samedi, février 19, 2005

Dream That Felt So Real

Last night, I hit the bed at 5... am. Been having this 'rountine' since early this week. Being highly caffeinated, together with great companionship of other nocturnal creatures like me, I didn't feel the need to sleep that early.

Then I had this spooky, weird dream that somehow felt soo real. Something that I used to experienced long time ago. Kena tindih. From the medical explanation, this situation is called atonia, the condition where a frightening form of paralysis occurs when a person suddenly finds himself or herself unable to move for a few minutes, most often upon falling asleep or waking up. Commonly called sleep paralysis, the condition is due to an ill-timed disconnection between the brain and the body.

The symptoms of sleep paralysis include sensations of noises, smells, levitation, paralysis, terror, and images of frightening intruders.

Usually, the 'attacks' I experienced were only limited to having only paralysis with a disability to project any sound from the vocal chord, and that normally lasted for a few seconds. However, the one that took place early this morning was accompanied by a faint, unrecognizable words; and I swear that that Thing gave me a soft whiff on my ear.

Once considered very rare, about half of all people are now believed to experience sleep paralysis sometime during their life.

While the Malays associate this as the work of a Djin or makhluk halus, other cultures also have their own names for atonia including the "old hag" in Newfoundland (for an old witch thought to sit on the chest of the paralyzed sleeper), "kokma" in the West Indies (for a ghost baby who jumps on the sleeper's chest and attacks the throat), "kanashibari" in Japan and "gui ya" or ghost pressure in China (because a ghost is believed to sit on and assault the sleeper).

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