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To Sleep, Perchance to Scream

Here’s a fascinating article on sleep paralysis, the phenomenon of finding yourself paralyzed with a terrifying dream just as you drift off or wake up. I never knew this had a name, but I experienced it at least twice when I was in college. These were the sort of nightmares that keep you up for weeks because you’d rather not repeat them, the kinds of things you never forget. Somehow, it’s comforting to know they’re not that uncommon and that scientists somewhere are bothering to study them.

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  1. Thank you for pointing the article: it’s really fascinating. Not being a native english speaker, I’ve always wondered about the origin of the word “nightmare”. Now I know 😉

    Besides, I’ve experimented this sleep paralysis thing myself a couple of times in the past… and it’s really disturbing.

  2. Thank you for pointing the article: it’s really fascinating. Not being a native english speaker, I’ve always wondered about the origin of the word “nightmare”. Now I know 😉

    Besides, I’ve experimented this sleep paralysis thing myself a couple of times in the past… and it’s really disturbing.

  3. It sure is. I’ve only had two instances of sleep paralysis, but they were staggering. I wonder if horror writers get them all the time. 🙂

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    It sure is. I’ve only had two instances of sleep paralysis, but they were staggering. I wonder if horror writers get them all the time. 🙂

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