Illustration for Encyclopaedia Of The Things That Never Were (1985)
I had a night terror last night. It's been so long since I've had one that I forgot how awful they are. I woke up feeling like someone (or something) was in the room. Actually, I had the feeling that multiple somethings were in the room. One of the things had a tight grip on my arm and was pulling at me. I tried to struggle in a Beowulf-vs-Grendel kind of way, but, alas, the muscle paralysis caused by my slumber had not worn off yet. I finally managed to open my eyes and swore I heard one of the things say, "she struggles...we must leave".
The last time this happened, I thought there was a man lifting up my sheet. I thought I heard him say, "Is she awake, do you think?" That last time, I jumped out of bed as soon as I thought the coast was clear, barricaded myself in my room, and started to call 911. I hung up before it rang, with the subconscious inkling that there weren't really people in my house. Needless to say, however, I stayed up all night clinging the phone.
Last night, when I finally came to my senses, I ran through my house with a baseball bat. I know it sounds stupid, but it was the only thing I could think of doing. My dog, the useless little runt, stayed in bed. Apparently, the intruders had cast some sort of lazy-ass sleeping spell on him. I clocked about 3 hours of sleep last night because of this little escapade.
I would love to study the neurobiology of sleep terrors. One wonders if the concept of demon/ evil spirit/alien intruders could be explained solely by this phenomenon.
I hope I wasn't probed.
Here's a webpage dedicated to this type of sleep paralysis/terror/hallucinations. I couldn't find any good articles on hypnagogic hallucinations and sleep paralysis that everyone would have access to, but if I do, I'll post them.