Fireside Chats: Restless Leg and Night Terrors, Part Two
Read the first installment in this series—which was intended to be the *only* installment in this series—before you read this one. It will make more sense that way.
So this past weekend I had another of my (thankfully infrequent) experiences of sleep paralysis. This one was the worst I’ve ever had. I still had no hallucinations, thank God, but this time I did experience a little of what so many people report, that sense of not being able to breathe, of something pressing down on the chest. I don’t know if there is ever anything supernatural about what people experience while undergoing sleep paralysis. What I think happened with me is, my body was asleep, and my breathing was the shallow, light breathing I typically experience while asleep but have no cognition of. Since my mind was awake, though, my impulse was to take a deep breath—and I couldn’t. Is that what makes people believe they are being attacked while undergoing sleep paralysis? That feeling of not being able to breathe?
As usual, I was able to use my right foot, then my right leg, to “shake” myself out of sleep paralysis. This time, though, something happened that has never happened before: I “shook” myself right out of bed. Like, I fell and hit the floor. My back is still sore as I sit typing this report. Ouch!
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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