SHHH!! I’M SLEEPING!! Seriously, dude. You come home while I’m napping and wake me up from my precious naptime. I have narcolepsy and I NEED my sleep. But no, YOU are home and apparently, you could care less.
I’d tell you to BE QUIET but, hmm, I’m paralyzed.
You stomp around like you own the place – singing, burping, laughing and talking to yourself. Can’t you see I’m laying in bed, sleeping?! Well, I was sleeping, but now I’m not. Thanks to you.
And now that I’m awake, why not stop to say hello? How rude!
Wait, is it you or our obnoxious loud neighbor? Hopefully I’ll get a glimpse of you to confirm.
Is this REAL? I see the door, and it looks real, but sometimes it’s confusing with narcolepsy… Hmm, I’ll lift my arm, and if I see my arm raising in my vision, I’ll know this is real. Wait, I can’t lift my arm. Still paralyzed. Damn it.
Oh, now you’ve turned on the shower. That’s DEFINITELY our shower. But you showered right before you left home an hour ago. You’re weird.
Sleep Paralyzed Version of Your Girlfriend Julie
What are hypnagogic hallucinations and sleep paralysis?
Hypnagogic & hypnopompic hallucinations are vivid hallucinations upon falling asleep or waking – often involving hearing, feeling touch and seeing figures in the room.
Sleep paralysis is the inability to move one’s body while falling asleep or waking. The paralysis may last a few seconds to a few minutes during which time one is unable to move at all, not even a finger.
People without narcolepsy can experience these too, usually when stressed or sleep deprived – they just tend to affect people with narcolepsy much more frequently.
Although my nighttime medication greatly reduces the frequency, I still have these mostly during naps. Sometimes it’s a scary intruder, recently it’s been this loud version of my boyfriend who only comes when Alex is away. For the record, the real Alex is a great singer and always considerate of my sleep habits – he doesn’t want to wake the beast. Now, I discount almost everything I experience around my sleep-time, because it probably didn’t happen.