I am in my late 20's. I have a pretty active lifestyle. I try to get some sleep as much as possible. However, I do suffer from sleep paralysis (with lucid dreams). It started when I was in high school and it continues to bother me up until now. The weird thing is I notice it happens every 2 years right around my birthday. In my dream, there's this guy wearing an old-fashioned tux and hat, he keeps telling me to go with him and he'll give me everything to keep me happy. Once I feel the buzzing, floating feeling in my head, and heavy chest (like someone was strangling me or sitting on me), the dreams start and I find myself paralyzed. Everything in my dream was a replica of my bedroom. There was even a time, I saw 2 images of me in my sleep. The first was me in my sleeping state, while the second was more like the soul which was struggling NOT to leave my body. The scarier part is that the previous part of the dream showed the "old fashioned guy" sort of wringing my neck or he was like beckoning me to go with him. This happened 7 days in a row.
You can just imagine how awfully scared I am when these stuff occur. Hence, I joined this forum.
Hello KSmi, That does sound frighterning and it is weird that it seems to happen around the same time annually. I know that disruptions to your sleep-wake cycle and stress can make it more likely that someone will experience SP, could it be that you're staying up late organising birthday celebrations, or worried about how the celebrations are going to go? What you see and feel during SP are fairly common, although that's not to say that they are not frightening, they must be, seeing your body from an outside vantage point and seeing and feeling strange things are often part of SP. Hope this helps, Julia