Feeling “Frozen” – Unable to Move in the Middle of the Night

Rating: Strange

Have you ever awakened from sleep and you cannot move? It’s very unnerving – no matter what age you are when it happens. I have heard different terms used to describe this experience – a friend of mind calls it feeling “frozen”.

This has happened to me many, many times. You know you are awake. Sometimes you can look around the room – without moving your head. You are conscious and you are aware of what is happening around you. But you are completely unable to move a muscle.

Usually, this starts to make you afraid so you try even harder to move. You try calling out someone’s name for help. Nothing works. You are stuck.

I hate this feeling, don’t you?

I recall when I was first married that I described this situation to my husband. He had no idea what to do. I discovered that the only thing I could control when I was in this state was my breathing. So I told him that if my breathing became erratic in the night, that meant I needed him to “snap me out” of whatever was making me frozen. It worked! Every time I became aware that I was frozen, I would start breathing hard in and out and he would wake up. Then he would shake me until I could move. Wow, what a relief! I finally had help!

Finally, some years later, I discovered that waking up unable to move is actually a trick your mind is playing on you. It’s like some part of you is awake (your consciousness), but the part of your brain that controls your body is NOT awake. So you freak out. What I learned to do was take a deep breath to calm down and tell myself, “It’s time to wake up.” Or pray, “Lord, please wake me up.” Then I would open my eyes. I was now fully awake and could move normally and get up.

So, have you ever woken up at night or in the morning and you cannot move? What did you do to get free? Please feel free to share your experiences below.

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About Kingdom Walker

A woman seeking to understand the world around her - with grace and acceptance toward all. Discernment of the Supernatural Realm - Insight and experiences of the Unseen Realm from a Christian perspective. This blog: https://supernaturaldiscernment.com/

Posted on April 12, 2013, in Strange and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’ve experienced this many times myself I developed a method of moving my right leg or moaning while I try to move leg to let my wife know that I’m awake but stuck. She also watches for my breathing to become erratic and between trying to shake my leg and breathing erratically she usually knows to wake me up to snap me out of it

    • Tom, thanks for sharing! That’s interesting that you could moan or move your leg. I’ve never been able to make a sound or any kind of movement (except control my breathing). I’m glad your wife can help you “snap out of it”! I appreciate that you shared your experience. Thanks for stopping by! Add your email address in the top right corner of this page if you’d like to get more posts like this in your inbox. 🙂

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