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Sleep paralysis - Wikipedia [AKA kanashibari, old hag, etc. Take a look at the folklore section of the article.]
"Physiologically, it is closely related to the paralysis that occurs as a natural part of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is known as REM atonia. Sleep paralysis occurs when the brain awakes from a REM state, but the bodily paralysis persists. This leaves the person fully conscious, but unable to move. In addition, the state may be accompanied by terrifying hallucinations (hypnopompic or hypnagogic) and an acute sense of danger."

[Update 7 July 2013: Just tracked down the first reference I saw to this: James Luckett's blog, July 8, 2003: http://web.archive.org/web/20030806102151/http://consumptive.org/weblog/blog.html ]
sleepparalysis  sleep  dreaming  dreams  consciousness  psychology  sleepdisorder  srg  kanashibari  oldhag  glvo 
september 2008 by robertogreco

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