I got pretty blase about my dude after I learned what sleep paralysis was. Like, I still felt the physiological effects of terror, but it would be like, "Oh, yeah... there he is."
Wish I could show this comic to teenage me. And also explain sleep paralysis.
And, it's like... that wasn't what I had.
Meanwhile, all the alarms are going off because everything is wrong, and so I'm terrified, and what is there to be afraid of? Someone Is Present.
Well, not the whole world.
Because you're on a bed.
As far as anything I could perceive about the world could tell me, this was true.
It will do things to you.
I didn't know it was sleep paralysis. I knew sleep paralysis existed, but no one had ever described what sleep paralysis actually felt like.
I think the most magical thing on the internet is when you see someone describing something and you suddenly know you're not alone.
I'm saying, in case you have a sleep phase disorder that maybe you didn't even know was a sleep phase disorder: caffeine in your system at levels too low to keep you awake can disrupt your sleep cycle.
And I spent a good ten years of my life, half of those years as an adult, thinking demons were maybe real and picking on me.