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It's a good thing I already knew what sleep paralysis was, because otherwise that ghoul who just slurked into my room would have scared the SHIT out of me. As it was, I spent the whole dream thinking, "Dude, this is totally sleep paralysis, whoa!" even while I panicked with deep Lovecraftian dread, and when the paralysis went away I (still in the dream) bolted upright and told that dang nightmare to GTFO because he was only a damn hypnopompic hallucination and I was trying to sleep, god dammit.

Yeah, that was an adventure.

Probably it would not be acceptable to call in to work because you got no sleep on account of the damn incubus in your room. Seriously, those things are almost as bad as mosquitos.

Though mosquitos are still worse. I have never gotten malaria from an incubus, after all.

Date: 2016-03-17 08:03 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
At least you're not hallucinating someone pounding on your door, which is what I get as I fall asleep. I've taken to checking the cats to see if they've heard anything; the time I called the cops and got a SWAT team was, um, embarrassing.

Date: 2016-03-18 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] padparadscha.livejournal.com
I like to think SWAT teams get that all the time.

Date: 2016-03-17 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ishyface.livejournal.com
Man, what did the ghoul look like??? I've had sleep paralysis before but have never actually seen any of the weird monster things that people claim to see when it happens to them, which is disappointing. I wanna see eldritch abominations too, dammit.
Edited Date: 2016-03-17 02:06 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-03-18 07:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] padparadscha.livejournal.com
He was a tall hairless pearly-grey human (NOT a Grey alien. All the human proportions and features, eyelids and sclera and a nose and everything!) crouched at the end of the bed. He seemed completely unconcerned when I started hollering at him.

Date: 2016-03-18 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ishyface.livejournal.com
Niiiiiice! Unflappable, those ghouls.

Date: 2016-03-17 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-phoenix54.livejournal.com
I've had episodes of sleep paralysis since I was a kid, and it used to terrify me. I would have never had the presence of mind to tell it to GTFO when I woke up! (of course, I wasn't aware I was dreaming) I think it should be perfectly reasonable to call in to work because of incubus attack!

Date: 2016-03-18 07:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] padparadscha.livejournal.com
I don't think it was presence of mind, really. I often have a sort of lucid-not-lucid thing going in dreams, where know I'm dreaming and start trying to scientifcally observe the dream but still wind up acting with crazy dream logic. I think it was just that weird dissonance trying to be heard.

Date: 2016-03-17 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] acrossthelake.livejournal.com
Holy crap, I've had sleep paralysis before but it's never been accompanied by the hallucinations. I dunno if I would've had your presence of mind if that ever happened to me, even if I did know I was hallucinating.

Date: 2016-03-18 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] padparadscha.livejournal.com
Once or twice I've had them, but it feels more like a dream than other people describe it.

The ghoul did not care about my yelling. He just kept peering over the foot of the bed like, "... are you gonna be done soon?"

Date: 2016-03-18 01:02 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] badgermirlacca.livejournal.com
I don't recall ever having sleep paralysis *while I was asleep.* It used to happen to me as I woke up, and it was the most terrifying thing ever--I couldn't even breathe, and I'd be awake and aware that I couldn't move. I'd finally be able to break it by shaking myself, jerking around, but at first I wasn't even able to do that much.

I was told that this was probably related to apnea, and it's true that I haven't had an episode since I started using a CPAP. I'd happily go the rest of my life not ever experiencing it again.

Date: 2016-03-18 07:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] padparadscha.livejournal.com
Yeah, I wondered if this counted because I woke up at the end of it, where all the reports I've read make it sound more like you're already awake and your brain is scrambling to catch up. But except for that, the details of the episode seemed remarkably similar to the descriptions--can't move, evil presence, ghoulish figure at the foot of the bed, physical panic sensation, etc.

I expect my episodes are due to the meds I'm on. The sure give me crazyass dreams.

Date: 2016-03-18 03:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] badgermirlacca.livejournal.com
I never got the evil presence/ghoul thing, and the panic was purely because I could not breathe. I can't remember now if I was on any particular meds--I don't think so. So yeah, your experience may well be tied into that.

I still love the idea of a ghoulswatter.

Date: 2016-03-18 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] topum.livejournal.com
Oh boy, I think this is definitely worse than mosquitos.

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