me”).
I have a very clear understanding of what is happening, but I’m “stuck”. I usually strain and struggle until I suddenly snap out of it with a jolt. In one incident my wife had a very difficult time waking me. She was literally rolling me in the bed and speaking to me as well. I was totally aware of all of this, but was unable to come out of it. Some times I feel like there is someone in the room, and that can be frightening. On some occasions I have an episode when I’ve been asleep, I awake, and then go back to sleep (especially when napping). I’ve tried every method I can think of to help me wake up when this occurs, but nothing seems to work. I’ve learned to live with it and accept that it will just happen occasionally and there is nothing I can do about it.

Answer: Hey Jim, thanks for sharing this. Another lifelong sufferer, Ryan Hurd, wrote a book about sleep paralysis, and strategies to avoid it and make the most of it. I wrote a review on it here if you’re interested.

Thanks for your question and good luck,
Kevin