While opposing factions argue whether classic Awareness during Sleep Paralysis is a medical mystery or a spiritual phenomenon, there is something else occurring that is more frightening than sleep paralysis!
There are men, women, and children from around the world that awaken to the presence of nonhuman beings and transient anomalies in their homes. These “ghostly” intruders are often referred to as Bedroom Invaders. The medical community immediately (and without investigation) diagnoses all such witnesses as sufferers of Awareness during Sleep Paralysis.
The definitive symptom of Awareness during Sleep Paralysis negates ASP as a blanket explanation for home invasions by nonhumans and anomalies. Awareness during Sleep Paralysis occurs when the brain is in the transition state between deep, dreaming sleep and waking up. Imagine awakening to discover that you cannot move a muscle or speak! With the exception of perhaps your eyes and your breathing, you find yourself virtually frozen in bed. For some ASP sufferers, even opening their eyelids is impossible! The ultimate, never changing, symptom of ASP is PARALYSIS.
Another commonly reported symptom of ASP is being "hag-ridden." Many people have a sense of chest pressure or breathlessness during sleep paralysis, which likely relates to the limited muscles that are active to help you breathe. During REM sleep, the diaphragm acts as a bellows to help you inflate your lungs and breathe, but few of the other accessory muscles of breathing are active. Some people experience this as if someone or something is standing or sitting on their chest.
Less than twenty-five per cent of the witnesses to genuine encounters with Bedroom Invaders report any kind of paralysis and none report the “hag-ridden” symptoms of chest pressure! Dream imagery overlap into the waking state does not disturb physical surroundings nor explain those encounters where intrusive entities affect our environment and interact with the peoples, flora, and fauna of our reality.
Most encounters with the unexplained and unknown happen to people with zero interest or working knowledge of the "mysteries" that they stumble upon. These things become believed in because they are seen and experienced. Spontaneous meetings between man and mystery are the fastest and best way to convert skeptics and debunkers.
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Author of "It's NOT Sleep Paralysis! (The Global Nightmare of Bedroom Invaders)"