About once a week, Jean-Christophe Terrillon wakes up and senses the presence of a threatening, evil being beside his bed. Terror ripples through him, and he tries to move or call out. But he is paralyzed, unable to raise an arm or make a sound. His ears ring, a weight presses down on his chest, and he has to struggle for breath."I feel an intense pressure in my head, as if it's going to explode," said Mr. Terrillon, a Canadian physicist doing research in Japan. Sometimes he finds himself transported upward and looking down on his body, or else sent hurtling through a long tunnel, and these episodes are terrifying even for a scientist like himwho does not believe that evil spirits go around haunting people.Called sleep paralysis, this disorder -- the result of a disconnect between brain and body as a person is on the fringe of sleep -- is turning out to be increasingly common, affecting nearly half of all people at least once.
Moreover, a growing number of scholars believe that sleep paralysis may help explain many ancient reports of attacks by witches and modern claims of abduction by space aliens.
"I think it
can explain claims of witchcraft and alien abduction," said Kazuhiko
Fukuda, a psychologist at Fukushima University in Japan and a leading
expert on sleep paralysis. Research in Japan has had a headstart
because sleep paralysis is well-known to most Japanese, who call it
kanashibari, while it is little-known and less studied in the West.
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