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Daily Prompt, Nightmares

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Describe the last nightmare you remember having. What do you think it meant?

Sleep Paralysis

The most terrifying sleep experience I’ve ever had is not a nightmare, but sleep paralysis. It’s an error in neural signals as you shift in or out of REM sleep. It’s most likely to occur when you fall asleep on your back. I try to avoid that.
When it happens it feels as though I’m awake, but I can’t move and I’m terrified. I’m trying like hell, on the inside, to wake my husband but I can’t make a sound or move a muscle. I can’t breathe, I’m afraid I’m going to die.
During one episode I hallucinated a demon. Hallucination is common with sleep paralysis, people report seeing ghosts or demons or a dark presence. I don’t believe in demons, but still,it was frightening.
One time I awoke from a deep sleep, screaming as my butt hit the floor. I didn’t know why I was screaming and I didn’t know why I’d fallen out of bed on my ass. I couldn’t remember anything I’d been dreaming. Freaked me out. Scared the heck out of my poor husband too.
Sleep paralysis may be hereditary. I think I got it from my mother. She used to wake up screaming bloody murder. That was very scary for the little me.
It hasn’t happened to me in a few years. I hope it never happens again.

Author: Susan B Raven

For many years I have suffered from debilitating bloglessness, only writing in my head, while everyone else posted and shared with ease. Previous attempts at recovery have failed, my secret journals edited to death, pages torn out, crumpled and trashed. I will not succumb to this embarassing condition. I will continue to struggle against the rampant backspacing and endless blank staring. I refuse to relapse into the void that is bloglessness. I can do it. I am doing it. I am Overcoming Bloglessness.

One thought on “Daily Prompt, Nightmares

  1. I’ve never heard it described that way – sleep paralysis. But the paralysis and the demon or dark presence is spot on because that’s what happened to me over 15 years ago and it was the most terrifying thing I’d ever experienced.

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