January 4, 2016 12:20 pm

Unable To Move

We’ve likely all experienced it at one point or another. You’re falling asleep, or just waking up, and you go to turn on your side… but you can’t. Your legs and arms are like cement, plastered to your mattress, and you can’t move.

Then suddenly, you sense something moving in the darkness of your room. It starts in the corner, and slowly makes its way towards your bed. You try and call for help, to scream for anyone to come help you, but you can’t. You may even begin to choke as a hand slowly grasps around your neck.

And then suddenly, you sit up. Panic-stricken, you look desperately around your room for the creature that you swear was JUST there! But it’s gone. Sound even a little familiar?


What you’ve experienced is sleep paralysis. The condition can be one of the most frightening things to experience, but there’s a simple explanation to what’s happening.

Before there were studies of the condition, folklore went rampant about what could be causing these frightening moments. There weren’t any scientific explanations at the time, and so the paranormal, supernatural or Godlike were blamed.

The devil and demons were both found to be the cause in folklore going back to Grecian times. But those demons had to leave, as their “magical enchantments must fail, upon cock’s crow.” All of these beliefs now have a scientific basis in today’s world, including this last myth. So what’s really happening?


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This post was written by Nadia Vella