Question: Hi there,
I’m just 15 years old and i experience this sleep disorder: I cannot breathe, cannot move my body, even say words but i can see my surroundngs. I cannot ask for help, then i struggle to catch my breath and after that i woke up as if i drowned. Could that be sleep apnea?

Answer: Hi Jean, thanks for writing in! What you describe sounds very much like a little-known occurrence that people experience actually fairly commonly when awakening from sleep known as sleep paralysis. You can read about what sleep paralysis is and why it occurs here. And you can read stories from other people about sleep paralysis here.It can be quite a terrifying experience when you don’t know what’s going on, but hopefully that information helps shed some light on it for you.

Thanks for your question and good luck,