How Sleep Paralysis Works, or The Worst Thing That Can Happen While You're Sleeping


How Sleep Paralysis Works, or The Worst Thing That Can Happen While You're Sleeping "The Nightmare," by Henry Fuseli
How Sleep Paralysis Works, or The Worst Thing That Can Happen While You're Sleeping "The Nightmare," by Henry Fuseli

For as long as people have been sleeping, about half of us have probably suffered from sleep paralysis. Thanks to an unusual fluke in the sleep cycle, the sufferer feels paralyzed and consumed by fear as something on their chest tries to kill them.

Additional Links

Terror in the Night

The Sleep Paralysis Project, with Vimeo of Prof. Chris French

The Demon on Your Chest and Other Terrifying Tales of Sleep Paralysis

An Instance of Sleep Paralysis in Moby-Dick

Etymology of Nightmare