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NIGHT TERROR [Dec. 8th, 2010|05:53 pm]
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Have you ever experienced a night terror or sleep terror?

definition according to wiki:

"A night terror, also known as a sleep terror or pavor nocturnus, is a parasomnia disorder characterized by extreme terror and a temporary inability to regain full consciousness. The subject wakes abruptly from slow-wave sleep, with waking usually accompanied by gasping, moaning, or screaming while waking. It is often impossible to awaken the person fully because they are so concentrated on waking, and after the episode the subject normally settles back to sleep without waking. A night terror can rarely be recalled by the subject. They typically occur during non-rapid eye movement sleep."

I had a horrible one last night, and that's the first time in 4 years and it seems like they get scarier as i grow older. I used to have them a lot when I was a kid and the last time it happened was my senior year of high school. I did some other research and apparently only 2.2 percent of adults continue to experience this after adolescence.

But its awful! and they're always so abstract i can't ever explain them the way i want to. Last night i was trapped in my own body but it wasn't my real body, it was plastic or spider skin (i think i came from a spider?) or something and i felt i would be trapped there forever, there was something covering me, i had to go outside and lay in the snow and then there were feathers! feathers! feathers! too many feathers and i was drying my eyes with them but i couldn't get them off of me and i was trapped! trapped! trapped! ya know the feeling of extreme panic right before you experience a car wreck or you realize you've broken a bone or cut yourself while doing dishes? and then the adrenaline comes and you're in the moment and you're not so panicked? well, imagine that feeling you usually only feel for a few seconds and multiply it by several long long long minutes or hours, who knows! then add terror! the most extreme terror you've ever felt and that sinking feeling in your stomach when somebody startles you, but it lasts FOREVER (it seems like) and you can't shake it out of your body.

horrible. terrible. i would never wish this experience on anyone...but am i the only one? does anyone else have this problem?