Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
I had sleep paralysis. It started when I was about 13 years old and it was very scary. I didn't know what this is, and nobody I told had ever heard about it. Sometimes this occured for several nights a month, then sometimes it took years until it came again. The last time was 14 years ago - I am now 48.
I have a lot of hypnagogia which is pretty much sleep paralysis but does not have the paralysis effect. I can't move often though but it's due to absolute fear and not just not being able to move.
Normally there is a shadow person kind of just standing in the corner of my room. This one time it was happening I looked up and there was a room that existed within my wall. So in this state I sort of jumped/bolted while I was lying down to attempt to go into the other room. Only I face planted the wall and woke up.
I don't have hard time breathing but I feel this enormous pressure... I especially love that painting from Henri Fuseli, it shows just the way I feel, like you have a demon sitting on your chest.
I get it rarely and just starting within the past few years, and I was already a lucid dreamer by then so I wasn't that afraid of it. It did throw me the first few times though and not being able to move was concerning. I've also had a shadow person standing at the end of my bed looking at me, and I tried to reach out a phantom hand to him but he just stared at me and vanished.... So mine aren't really that bad, but sometimes I feel like I'm loopier during them than a lot of people describe. Sort of like being really drunk.