I really hate to post a topic when I rarely do anything more than read other's topics and pray for more comfort for all of us with these DDs. Last night was a particularly bad night. While drifting off to much needed sleep, I slipped into Sleep Paralysis. "SP is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes." Normally, I slip into SP when I first fall asleep; it doesn't happen real often, thank God. it feels as tho I am sinking deeper into the bed (which begins to feel like a deep hole), and I feel that if I don't wake up I will die. I always fight it, trying hard to open my eyes or to move. My husband has learned to wake me up if he suspects this is what's happening to me. Evidently, I try to scream. This usually only happens to me when I am stressed and haven't been very good sleep. Don't understand why it wouldn't happen every night, but am sure glad it doesn't. Once in SP last night, I felt as tho someone/thing was trying to take away my pillow. When I would try to pull it back, my hand "touched" a mushy, creepy, hand, and the terror began. My husband woke me up as he hadn't fallen asleep yet. This happened several times over until I finally drifted off to sleep. Then very strange dreams (nightmares) took over. I was in 3 different dreams (hard to explain). Dream 3 felt like a dream and then I woke up into dream 2 thinking I was awake. I kept falling down, could not walk straight or talk well enough to be understood. Everyone in this dream thought I was drunk, and did not believe me when I told them I was only drinking water. Then I began to think that Dream 2 was also a dream, so I fought really hard to wake up; and finally woke up to what I would call Dream 1. This dream (D1) was not nearly as frightening as D3 or 2; but, no fun never the less. When I finally awoke from this Dream, I was really awake. Has anyone ever had this happen to them? I know it sounds very complicated, but surely I am not the only person to ever experience this. I will have to speak to my Rheumy about my meds. Or never sleep again . . . this experience is not something I EVER want to have again. Triple Creepy. UGH!